Nello

4.5
207 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Fine Northern Italian cuisine is offered in a casual yet sophisticated setting where New York's elite congregate to see and be seen. Fresh flowers enhance the brightly lit dining room that opens onto Madison Avenue in warmer weather. Selections include pastas and fresh seafood with their signature shaved truffles.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(212) 980-9099
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Chef Luis Caisaguano
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 62nd and 63rd Street
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Parking details
DISTINCTIVE PARKING CORP. REGENCY
35-39 East 61 Street between Madison Avenue & Park Avenue.
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Public transit
By train: Take the N,Q,R to 5 Ave/59 St Station or the 4,5,6 to Lexington Ave/ 59 St Station.
Additional
Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Nello requests a credit card to hold dinner reservations on this day. Please contact the restaurant to complete this reservation. A nonrefundable deposit of $325/person will be applied at the time of booking. Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 207 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JF
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem! Delicious food, and eclectic atmosphere!

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

The food is just good. The prices are crazy. I don’t mind to pay for good food and we regularly do so. But this restaurant is totally absurd. But the place was packed. As long as the upper east people are willing to pay $40 for a simple pasta dish or $75 for a prosciutto appetizer, why not.... but I wouldn’t recommend this place as there are so many good Italian restaurants in the city.

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RW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've heard of Nello before but I couldn't imagine how good it actually is. The food there is delicious, and I'm not talking just about the pastas, even the artichoke salad or a grilled wild salmon have that special something that makes it a lot better. Stefano helped me choose a wine for my order and I just want to say thanks to him because he gave me a great advice. Awesome place that I recommend to anyone!

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N
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is fine, the service is very good and it’s exorbitantly priced bc of the location.

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L
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect
Delicious
And beautiful
And staff very professional and accommodating

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CT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu at Nello is mostly Italian cuisine, with all the pastas and seafood, and actually everything there is extremely tasty. If you want some exotic food – how about pasta with black ink sauce? As you guessed, there are all types of delicatessen – grilled octopus, lobsters, clams and so on. So it's a great restaurant if you just want to have dinner, but it also suits well for trying something new. Also, Stefano should definitely get a pay rise :)

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DH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nello is an awesome Italian restaurant! If you're looking for great Italian or a glass of really tasty wine in a good atmosphere, you will not be disappointed! Alvaro was very friendly and made sure everything was as ordered. Great service and great food!

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RP
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Besides the meals being very tasty, I love Nello’s set up especially the Bar, handled by a very gentle and friendly Joseph, the Bartender. I made a reservation online and they set up the table better than I thought. Popping the question to my girlfriend after an evening of two plates of the Ugly tomato salad, the juicy Ossobucco, and the Black cod with sweet miso was perfect and well worth it. Nello now holds a special place in my heart for making that fantastic and dreamy evening possible. To everyone at the Nello Restaurant, thanks guys, will be visiting again soon.

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LL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Minestrone soup and the Linguine vongole served at Nello’s always brighten up my day. Since my first visit to this gorgeous restaurant, I haven’t been able to go to another one. My dates and corporate one-on-one meetings have always taken place there. I just love everything about Nello including the fabulous staff they have: Giacomo, Atilla, and the other guys there. Coming for Veal chop with wild mushrooms on Wednesday. Keep doing the good work!

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d
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite lunch spots in the city. Food and service are outstanding.

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SC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and i had a fabulous time here. Drinks are delicious and was have to have gluten free options.

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Todo excelente

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L
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nicely appointed, excellent food, excellent service, noise level was elevated due to the tight table arrangement. Definitely costly , however, overall very solid restaurant with a nice wine list and well trained staff. Highly recommend.

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I made a booking for a quiet lunch with my husband for my 30th birthday. After ordering a bottle of champagne and 4 course meal the manager came over demanding that we move because our table could fit four people and we were just two.

When we explained it was my birthday and would prefer not to be moved mid-meal, he whined a series of excuses. The manager then came over 3 additional times to explain he still wanted us to move and if he decided to let us stay at the slightly larger table he would be doing us a huge favor and next time he was going to seat us in the back.

Eventually we left because we did not want to spend the whole meal being accosted about being seated at a table their waiter chose for us.

The fact we are repeat customers was discounted. And, with every meal at this restaurant costing $1000, you would think their staff could follow basic etiquette.

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P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Expensive, but wore them it.

Never fails to impress with the quality of cuisine, mature service and refined hospitality. This is a dining experience for adults. Thankfully.

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BS
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

No guarda relación el costo con la calidad de la comida

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S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I tried Nello's for the first time because I had passed it walking down Madison Avenue and found it's outdoor seating beckoning with a charming aspect. I was not disappointed. The interior is extremely attractive too not to say Romantic and the food seems very fresh and beautifully prepared. The chicken soup I ordered was the best I have found in NYC! My diet is quite restricted but the staff was extremely careful and creative in making sure I had some delicious options. The service started out rather stilted and unfriendly but improved in the course of the meal. Prices are hefty and the soup, though delicious, is VERY expensive. Also they only offer two choices of beers...sad for one who can't drink wine. Still...I plan to return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Amazing Amazing

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Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Very over-priced for slightly above average Italian food.

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FF
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stumbled on Nello last April and had the most delicious fish ever. Went back this weekend with my daughter and we both loved our meals--swordfish for her, veal for me. I will, though, recommend it for a special occasion as it is quite pricey.

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MG
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great euro scene. Drips of the moneyed upper east siders. Service is great- and food comes out quickly and consistently. Over half the patrons - probably closer to 80% are European- wealthy I suspect. The only draw back is it’s expensive $$$

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s
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oppulent surroundings and beautiful ! The floral arrangements were out of this world! I went downstairs and saw the gorgous private room with all the surrounding gold, marble, and wine cellar. I want my birthday dinner there! The food was scrumptious and the service was impeccable. Loved it!

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CD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Surprised and disappointed. We were looking forward to the much-praised table-side Caesar salad, which arrived bland from the kitchen. Waiter mixed up our drink order twice, but at least we were only charged for the first round. The food was unimpressive, bland and seemingly prepared without any care for seasoning. In fairness, we were there on a Monday night, so perhaps the regular kitchen staff was not working. To top it off, we were brought the wrong coats. What? With entrees $65 to $75 (or into 3 figures for truffles) this felt like this Emperor had no clothes.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delightful lunch with friends. We chose this restaurant for bringing good memories of previous trips. We live in São Paulo, Brazil, and we will be back in the next opportunity. Very good food and gentile service!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff and beautiful ambiance but extremely overpriced and food was a bit bland.

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TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The worst restaurant experience for many years. I booked Nello when I had a good experience 10 years earlier..This time it was a parody of serving Italian food you can get 70% cheaper on all Italian restuarants..The servers were arrogant and stood in the way for eachother and let you understand that they were more important than you. When I ordered a wine for $ 150..the cheapest on the wine list, the balded waiter thankfully lost the interest ... but always tried to pour more wine into the glass so maybe we could have 1 bottle more. There were few guests. We arrived at 9pm and left the place at 10pm when they started turning off the lighting, as it was a theater ... and indeed it was actually ... The location is good and the decor may be charming but the mentality and respect for the customer have left the place ... forever forever ... and i have too. Do not be fooled by this restaurant. ,,, total yesterday

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SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nello has become our go to restaurant for a delightful Saturday afternoon lunch. The service is excellent and the food consistently delicious. It is simply beautiful with extensive floral arrangements. Very romantic. It is pricey but you feel it worth it because of the experience. I have enjoyed their pasta dishes and their Veal. The bread basket is yummy. My friend enjoys their Dover sole and salmon. They offer a decadent pasta with truffles by request. If you are looking for a stunning, romantic and relaxing, quiet restaurant and cost isn't a big factor this is the place!!!

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W
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special treat! Dining at Nello is always a wonderful gastronomic experience and well worth the high price (if you don't mind!). The food and service are both amazing. Our favorite waiter is Albero...he makes it a less "stuffy" experience!

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MF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch at Nello is always a must while we visit NYC. Superb menu and service, refined dining at its best.
Beautiful people, beautiful decor, beautiful experience.

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B
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very expensive, but....a once in a lifetime bucket experience

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r
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience! Amazing staff, they know how to make you feel special! The black truffles pasta is excellent, I spent 195.00 USD on this main course, but it's worth it! Strongly recommend!

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N
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for lunch but super overpriced for endive salad $34

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RH
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent friendly wait staff. Paid attention to small details at the table

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ML
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente experiencia! Nos trataron y comimos muy bien!
Es caro pero consideramos que lo valió.

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SH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

To expensive Restaurant. Poor quantity in comparison with other great Italian restaurants in NY.

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SC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We found Nello too expensive, we had no appetizer an eat mostly pasta

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m
Berlin
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

still one of the best in NYC

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D
Pittsburgh
45 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Makes Jean George prices look like a value meal. Food was great, service great but pushy to buy expensive drinks and items. Beautiful floral arrangements and the price of the water alone will definitely cover those costs.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Extremely expensive, $45 for an appetizer proccuto and melone.

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Altijd heerlijk om bij nello te eten het is natuurlijk heel duur maar soms is dat het waard

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