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About Nello

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.

696 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Between 62nd and 63rd Street

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 980-9099

Parking Details:
DISTINCTIVE PARKING CORP. REGENCY
35-39 East 61 Street between Madison Avenue & Park Avenue.

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.

Executive Chef:
Chef Luis Caisaguano

Additional:
Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Nello Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.3

Noise

Moderate

68% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (7)
Business Meals (6)
People Watching (5)
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Fit for Foodies (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Authentic (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Cozy (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Fun (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Probably most over priced restaurant I have experienced

Simple veal dish was $59 and pasta was close to $50. Less than 6 bottles on the wine list under three figures. I ordered a bottle of red for $80 which reflects an average retail price on Vivino of $13.98

Never again

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Too expensive.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I never give really bad reviews however this place was a joke. Beware when you order any specials as they up the price ridiculously. For example the pasta entrees are $29 and my client orders a pasta special and its $98. On the check there were 2 Pans (?) for 30 at $15 each. I asked what this was and they said 2 bottles of water. DO NOT GO HERE!!!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and service were excellent. The maitre’d was awesome also.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food and ambience are great!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The truffle wasn’t even smell truffle. It was terrible to have so many other clients waiting their tables and talking around our table.
I was really really disappointed with the “truffle” and of course with the price for having an even decent truffle.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

food was not as good as last year, service left a lot to be desired, we felt ingnored

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great decor, waiters breathe was a but smelly, music was too loud and pop music is probably not suitable for a place like Nello's

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Nello's was recommended by a family member. We went for lunch and loved it! Food was fabulous, service polite and efficient. Ambiance was charming though seating on the banquette was a bit too tight for comfort and privacy. Will go back again next time in NYC.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Food was good, but for a high end price, I would say it’s a bit below reasonable for the taste. Drinks are good

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Very Good food and friendly atmosphere. Poor valué for money, we were charged 100 dollars for a bottle of proseco. Service a bit overrated. Pretentious service.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (México)·Dined on September 9, 2017

amazing place to eat caccio e peppe and drink fancy cocktails

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Excelente comida, muy caro para lo que es, sobre todo la carta de vinos.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The only thing missing in this place is music 🎶... like Jazz , piano ....

Tags: Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Horrible.. one of our parties found a fish bone in his mashed potatoes and he was having lamb.. although, they took away the plate and substituted it the damage was already done. Unacceptable for any price.. much more for the really expensive that it is

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Based on reviews I wasn't expecting much for food and only booked to use a significant gift card. I agree that it was extremely overpriced for what you get, but the food was good. The rissoto and langostines were superb. The burrata and proscutto app was also good. The veal chop was under seasoned and not worth it. The service was extremely bad. We had reservations and were seated immediatley. Then we were ignored for at least 15 minutes while others around us were helped. We didn't even have water or a menu to look at. Once we did get menus the waiter was not helpful in making suggestions and was very disinterested. It took forever to get the drinks we ordered and we had to ask twice. I am not sure if poor service and an air of not caring is part of the vibe of this place. Do not plan on returning.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Very nice ambiance, but the prices of food and wine are outrageous for the portion size.
Waiters are attentive, but very used to working with high rollers .

There are many other more modestly priced restaurants in the city to choose from.

Tags: People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The restaurant is overrated.
The quality of food has gone down and the prices have gone up.The service was ok but I think they just try hard to sell their dishes
In the past the food was good and so I have been going every time there but now it has really changed the taste and not good.
Also the welcome is not warm
Will not go again and too overpriced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Called to reserve an outdoor table but told it was given away. Very rude reception. Unapologetic about their mistake. Wildly over priced.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I had invited CEO of my Company since the do lots of lunches and they had suggested Avra
But I chose NELLO cause it's always been my favorite
I asked for a specific table but was seated outside in the sun and street noice

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Very nice, but expensive

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Terrible. $300 trufle pasta. Over cooked, tasteless. Simply robbery.

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vip
 (Savannah)·Dined on May 30, 2017

I have read several negative reviews on nello. This has been one of my favorite restaurants in NYC for over 10 years. It is always great!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Una cena inolvidable en nuestra primera noche en NYC. Excelente plato de pescado. Gastronomía italiana de primer nivel. Ambientación sofisticada y atención muy personalizada.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Abusive, not value for money at all

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I have been in a couple times, the cost vs. value is not there anymore, it is expensive for what it offers.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Delicioso y excelente ambiente , ya que la música es muy buena y la atención también

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Noise was unbearable. After waiting 45 minutes, the waiter told us that the pasta Monte Mare that we had ordered was not eatable, because the sea food was smelling bad. He asked us to make a new order. We decided to go home.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2017

THE TAGLIATELLI WITH WILD MUSHROOMS WAS OVER THE MOON

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (London)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Waitet long to get the menu. Everything else was perfect as always.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Loved Nello. Food is superb, but distinctly pricey.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Overrated , still nice

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Excellent friendly service...Great Italian dishes presented beautifully...The warm lit room is buzzin...this is quality & elegance combined...5 stars all the way !!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Always awesome!! Never go wrong here

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Awesome dining experience... great service in a beautifully warm lit room...the cuisine was incredible...tasted so good...Nello is a class act !!...Kudo's to the chef & staff...see you again

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Went for a very late Valentines Day lunch
Every thing I ordered ( my "go to" dishes) were as good or better than any I have ever had
Fiancé loved it as well
Pricey but worth it

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

expensive and over-rated and food quality is just okay

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Delicious. Expensive.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

The experience was not good !! Dinner was with fixed price menu and we were not informed !! I did not like!! Over priced for the food served !!

Tags: Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Nellos - my favorite restaurant when I visit New York. The ambiance, food, service and style is like no other. Thank you for another wonderful experience. Soon to be back!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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