Nocciola Ristorante

4.1
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130 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

Nocciola is an Italian restaurant in East Harlem serving from classic Italian favorites to irresistible modern flavors complimented by an extensive wine list featuring wines from Italy and around the globe. The vibe is rustic and relaxed.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch Sat, Sun 11 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(646) 559-5304
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Abel Mendoza
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Private party facilities
Private dining in Nocciola takes place in its own intimate setting off of the main dining room. Enjoy the elegance and exceptional service of Nocciola. Our Private Event Director will work with directly with you to create the perfect menu from a selection of classic Nocciola antipasti, primi, second and dolci, paired with wine from our extensive wine list. Nocciola is the perfect setting for a unique, undeniably New York Event. Plan your Holiday event at Nocciola, Private Luncheons, Dinner and Cocktail receptions for 8 to 50 people. For Catering and Private Event inquiries email us at events@nocciolanyc.com or call us 646-559-5304.
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Private party contact
Angel Grande: (917) 868-0074
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Catering
For Catering and Private Event inquiries email us at events@nocciolanyc.com or call us 646-559-5304.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 2nd & 3rd Ave.
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Public transit
Train 6 to 116th Street Station
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
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4.2
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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a great surprise. When we arrived, the restaurant was empty so we were skeptical. However, since it was a Monday night and it was on the early side, we decided to give it a chance. Great that we did. All our food was amazing. We had branzino, seafood w/pasta and penne a la vodka. And an asparagus appetizer that was out of this world! The service was so nice. Perfect. Another table filled in before we began our meal. People need to know about this little gem!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

it took 45 minutes to get our food with little apology or any type of compensation

c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant had a comfortable atmosphere, the service was on point and the food was delicious for a reasonable price. Will be back for sure.

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Walking in we felt welcome and cozy. We were seated right away. The server was attentive and helpful. They were not rushing us to leave. The food was delicious. We hope to go again soon!

k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Party of five. Had pasta, salad, solmon, chicken. All good. Would like to go back.

MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Nice ambiance. Pastas and Gnocchi are home made; I get the gnocchi every time - until I had it here, I never liked them. These are little pillows of perfection!

LG
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

They forgot my appetizers.
I ordered medium steak it came medium rare
The terimizu was watery
The waiter was not attentive

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I may have been gone for some time - but there was definitely a change to the menu.
It was not bad, but it was definitely new. I was not expecting it.
Wish I could have had an Eggs Benedict.

BUT the service was incredible.
Server was so kind - place was empty. She kept our drinks filled, and the food was great.

TQ
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I picked this restaurant for my anniversary and I picked the perfect place. It was super cozy, service was very attentive and the food was delicious. I have already recommended it to friends and I will definitely see myself returning very soon!

ST
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went there for a work lunch on a weekday and the restaurant seems to be very quiet during this time. There's no other restaurants like it in the area and we were all pleasantly surprised by how good every dish was, especially when considering the price! It was an excellent meal and I'll happily return when I'm back in the area.

NG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I was very excited about this dinner since it was their anniversary. I brought along two friends who had also eaten there before. I expected more of a celebration given the multiple emails that they sent about it. The food was good as usual but the waiter was not good. He was an older gentleman with a bow tie who I believe was named Angel. He seemed overwhelmed, scattered and unattentive during the entire that we were there. We had to try to get his attention multiple times to request the check and request that the leftovers be placed in containers. We finally got his attention but again had to wait FOREVER to get the check. When we inquired again, he seemed annoyed and said that he had to wait for the packed food to come out (???????????????). When we finally got the check, we had to wait again to give him the two credit cards. The onsite manager finally took the cards but gave them to him. The waiter again took forever to process the check. My friend walked over to inquire and again he seemed annoyed. He brushed him off and said that there was something wrong with the wifi. This man only received the 20% tip because we believe in supporting local businesses. STILL, the story did not end. Angel charged my friend's card with the total check amount for another table. Never acknowledged the error. He also NOT void the amount charged. My friend spent all weekend on the phone with her bank and the restaurant AND still no resolution. I will not recommend anyone to this restaurant until service improves.

a
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited during Harlem Restaurant Week. The portions were generous and everything was cooked to perfection! Our server was very accommodating. We will be back!

M
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Neighborhood flair but fallen short unfortunately. Overly seasoned pasta dish - way too salty which ruined the dish. The marsala dish was likewise overly seasoned with salt. The tiramisu was a good balance after a very salty dinner! Service was fair, wine list was adequate and fairly priced.

NE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nocciola is the most amazing Italian restaurant in East Harlem! Whether you are entertaining clients, family members, or friends; or simply stopping by for a cocktail at the bar, the staff, food and ambiance are the perfect addition to your day. Recommend the Italian Mojito, Crabmeat Stuffed Shrimp and Homemade Pasta.

GG
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

This restaurant is on a block (E. 116th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) that, within the last couple of years, has several good restaurants. And it does not measure up to what it could be.

First, it's woefuly understaffed (one waiter and what appeared to be no bartender last night (8/7/19). For it to take nearly 30 minutes for a dish of olives to be served is ridiculous.

Second, the communication between the kitchen and service needs improvement (we ordered the beet salad and learned 20 minutes later there were no beets).

Third, basic cooking and recipe knowledge are lacking (for brussel sprouts to be edible and texturally enjoyable, the core must be cut off, unless they are boiled within an inch of their lives, an Arnold Palmer is half iced tea and half lemonade, not iced black tea with lemon juice).

The focaccia and pesto (served gratis) are delicious, as is the polenta, though $9 for what amounts to five bites is, even for Manhattan, ridiculous. My friend enjoyed her garganelli with mushrooms and my papardelle bolognese, which needed salt, was also good, though the noodles were nearly as wide as lasagna noodles, which is not my recollection of papardelle width. That made eating it awkward and it quickly became cold because, as much as I'm a girl who likes her food, there is no way to politely and easily eat such wide noodles with a fork.

Opportunities abound here. Here's to the restaurant's tenth anniversary, coming up soon I think, usher in a reset.

LJ
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to this establishment. I was not disappointed either time. The service is excellent. The food was exactly what was ordered and cooked perfectly. Prices are very reasonable for a restaurant in Manhattan. My wife, daughter and I dined for just over $100.00, and that included a bottle of wine for $38.00. This restaurant is on my list of “must visit” whenever I am in the area. Please consider this dining option, you will not be disappointed. The staff is very friendly and will make every effort to ensure you have a pleasant experience. Our waiter was a professional dancer working to make it the “Big Apple”. Believe me when I say this is a great place for dinner and a great experience overall. Please don’t t forget to tip at least 20%, these people work hard to satisfy you and they are good at what they do.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Small Italian restaurant. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff and good food.

MD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and yummy food.

M
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in NYC, which I hit on every visit to the Big Apple. The gnocchis with rib sauce are the best I have had anywhere. Nocciola is absolutely worthy of high praise from foodies!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and food. It’s an easy walk from the 117th street station. I enjoyed the chicken saltambuca and calamari. There were plenty of choices priced reasonably.

DN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent. Service sublime. A little pricey but worth it. Piped in Music excellent. Otger Patrons friendly.

DN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific. Service excellent. Atmosphere quiet and relaxing. Very enjoyable very welcoming.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food, a gem in the neighborhood!

l
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I live in Harlem and wanted a new place to try for brunch. My friend and I ordered the french toast (loved it was NOT made with challah bread) and the short rib hash...both were very good. They even have bottomless at a great price...I'll go back for brunch and will try dinner real soon.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our wedding anniversarywith a nice meal. I love this place and recommend it for a nice intimate meal or family gathering!

j
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delightful spot with very attentive staff. We tried three of four dishes and they were all great - I would say you probably can't go wrong ordering pasta here.

Unfortunately, the dining room is dwarfed by a massive, and very distracting, TV screen - take that away and it really would be great.

Note that the bar serves only wine and beer - but a good selection, reasonably priced.

L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great service, good food, hidden gem. We found by accident but we will for sure be back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing. Portions are somewhat small compared to many Italian Restaurants, but wife and I had an appetizer, two meals, and dessert without the need of a forklift to get us home. I’ll say this again: the food was delicious! The wine was also good and reasonably priced. We will definitely be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and the food is delicious. Price is awesome. Def going back.

AM
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was great. The service was great. They were courteous and kind. We did not like the fact that two very drunk men were let in to use the facilities. However, they were escorted out right after, but I did not feel safe at that moment. Aside from that everything was perfect.

i
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meals at this hidden gem. Decor complements the experience of very nicely prepared dishes.
Staff attentive and offered wine pairing with our food selections. Then there is the food, after all that is what this is about. So very pleased with the calamari and its presentation. The pasta was al dente without even asking, which is not always the case at other restaurants. Looking forward to return visits. The next time you are in Spanish Harlem and thinking about Italian food, this is the place to go.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Chose this place for our monthly family dinner which happened to be the last one of the year! Great little spot in East Harlem. Will definitely return and I recommend it.

IS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very reasonably priced place with nice Italian food. Lamb ravioli were particularly good.

BS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing really special about the food. Price way too high for the value received

MD
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! The service was just as good. Great ambiance.

JA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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BR
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian food and good service at reasonable prices. I went once and I'm ready to become a regular.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friends Birthday

f
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is a wonderful find in East Harlem on 116th Street. Excellent tasting food, fresh tasting ingredients, and wonderful thoughtful and kind service made the evening.
Bucatini was extraordinary! So was the squash ravioli and all enjoyed everything!
And a great place and environment for drinking iour wine and conversation.

I discovered Tasting Social Presents Mountain Bird Restaurant in Harlem and now there is usually a 3 week wait for weekend reservations there.
I believe if they continue, the same destiny and fate will follow at Nocciola!!!
Go while you can before it becomes too popular

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