Belle Harlem

4.9
331 reviews
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Contemporary American
Belle is a unique 12-seat a la carte chef’s table in Central Harlem. Our space is not suitable for small children. We appreciate your commitment when reserving one or more of our 12 seats. Guests who do not cancel within 48 hours are subject to a per person charge of $75. We do not seat incomplete parties. Booked parties that arrive in entirety more than 15 minutes past their reserved time will not be seated and will be charged $75 for each seat booked. We kindly request that you limit your time with us to 90 minutes from your reservation time so that our other guests can enjoy our cuisine and hospitality. Chef Darryl and his team will offer an evolving menu in an intimate space. The menus will be based on locally sourced ingredients and will change frequently.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. The owners are a delight and their approach to a dining experience is amazing. I highly recommend Belle Harlem for a wonderful dining experience.

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

Belle Harlem and the chef/owner Darryl and his wife Melissa are incredible.
You’ll have excellent food, wine, conversation and service!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem! The food was extraordinary! Everything we ordered was DELICIOUS!!! The service was exceptional! The owners husband and wife team were friendly and caring. The chef/owner is extremely talented and creative! This was one of the best meals I have had in recent years! I will definitely return to this restaurant!

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i
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience! Very unique for NYC. Food was absolutely perfectly prepared. Everything was delicious. The owners were a delight to talk to. Really enjoyed our experience and highly recommend. Definitely worth the trip from Mid-town!

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here since it opened and it is the best restaurant in Harlem

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique. Go.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Too expensive for every day but a great option for a cool night with good friends near home. Totally recommend it.

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NY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Very creative! Great service. Love it!

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! We marvel at how chef Daryl cooks delicious and creative dinners in such an intimate space. With Melissa overseeing the chef's table, we always feel as if we are guests in their home.

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a wonderful dining experience at belle harlem. Each dish was cooked fresh right in front of us and each one was more delicious than the last. The owners were friendly and hospitable. We highly recommend it and will be returning soon.

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TN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We came at the recommendation of top-ten listed by open table. My filet mignon was perfect. However my wife was not too impressed with her black sea bass dish which was a little bit too salty to her taste. We both enjoyed the very creative and unique"tyfin" dessert. It was a pleasure being able to chat with both waitress/wife and chief/husband while savoring our plates. One minor negative thing: the seats were not very comfortable; they might need some cushioning.

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NL
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A thrilling dinner in the most intimate surroundings possible. Belle Harlem brings a la carte dining to a chef's table experience, safe in the knowledge that chef is not distracted by the rest of the restaurant. Excellent, imaginative food, and a well- chosen compact menu that suggests the options change regularly to more with the seasons ...and what's good right now.

I first ate here a few weeks ago - we chose nearly everything on the menu, and everything delighted our party of three.

I went back to Belle Harlem earlier this week... Everyone once in a while you have a fabulous experience, but it turns out to be a one dinner wonder. Very happy to say, not Belle Harlem! Another fabulous dinner, which delighted both me and my guest from the UK. And it reminded me that one thing I missed above was to comment on the people behind the restaurant. Chef Darryl Burnette and his partner Melissa are wonderful warm hosts, making for a fabulous evening.

Highly recommended and definitely worth the short ride on the 2 or 3 line from mid town. And if you like jazz, slip into Shrine a few blocks south for 6pm pre-dinner drinks...

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a picky eater I didn’t know what to expect. The place is very personable, I simply loved Belle Harlem. The food is great, and the owners are great people.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down my new favorite restaurant in NYC. Delicious doesn’t even begin to cover it. Chef Darryl and Alex cooking, with Melissa running front of the house is the perfect recipe for success. Belle delivers in every way you want - food and vibe. It’s like being in your friend’s kitchen, except with the quality and precision of a Michelin star restaurant.

We had the Mac and Cheese spring rolls and chicken and waffles to start. Filet and pork for main, and finished with the apple tart. Everything was beyond, but if I had to pick my favorites - I’d pick the spring rolls and filet. I actually found myself wanting to lick the plate with the bacon marmalade that accompanies the Mac and Cheese!

Incredible restaurant run by super cool people. I’m already trying to figure out how and when I can go back! If you haven’t been... GO! You will not be disappointed.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. My favorite restaurant in New York City...and that is saying a lot!!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved our experience here! We ate amazing food, drank incredible wine and because the restaurant is so intimate we met new friends. Highly recommend for a memorable experience.

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LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very delightful time with exceptional service. It's an adorable place that felt like I was being served in one's home. We both enjoyed it immensely. I would have liked my food to be a bit more seasoned, other then that, It was absolutely great!!

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DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The only downside is that your clothes may still smell like the restaurant after you leave. Mine did.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service!!! Very intimate dining experience !!!

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l
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Belle Harlem is always outstanding and one of my MOST favorite places to dine!

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l
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING. Food was hands down some of the best we’ve ever eaten. Space is well designed..husband and wife team of Darryl and Melissa made us feel as if we’d been invited to the best dinner party in NYC...interesting conversation, great food and wine! Can’t wait to go again.

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l
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a wonderful evening. food, wine, ambience and service. great music always!

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A
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience! The food was par excellence and I loved the host(Adrissa) and chef(Alex) they were so engaging! Trying to figure out if I could get 12 friends together and have a private dinner party’s!

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Belle has been on my radar for some time. I was intimidated to walk in, but once I was in I realized there was nothing to be intimidated about. The staff is all warm, inviting, and charismatic. The chicken and waffles were INSANELY delicious. The best part was probably the banana truffle syrup. Yum. The radicchio salad was warm and nice. The hoho was good too. The specialty drink was underwhelming and over priced. The menu is limiting, more so if you dont eat pork. If they had more options and better drinks I would definitely give it 5 stars.

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M
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been almost two weeks since we had another dinner at Belle Harlem, but the memory of the meal is still bright. This food is nutrition to the max (freshest ingredients, cleanest kitchen, honest preparation), but it is also a soul-satisfying experience. Our starters were shaved Brussels sprouts and rose (yes, pink!) radicchio, followed by black sea bass and chicken (I heard my companion whisper, "Best chicken I've ever had!"). Ordinarily we skip dessert, but we had to order Beign-yaaas, a little mouth-trip to New Orleans. The true beauty of the meal is leaving feeling sated, and waking up the next day with the same feeling of wellbeing.

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Interesting set up. An enjoyable experience.

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PL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Belle Harlem is amazing. The food was fantastic as was the service. The space is both cozy and cool. It’s a lot of fun to watch Chef Darryl and the team cooking while you’re having an amazing meal and visiting with friends. Kind of like hanging out in a fabulous kitchen in someone’s home. Worth the price for a wonderful meal and unique experience.

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VW
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly a delicious and wonderful experience every single time. Special in that you feel you are sitting in the chef Daryl’s kitchen at his kitchen table while he cooks for you. Food is always spot on, service very attentive and friendly and the experience is intimate and special. Chef has a great twist on comfort food. A sure thing.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Belle Harlem is a NYC gem. Special place with excellent food and great service and warmth.

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1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've lived in NYC for 6 years, lived all over the city, and this is my favorite restaurant. Daryl and Melissa are amazing owners of this Harlem gem. They both are extremely friendly, and every time we have eaten at Belle, they have gone out of their way to connect with us and ensure we have a fantastic time. Their staff is also extremely friendly, hospitable, and know how to make a meal memorable. The food has always been mouthwatering, and somehow tastes even better because it is made right in front of your face from scratch, in a kitchen so small that it defies what should be possible in such a small space. Definitely dinner and a show. While it's not cheap, it's worth what you pay, and it feels good to know that they take care of the staff well enough that gratuity is included in all prices. Hope they succeed and scale their success!

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MG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to dine at Belle! They are welcoming and up and we always feel as if we’ve just been to an intimate dinner party at a friends house...a friend that really knows how to cook!

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CV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific, friendly, and warm experience for our date night! Great food and service-thank you, Daryl and Melissa!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous place. Great food, fun to be able to see it prepared right in front of you. Everything was absolutely delicious. Will be back.

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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Fun to watch the chef. Really good service.

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NY
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in an intimate setting! Everything is cooked to perfection right in front of you.

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CR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Daryl never disappoints. This restaurant is a gem. Service is super friendly and the cozy atmosphere!!

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AW
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time. I'll def be recommending to friends.

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SS
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem in Harlem! Not only do you get the experience of watching the chef prepare your dishes in this quaint & cozy 12 seat restaurant, but the food & service are phenomenal!

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BC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a warm ambiance with an amazing, innovative menu and great customer service.

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