Belle Harlem

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$50 and over
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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 children. Reservations only accepted for guests aged 16 years and up. We appreciate your commitment when reserving one or more of our 12 seats. Guests who do not cancel by 5pm two days before their reservation are subject to a per person charge of $75. Bookings will not be honored for parties who arrive more than 15 minutes past the reserved time and will be subject to the cancellation policy. We kindly request that you limit your time with us to 90 minutes from your reservation time and purchase a minimum of two small plates or one large plate per person. We do not accommodate special dietary requests. Chef Darryl and his team will offer an evolving menu in an intimate space with menus based on ingredients sourced locally and, season permitting, from our rooftop garden.
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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a treat supporting and witnessing black-owned businesses thrive in today's tough culinary market!

AT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's just so comfortable and inviting. Always a true pleasure

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Belle Harlem! The food is always amazing with different combination of flavors and textures and the small intimate restaurant is perfect for special occasions or even date night. You could also bring a group and have the restaurant to yourself.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal. Belle is easily a favorite if not OUR absolute favorite restaurant in the entire city. It’s a gem.

OT
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful presentation and a very creative menu. The food couldn’t have been any better. We dine at top restaurants all over Manhattan, and this is by far one of the top meals I’ve had in New York. Make reservations in advance. It’s a small and intimate setting.

PK
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very special place. Fantastic in every way. A gem.

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot say enough about this WONDERFUL place!
I keep going back and on Tuesday I brought my sister and brother in law (who's a chef). They were visiting from Italy and they could have not been more delighted.
They said the cozy atmosphere and service made them feel like they were at a lovely dinner party at someone's home.
The food was incredible. We kept adding dishes and ended up eating almost the entire menu.
Every detail was taken care of (as always) and the owners made us feel very special and answered the million questions my sister and her boyfriend had.
This has become my favorite restaurant in New York and I wish I lived closer to go more often.
Thanks Darryl and Melissa for another incredible night!

R
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belle Harlem is a New York City gem. It's tiny, with eight seats at a communal table and four more at a counter facing the cooking area. The chef is gifted; the food is outstanding; and the service is friendly. If you're comfortable in close quarters with other guests, understand that you've got only 90 minutes to enjoy, and will have a check for two in the $150-200 range, by all means go for it. Belle Harlem is a joy. We can't wait to go again.

RP
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Cozy 12 barstool seats in full view of kitchen of Chef Darryl and host Melissa. Dishes melt in your mouth, and transport you to culinary Heaven!

LS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belle is my favorite restaurant in Manhattan. It might be my favorite restaurant anywhere. The food is spectacular, they are so inventive, warm and welcoming. It's a pleasure and more like stopping by a friend's for a spectacular meal than what has become "fine dining" in Manhattan. WE LOVE BELLE!!!!!!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience! Great food and great hosts.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Worth the trip to Harlem. Chef / owner and wife were wonderful. The food was fantastic. Tight quarters and a little loud but still quite comfortable. I’ll definitely go back.

J
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible! The food and the service is as good as it gets. Looking forward to bringing friends soon.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutley amazing, from food, wine and service. Highly recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing music, amazing vibe. Feels like you’re at an incredible dinner party with the best chef and hostess. Cannot wait to go back and try more of the menu! We had the best night.

JK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is charming. Our experience was like eating in someone’s home as the communal table for 12 and the kitchen are all right there. Food with wine selections were excellent. You get to enjoy a great meal and meet new people. What a night out on the town! We will be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience! Love this place!!

CC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I saw the restaurant online and wanted some place with quality food for an intimate date night dinner with my wife. It was absolutely outstanding. We both have busy schedules and don’t get to do us often so this experience was very special for us. I’m vegan however everything was made with such care and love that I broke camp for the night and eat Everything! A foodie’s delight!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a special night spent being served by Chef Darryl, Melissa, and Alex. The ambience, attention to detail, and 3-star menu make this a lifetime favorite. I’ll be back as long as the doors are open

VE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, wonderful food. Every dish an interesting mix of flavors. And, interesting to be right in the kitchen watching it all happen. As a repeat customer, appreciate that the menu evolves, since there are not that many different things on offer every night. Keep it going!

c
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A MUST go to in NYC if you want an intimate dining experience, great vibes and amazing food. It’s small but it like being in a private dining room with your guests and deliciousness abounds. The chicken and waffles, Brussel sprouts and pappardelle are all highlights. It fills up quickly so get your reservations ASAP. This is my second time and I’ll be coming back for more!

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and service in NYC! We loved it there

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday

h
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! Every plate is brightly flavored and beautiful. And the vibe manages to be homespun and exquisite at the same time. Do not skip the Harlem cheese steak crostini!

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belle Harlem is a great place to have an intimate dinner. The food is amazing.

RT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It’s very impersonal for a intimate setting. Food is overpriced. Asked the owner if they have tried the new restaurant that just opened in the neighborhood. She was almost annoyed that I asked the question and said she would never step foot in that place. She said they stole their concept and came in with investors and walked back in the kitchen area and she had to tell them to leave immediately. She actually used some salty language. It was more than I cared to hear as I wanted the evening to be more festive. Really left a bad impression on all of us. Wish I could say I would go back but not with a bad attitude and ok food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Definitely recommend and would love to visit again

UW
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place, great food with friendly trio of the chef, sous chef and the hostess. The hostess selected wines and explained/articulated wines we were interested in. Small kitchen but elaborate dishes.

NC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food, exquisitely prepared, nice wines, knowledgeable proprietors (Melissa and Daryl?) very friendly and down to earth. Unique, cozy and healthy experience. Great deserts too!

CC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had an amazing experience at Belle Harlem. Only 12 seats in a very romantic and warm environment. Incredible food and service! We will definitely be back.

SB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belle Harlem simply has the best food experience for a small party at this amazing chefs table. Everything from apps to dessert felt like a 5 star experience!!

RR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always go to Belle Harlem and I always have a fantastic meal and such an amazing staff of owners and chefs. It is a wonderful intimate experience with great music awesome wine pairing and the best food that you can have a New York City

W
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal at this tiny and very intimate restaurant. Our party of 4 were seated so we could talk, despite the counter. The food was interesting and delicious. The proprietors friendly but not intrusive. It was all that a dinner should be; happy, engaging, delicious, hospitable and warm. We’ll be back.

v
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very small but extremely friendly and a place where the chefs care deeply about what they are doing. Good value, great experience. Room for improvement on the wine list.

TP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really good except the portions were kind of small

J
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Eating at Belle Harlem is worth every penny. It's a fabulous gastronomical experience. Your tastebuds will thank you. Be ready to sit in a small space, but as soon as you get your 1st course, the feeling of home kicks in. Clean lines, coat/bag hooks under your seating, even the bathroom is super cute- it's classic at home opulence all in one sitting.

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at our new favorite place. Every bite is magnificent.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was simply amazing! We booked the reservation blindly and were stunned with how delicious it was. Hanging out with the owners and other patrons made it feel like a family table on this intimate gem in Harlem! Can’t wait to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfection and a pleasure. Pricy which means only for special occasions.