Bellwether

4.6
226 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Bellwether is a warm and convivial neighborhood restaurant in Long Island City featuring local and seasonal American fare in a natural and contemporary setting with views of the Empire State Building.

In order to accommodate other guests reservations, we offer a 15 minute grace period after which time the table is released to first come first serve.

Reservations are seated upon the complete arrival of all members. For parties of 5 or more people, please phone the restaurant for available reservations.
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4.6based on all time ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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sidneyl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a little slow and the restaurant was not packed. Food was good as always.

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HGA1029
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood find! It was a delicious meal, we will be back.

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FAAH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and a perfect dinner/date spot

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rosefarmer
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice and modern neighborhood place. Interesting and tasty menu selections. Food felt a little heavy but could have been what we ordered. Nice presentation. Great happy hour at the bar too!

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Paperwhite
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service (Estefania was the best and so thoughtful), family and kid friendly, and of course the food is exceptional. We’re becoming regulars!

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Dawson
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a reservation late on a Saturday due to a mix up involving Google Assistant! We didn’t hold out much hope for a decent experience but this place proved us wrong. The food was excellent (my wife is vegetarian, sometimes a problem) but everything was interesting and tasty.

Wine menu wasn’t our priority but that looked good too.

Well done Bellwether....I am even prepared to overlook the misspelling!

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Catherine
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So unique. The space is so clean and zen. The food is so flavorful and thoughtfully done.

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Nabiha
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Went here for my Valentine’s Day date night. The servers were kind but the first person who tried to seat me (I believe it was the manager) was a little overbearing. She seemed set on seating me by the doors when there were plenty of open tables towards the back of the restaurant. It was pretty close to freezing that night and I was in a dress so I didn’t want myself or my food to get cold. I had to ask a few times to be seated in the back. The food was alright, but was way too salty and overpriced for the portions. The menu is quite small and unimpressive. I paid a lot of money for salty food which was disappointed. The menu was so limited too. I wouldn’t go back and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

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vipconcettadt
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was very good and cocktails exceptional. My only nits are 1) First is with is the hangar steak. Cooked perfectly to medium rare, but why OH why did they have to ruin it with the artificial smoke flavored sauce that it was placed on top of? It made it borderline inedible. I took two bites and gave it to my husband. 2) It was Valentine’s Day, I get it...but the tables were literally on top of each other. We had to move the table just to get in and out to use the restrooms and disrupt the tables next to us. I’ll give this place another go sometime but not for any kind of occasion.

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vipZbsa
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb food and cocktails, lovely space with beautiful moss wall, and v convenient to the 7. Can’t wait to return!!

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NirmalaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience.

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YVEEZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

For the price points of meal I expected a better dining experience. Nothing was “bad” but something was just off / missing

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vipJohnM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative food that is not bizarre. Excellent, low-key service.

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Benny
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my wife. Second time going back and it did not disappoint. Great service great drinks. Place was pippin’ off with a lot of people but still a great ambiance where you could hear yourself talk. Great drinks. The bartender Mike was on point. Food was so delicious. Will definitely be going back. This is going to become a regular spot.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating with our little boy

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vipDanielH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food was extremely disappointing.

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vipDanielleR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

This was my third time dining at Bellwether. It's so nice to have another NYC-feel restaurant in LIC. The decor, the food, you feel like you might be somewhere in the village if you didn't know differently. However, i will say all 3 times i've been there the service is lacking. The first time we luckily had a sympathetic sommelier (i think that's what he was) who made up for the lack of communication of the wait-staff by giving us each an extra glass of the bottle of wine we just finished. However, each time we're rarely checked on, the wait time between appetizer and food is too long, and even if there is a wait - no biggie, however we were never given any updates on this/didn't see our waitress the whole night. At one point the hostess had to come over to us and take a drink order. At first i thought they were still trying to work out kinks, being a new guy in town, however months later, it seems it still needs work.

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vipSofiaT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Parking is a nightmare. The food was good nothing spectacular. The service was absolutely horrible. Waited over 15 minutes for a waiter to come over. The food took forever. Won’t be going back. This place is tiny. I don’t know what took so long for the waiter or the food. Disappointing.

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vipRickChiove
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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EddieF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Menu had many options and everything we tried was delicious.

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Danielle
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, a nice environment. A little bouije for my taste- the restaurant was smaller than I had pictured after looking at their website. They had a lobster tail add-on special for $25 which was delicious. We all got the mussels and artichoke/cheese dip that was really good. Cocktails were also very good. They seated us a little late, we had a reservation for 7:45pm and were seated about 7:55pm which wasn't a huge problem. Myself as well as three other friends got the hanger steak dish- the steak was dry and when I asked for steak sauce they did not have any, and instead gave me sauce they use for the lamp chops. Overall, I would give this restaurant a 3-4 out of 5 stars.

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vipAndreaB
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular and service was great. My new favorite place in LIC. Will definitely be back.

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bchilds
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. A bit loud and tight table space though not unexpected for a nice dinner spot. Next time we want to try the brunch menu.

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vipBonnieB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We decided to stay local for Christmas Eve dinner since we had our son with us and could walk to the restaurant from home. We were pleasantly surprised by the food and the ambiance. It was all delicious. The drinks could have been prepared in more appropriate glassware but perhaps they were low due to business volume. Otherwise we were extremely happy and will definitely be returning. Thanks for a great holiday dinner Bellwether!

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

Outstanding meal. Generous portions that were very well prepared and presented

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Our waiter remembered us from last time and I really appreciated that

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vipJackie
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with friends

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RHG2
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bellwether is a must-do for dining in LIC. it has everything from outstanding food with a variety of choices, friendly, attentive staff and great prices. We've dined there several times and the brunch is one of favorites. The beignets are warm, soft and tasty and they recently added a bacon, mushroom risotto which absolutely delectable. You can't go wrong here whether from brunch, dinner or just happy hour with a house specialty cocktail and an appetizer.

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vipOpenTableDiner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely AMAZING,

best french toast i've had in a long time. Service was superb. The amount of food you get for your money is outstanding.

10/10

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TasoZ
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork chop and butternut squash pasta were sex on a plate.

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vipJeffP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal! Such an amazing restaurant!!

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FaidonK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my first time at bellwether. The food was exceptional. Fresh and clean. The service was attending. On top of everything. A gem in the neighborhood.

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The fried chicken sandwich was overcooked, hard, and tasteless, the biscuit almost tasted rancid!!! We were very disappointed.
We would have sent it back but we were with friends eating a d that would have put a damper on tne brunch for all.
Service was excellent.

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vipjemfinch
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meltiest, fluffiest patty melt I ever had. Such a great addition to the LIC food scene. Will be back.

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PeterM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food; good service; cool looking restaurant.

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vipJPBW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a while, from the excellent innovative cocktails, to the food, to the service.

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JacquelineC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've enjoyed my experience here on multiple occasions, and would recommend this place to any friends.

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vipPamelaW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Eve of Thanksgiving so not too busy, staff very attentive, food really good, short and sweet wine list. Just right for our get together, halfway between Williamsburg and Astoria where we respectively came from.

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maxmo5
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my experience at Bellwether. Everything was about this restaurant was top notch. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great spot to eat or grab a drink in Long Island City.

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vipGfanderson4
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem to find in Long Island City. Took a business group for dinner and could not be happier with the restaurant. Service was good and food was outstanding. I will definitely be going back.

FAQs

Bellwether offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 392-3257.

Bellwether is rated 4.6 stars by 226 OpenTable diners.