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Leonelli Taberna, New York, NY

Leonelli Taberna

4.5
4.5
156 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Leonelli Taberna is a casual Roman-inspired trattoria from acclaimed Chef Jonathan Benno. The menu of rustic Italian dishes includes an array of Stuzzichini (snacks to share), Antipasti, and Salumi ideal for building a social dining experience. Baked to order Pasta Al Forno dishes arrive bubbling hot from the oven, and can be enjoyed as an entrée, or alongside a selection of Pesce and Carne dishes and accompanying Contorni (sides). Desserts include a selection of house baked Italian cookies and gelato, as well as plated desserts melding classic Italian recipes and local seasonality. Leonelli Taberna also features an expansive cocktail bar and lounge area where the full dinner menu is served. The beverage program includes a focused and approachable list of Italian wines, and cocktails showcasing both Italian spirits and local producers in classic drinks and distinct preparations.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 451-9495

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Benno

  • Private party facilities

    Leonelli Taberna offers a variety of spaces for your friends gathering, family celebration or corporate events.

  • Private party contact

    Isabelle Brochard: (888) 668-9207

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Cross street

    5th Ave. & Madison Ave.

  • Parking details

    -Guests at Leonelli Taberna receive a special rate at Herald Square Parking (ICON), located at 839 6th Ave. (entrances on 29th and 30th St.).-Park for up to 4 hours for $32 (*debit or credit only; no cash)-Request to have your claim ticket stamped at the Leonelli host stand. Present the validated ticket to the garage when picking up your car

  • Public transit

    By subway: R/W train at 28th & Broadway; 6 train at 28th & Park; 1 train at 28th & 7th Ave.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 156 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. G

    sGourmet

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Everything was perfectly prepared and sumptuous. I only gave the food four stars because it felt wrong to put it on the same level as some of the best service I have received in years. Wonderful lunch.
  2. DM

    DanielM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most amazing dinner here. The food was incredible, the service was outstanding, and the ambiance was awesome. We highly recommend this restaurant.
  3. LY

    LuciaY

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Amazing food terrible service that made us regretting coming here. There are plenty of good places in nyc so the fact that the service is so horrendous (attitudes and slowness)I recommend to skip it.
  4. EV

    EVFoodie

    New York Area

    319 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    319 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went here for a Restaurant Week lunch, and now, we can't wait to go back to try many of the items that appear on the regular lunch and dinner menus. We had the panzanella salad, and the mozzarella and tomato salads to start - both were fresh and flavorful, and perfectly dressed. Then, we both had the Tuscan fried chicken - a huge portion of three pieces, each of which was in a delicious, crispy batter, and the chicken was moist and perfectly cooked. For dessert, we splurged, and ordered an ice cream from the regular menu - cannoli ice cream, studded with dark chocolate and orange rind. One of the best ice cream flavors we've ever tasted. Our server was professional, engaged and helpful. Definitely worth a repeat visit...or two or three
  5. MA

    MaggieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff at the Bar we're incredible! Some of the best servers I've ever experienced in NYC. Be sure to have the Fried Veggies too.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience ! Thank you to the entire team... See you soon
  7. J

    Jimi

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place for their excellent cuisine and hospitality. Amazed it's still a hidden gem.
  8. AF

    AngieF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a wonderful spot for delicious food and drinks. I highly recommend and will be going back!
  9. KC

    KrisC

    New York Area

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My New place! Love it here. Had a great ravioli and salad. Wonderful! Cant wait to go back!
  10. KC

    KrisC

    New York Area

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    first time here. excellent food. I can't wait to come back and order pasta. salad was excellent.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding the food, the service, the cocktails and the ambience. Plus - I had mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday and guest at table did not want a big deal about it... server and restaurant sent over a dessert with a candle but kept it low key ... it was great !!! Highly recommend visiting this restaurant for any / every occasion!
  12. BH

    BillH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere of the bar feels like the Great Gatsby and the food is amazing. Chef Benno has another winner. The tomato risotto and mozzarella crocchette, the panzanella seasonal salad and the ricotta, spinach and pommarola ravioli were great. Top it off with the expert wine pairing of the sommelier and it was a wonderful evening.
  13. M

    Melissaxleanne

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Ambiance: Large open space, minimal seating and visible kitchen through glass partition. High ceilings, artdeco and modern lighting fixtures. Color theme includes bold yellows, greens, browns and brass... moderately elegant. Food: Italian/Romanian with some coastal fusion. Apps include beef & pork meatballs and grilled octopus which were amazing, but the pastas stole the show (order the linguine with clams and bacon!) The lime sorbet was an amazing end to the meal and incredible palate cleanser. Full bar, good wine list. Hospitality on point. Good for: daytime dates, business meetings, happy hour. Not a very sceney environment and nestled in the back of hotel lobby. Will be back.
  14. MF

    MarcF

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great meal and great service! Loved Sitting in front of the glassed in kitchen
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night!
  16. t

    tomtom

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Gracious service, lovely ambiance, very nice Italian food.
  17. y

    yumyumyum

    Mobile

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great happy hour as Eater mentioned! Service at the bar was good but wait staff was a little over eager to clear our plates.
  18. C

    Chris

    New York Area

    202 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    202 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Leonelli just gets better and better. Warm, elegant yet still rustic takes on classics. A pleasing room and nice service rounds it off -- delicious and fun
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Meal all around. Great selection of sharable options and substantial pasta portions.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bartender was outstanding.
  21. MJ

    MJoyS

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was mediocre— appetizer arrived after main course was served. Thankfully they apologized. it was delicious, The main course was nothing special. Again they forgot the side dish we ordered. There are so many outstanding restaurants in NYC... I would not return to Leonelli Taberna.
  22. S

    Samantha

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a neighborhood gem! nice atmosphere, lively but not too loud, beautiful decor, good food and reasonably priced!
  23. S

    Sarah

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was great service and tasty, traditional food! Only complaint was that they were closing early and didn’t notify us before hand so we felt a little rushed
  24. A

    Andiner14

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a great dining experience. I’ll book another dining date for the future and will highly recommend all the places at the Evelyn Hotel.
  25. AR

    AnnaR

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious regional Italian dishes very well prepared and quite authentic. The space is a nice size, comfortable and cozy, not too big. We were seated at the back so it was quiet. Sunday evening was rainy so not too many customers. Our party of four ordered nearly every appetizer and each was very tasty and well presented. Our server was particularly attentive to the mushroom allergy of one in our party and was careful to confirm with the chef that there were none in any of our shared dishes. I also had breakfast at the pastry and coffee bar in the same hotel. Don’t miss that! Excellent in every way
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy restaurant open to the lobby bar with modern yet retro decor. Excellent service and delicious, inventive yet simple plates. Friendly and welcoming. A large window to the kitchen allows you to see all the action without the noise.
  27. NK

    NK1322

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Best rice balls I’ve ever had.
  28. s

    sarahh

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Portions were very small and very mediocre. There were not many options, the service was great at first but then had a hard time getting any one's attention.
  29. g

    gramercypl

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This is my second visit to the restaurant. I find the food very good and the service attentive. Last time I sat on the banquet and this time was seated in one of the black wooden chairs. The chairs are hard and uncomfortable, they do not add to the meal and detracted from my experience.
  30. GD

    GinyaDec

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I am a huge pasta fan; but quite discriminating - I won't eat if not worth the calories. To my surprise at this casual but serious trattoria, the cavatelli with duck ragu produced by the kitchen was magical - one of the best I've ever had. The sauce glistened, but wasn't fatty. The ratio of ragu to pasta was good - plenty of tender duck pieces and an extremely well made, flavorful broth. Along with some lightly battered and fried fresh spring vegetables to start - my meal was memorable. Try to go Mon - Wed; as can get loud; but worth a trip to the Evelyn Hotel.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I had a really nice evening but expected better on the food front. From the many Italian options in the city, I happened on this place after reading that a well-known chef was involved. And there was a table. Authentic menu but some of it not particularly well executed, e.g. verdure fritte. On the plus side: interesting Italian wine list. Friendly and efficient service. Satisfying portions. Comfy booths, spacious and stylish venue.
  32. DC

    DianaC

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    the hostess was extremely friendly and I like the whole dining environment; the food was descent.
  33. A

    Ashley

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was terrific! I had a lamb steak that was AMAZING! My Old Fashioned was perfect. The service wonderful and I like that the manager came over and asked how everything was and told me a bit more about the cut of lamb. My only complaint is that the music was a bit too loud. I had been here before and found it to be a wonderful place to go for quiet, meaningful, intimate, conversations...unfortunately, this time that was not possible. Next time I’ll request that the music be turned down a notch. Thank you!
  34. JM

    JaneM

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was fantastic!
  35. MJ

    MJP60

    New York Area

    122 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant surprise for Sunday brunch.
  36. M

    Mathieu

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and delicious food! My family was in town and I wanted them to have great food and experience a beautiful atmosphere, without any hesitation I thought of Leonelli Taberna with its Art Deco interior design. There were some new additions to the menu and the recommendations from the staff, were as usual quite delicious!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great ambiance, service, and food! Lasagne is a must!
  38. MF

    MarcF

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there and definitely will be returning. Great meal, service. Love the open kitchen. Cara and John were great
  39. JM

    JuliaM

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such a wonderful treat! The menu is fabulous and the wine list was great. Highly recommended!
  40. C

    Cristinap

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Consistently good food and very attentive service.

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Leonelli Taberna is rated 4.5 stars by 156 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th Ave. & Madison Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    -Guests at Leonelli Taberna receive a special rate at Herald Square Parking (ICON), located at 839 6th Ave. (entrances on 29th and 30th St.).-Park for up to 4 hours for $32 (*debit or credit only; no cash)-Request to have your claim ticket stamped at the Leonelli host stand. Present the validated ticket to the garage when picking up your car

  • Public transit

    By subway: R/W train at 28th & Broadway; 6 train at 28th & Park; 1 train at 28th & 7th Ave.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Benno

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 451-9495

  • Private party facilities

    Leonelli Taberna offers a variety of spaces for your friends gathering, family celebration or corporate events.

  • Private party contact

    Isabelle Brochard: (888) 668-9207

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