Trattoria Bianca

4.1
583 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
An informal Italian restaurant serving traditional favorites along with excitingly new dishes. Trattoria Bianca is a favorite of locals, business people and travelers in midtown.
Bright and mostly white, it is a sleek reinterpretation of Italian Art Deco along with the owner's collection vintage food and wine posters.
Bianca's menu ranges from a simple bowl of spaghetti carbonara to a Tuscan-style steak and a bottle of old Barolo. Featured dishes: shrimp scampi on soft polenta; frisee salad with fried oysters, poached egg, and pork belly; seafood fritto misto; salmon saltimbocca-style with sage and crispy pancetta; numerous pastas and superb pizzas; Chianti- braised short rib, and lamb shank in rich pan juices. For lunch there are heaping salads and inventive sandwiches using Italian ingredients
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LM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Convenient option close to Penn station. Good ambience and great value for money. Service was good - attentive but not too rushed

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FS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

food was ok! service ok....we would go back for sure next year when we return.

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

Food was good as well as the service. Not really an Italian restaurant. more an American restaurant with an Italian name. Not too noisy so you were able to have a conversation.

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PO
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would recommend Trattoria Bianca; food, service and ambiance was great.

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LH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Felt like the server was rushing us, from the first moment we sat down. She was not very friendly nor attentive.

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I thought this place was just ok. Service was quick and the atmosphere was fine but the food was underwhelming. I ate there with 2 other people and none of us loved our dishes. Nothing was glaringly wrong, but wouldn't go back.

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L
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Needs more waitstaff. Staff on hand were overwhelmed.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food and excellent service! We enjoyed the quiet but lively atmosphere.

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P
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has a broad range of excellent food. I’ve eaten there for years and never been disappointed.

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M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There isn’t much to say. The restaurant is ok. It isn’t bad and it isn’t great. The service is good. The food is ok. It is conveniently located near the Hammerstein Ballroom where we went to a show.

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EI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Typical American restaurant with an Italian name. If you are looking for Italian food this is not the place

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GJ
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The gnocchi wasn't gnocchi, it was just tight spiral pasta, not dumplings, and was undercooked (definitely short of being al dente; quite a bit was still crunchy). Same with my wife's pasta, although her shrimp were good, as was the sauce on my dish. With so many authentic Italian places in NYC, really no reason to go here except convenience. It's not bad, it just isn't very good, and they cheat on ttheir dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

The waitress did not smile at all. I don’t know if is because she saw us so young that she thought we wouldn’t tip but she was some what rude and all over the place. Definitely not a place I would go twice. If you are thinking about coming here just ask to go and have a good time home.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food not the greatest for the price Plain nothing popped off the menus

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W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A good alternative for the area if you’re not looking for a steakhouse or take out. We went at an off time so the place was pretty empty. Don’t know if it would be noisy with a lot of people, but it was quiet for us. My friend enjoyed her steak salad which looked delicious, and my tortellini was pretty good, if not great. Our waiter was considerate and delightful, but the ambience was just sort of ordinary, kind of disappointing because the restaurant is inside the New Yorker building which itself has so much character. Convenient location to Penn station, our reason for choosing it.

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MP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were very good. However, it was crowded and very noisy. The prices are comparable for NYC.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Food was just average and service was lacking

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LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Mistakenly thought we could have a great meal before catching a show at nearby MSG. Don’t do it! Service was poor, after our waiter delivered our food, he was non existent. Never once checked on our table, only appeared to deliver the bill. Food was over cooked, mediocre & bland. Will not recommend. Look around at other nearby restaurants , regretfully we didn’t.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. We had a group of 7 at the table and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Conveniently close to MSG, good food, moderately priced. Good service.

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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

For a restaurant in the proximity of Madison Square Garden I would expect the pizza at the very least to be spot on. They have specialty thin crust pizzas on the menu , we ordered the margarita which appeared to be frozen dough that they added sauce and a ton of cheese. The sauce on the the pizza was terrible. The food was ok but don’t order the pizza. Slightly overpriced for the quality of food. Not sure if I’ll go back

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MC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite this being a very busy place, service was extremely attentive and efficient. The food was excellent, we each had a delicious appetizer (mussels and beef carpaccio) and entree (pork chop and veal milanese) then split a tartufo for dessert and were completely full! Excellent value too! We heartily recommend this authentic Italian restaurant. Don't be fooled into thinking it's a tourist trap because it's location is across from Penn Station in the New Yorker Hotel. We will definitely re-visit.

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive to our needs! She gave great recommendations for what to order. The environment is classy, yet comfortable. There is a bar in the restaurant which can add to the noise, but it’s not annoying. Food is outstanding!!

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, good food, very accommodating staff. Kitchen closing at 9:45pm on a Saturday was an issue but service was excellent.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I come here every time I go to a concert at MSG since it’s really close. Good food and great service!

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KI
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed everything. From the moment we were greeted at the door until we said goodbye. Great little place!

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P
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food and the service have been much better than they were last Saturday night. We normally have a friendly server, but this time the server was aloof and not really in the mood to make us feel welcome. Regrettably, the food was not as good as it has been in the past.
We will try it again because this might have been an off night.

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PM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service, wine. The staff treated us like royalty. Thank you.

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great services and food, easy access and no waiting

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AO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

We picked this because it's close to MSG. The food wasn't terrible but not good either. It felt like a diner, but with higher prices.

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A
Philadelphia
233 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for a quick, but good and reasonably priced, meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was busy - but then it was the evening of Christmas Day. But service was prompt, efficient and friendly and not over the top.

Excellent white peach sangria. Lamb and chicken pesto were both delicious, decent sized portions that left no room for desert unfortunately!

The only thing I would say is the bread basket - the bread was cold and slightly hard, warm bread or even warm garlic bread would have been better.

Overall though a lovely meal and the lamb highly recommended!

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B
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic italian restaurant. Great place to end a Christmas day.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Christmas Eve away from home

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MW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Met family from out of town. Food and service were five but nothing special.

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Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Misschien lag het aan de dag dat we kwamen eten, namelijk vrijdagavond. Maar er was zoveel lawaai dat je niet eens normaal met elkaar kon praten. Ook het eten was veel te duur voor hetgeen je kreeg. Voor ons njet weer

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ST
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

my office is just next door, we dine and drink there frequently - convenient and surprisingly really nice

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L
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great lunch spot near Penn Station! I’ve eaten here twice.

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k
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Not that many good choices in the Penn area but this is one of them. Have been here more than once and it’s ptetty consistent.

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KW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was above average, no complaints but service poor. Waiter seemed to have so many tables and he didn’t even offer his name just walked up and said ready to order.. and then never refilled water glasses and took forever to bring us check. It’s very tight quarters and felt bad for the people at tables next to bar as people would bump them constantly as not even walking space

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