Trattoria Bianca

4.2
533 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.
Bar remains opened until 2 am .
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Phone number
(212) 268-8460
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Julian Clauss-Ehlers
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Cross street
35th Street
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Penn Station
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Waitress was great, seemed like she was the only one for the whole restaurant though.

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

This was my second time at this restaurant, and I was not disappointed. My friend and I ate dinner there a few days ago, after a Broadway show. We chose from the prix fixe menu, and both of us had a delicious shrimp bisque as appetizer and the sea bass for entree. Everything was wonderful and service was good. We opted for a glass of house Malbec, which was also very tasty. The dinner came with a dessert of yummy gelato topped with fresh berries. Both of us took some of the dinner home, so that indicates the portions were more than sufficient. Prices are extremely reasonable for NY City. Also, this restaurant is practically across the street from NY Penn Station, which made it super-convenient for us, since we were traveling home by train. I highly recommend Trattoria Bianca.

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TK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good.

But why put on 20 % without asking the customer and I hen also expecting further tip of 15 or 20 or 22%

This is as we see It cheating

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

Had dinner with my daughter after a show and chose this spot because of good reviews and close proximity to the train station. We arrived early because the walk from 51st did not take very long and were able to be seated right away. There was a mix of family gatherings and couples in the restaurant - noise was not an issue and the ambiance was really nice for the dinner hour. We split the filet mignon and broiled scallops (both were perfectly cooked and delicious). We combined our surf and turf with salad, bread/dip, and a bottle of vino. We had an amazing dinner and never felt rushed or neglected by the staff - would definitely return.

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LH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The NY strip steak was delicious. Best steak I’ve had in years.

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P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

My group comes to Trattoria Bianca almost every Thursday night. We're pleased for the most part. HOWEVER, when I book a table for 11, I prefer 1 table for 11 people, not two tables split by a column. The two table situation has occurred more than once and the split impedes a group dinner and conversation.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, friendly and attentive. Food was very good try the Italian pot pie is delicious. Loved that we were not rushed. We were a total of seven and it was our last night together we were chatting a lot and waiter understood. It was a wonderful evening.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice Italian restaurant - fresh Italian food, nice atmosphere if a bit “white” - not mega cozy - still nice decor. Nice staff.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our party of four meets once a year on the Monday after Thanksgiving. We all enjoyed our choices from a varied menu and we were able to converse undisturbed for almost two hours in a bright and comfortable setting.

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KC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was HORRIBLE! It took us 15 min to get water, 25 min for us to order our food and drinks, 45 min to get our drinks, over an hour before we received our food. However, the man next to us sat down 20 minutes after us and was done with his food before we even got ours! We had the same waiter so I was confused by this. Maybe because he was a man and I'm a women with my daughter?? Idk

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TH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

We were excited to try this place after reading good reviews. However, when we showed up 5 minutes for our reservation, the entrance was so crowded that it took us 10 minutes just to check in. We were then told it would take at least another 20 minutes for us to be seated. We ended up having to leave, as we had a show that this delay would have caused us to miss. It's disappointing to make a reservation, but be significantly delayed.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I had a reservation for 6:15, I got to the restaurant at 5:50. The hostess said have a seat at the bar and I’ll call you. I told her I had a show and asked if we’ll be seated by my reservation time, she said yes. I saw her seating people who didn’t have a reservation and went to her 3 times she kept telling me 10 minutes. We finally decided by 6:40 to eat at the bar because we had show tickets. We asked the hostess for a manager and she lied and told us there is no manager there. However, the best thing we could have done was have dinner at the bar. The Bartender, Goce was fantastic, he took our order, got it to us quickly, made great drinks, checked and made sure everything was ok and got the manager for us. The food was delicious and I would definitely recommend but do yourself a favor and sit at the bar. They definitely need to find a hostess that knows how to host.

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CW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was good but our waitress was overworked or couldnt handle more than 2 tables. Took a long time to order a drink and food; took at least 15 minutes to get our drinks (2 of us 1 soda 1 wine) and then another 20 minutes before a basket of bread. Appetizers were average in size but tasty. Dinners were good both portion and taste. But we asked for check and to go box, 10 minutes later food finally taken to pack up. Then another 10 before check given to us. SHe walked over to swipe my card then disappeared with it to the back not comfortable with that procedure. We would have liked to have dessert (got there before 6 p.m. and had tickets to a show at 8 at MSG but had to leave as wasted about 40 minutes to order food and pay bill). Should have a busboy take away dirty dishes, refill water and bring bread etc.

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LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, attentive staff

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SH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, centrally located spot for a light afternoon snack or a full evening dinner. I was staying at the New Yorker, so I invited several friends to join me there for dinner. Everyone enjoyed their food and was pleased with the very varied menu that gave everyone something appealing. The food was served promptly and politely and everyone enjoyed what they ate, including tastings from others choices. Top notch NYC restaurant and great prices. I dare anyone to leave hear unhappy or hungry.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Josh Groban Concert at MSG

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CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went to Trattoria Bianca with a group of old friends. It was the perfect spot to catch up: conveniently located, the lunch special was priced right ($15.95 for 2 courses) and had something for everyone. Service was great and they even let us linger, as it was after the lunchtime rush. Will definitely be back.

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LT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Prix fix lunch was a nice surprise. Good value for $15.95.

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NY
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great dinner 3 course meal for 24$ Spanish paella and salad and ice cream..Friendly staff no rush.

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KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but not great. Wait staff rushed us, even though we were early for our reservation. Said we had to be quick because there was a concert at MSG, we knew that, that's why we were there for dinner. We should not have to be rushed because there is a local event, especially when we had a reservation. There was a table for 8 next to us that was empty the entire time we were there, so there were options for other diners.

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CH
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Located across the street from Madison Square Garden, Trattoria Bianca was a perfect pick for dinner before the Billy Joel show. Bustling, packed yet still full of ambiance, friendly wait staff and yummy food...wonderful experience and not too expensive

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GJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Close to the MSG, so it was perfect for us. Pretty good food, great prices.

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Boise
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

WE LOVED TRATTORIA BIANCA! OUR FOOD WAS AMAZING AND OUR WAITER DIMITRI WAS VERY NICE.
MY ONLY COMPLAINT WOULD BE THAT WE WERE ONLY HALF WAY THRU WITH OUR APPETIZERS AND OUR FOOD WAS BROUGHT OUT.

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J
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were attending the Elton John concert and wanted something reasonable in the area. Trattoria Bianca fit the bill!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. A quiet restaurant. Would recommend because close to MSG.

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DM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to my birthday. Six people. Great food and service and got to our Madison square concert plenty of time. Great experience close to the garden.

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e
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived a little late due to train issues. They seated us quickly holding our reservation. We were going to a concert and needed to get out quickly. Our waiter was courteous and professional. He got our order in and food to us in a timely fashion. The food was very good with my wife's crab cake quite exceptional. We will definitely go back when we have more time to enjoy.

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F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good. Wide variety menu.

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BG
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, wait staff very attentive. certainty reasonably priced. .

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PF
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had dinner before a show at MSG at this restaurant and was more than satisfied. The restaurant decor had a bit of a diner feel more than an Italian restaurant but I attributed that to it being located in the New Yorker hotel. The waitstaff was extremely pleasant and very efficient without being annoying. The menu had a nice variety of choices and considering the location priced accordingly. The food really spoke for itself. I ordered the Papperdelle with Bolognese sauce which was wonderful. The pasta was homemade and delicious. My husband ordered the Filet Mignon and it not only came out cooked exactly as he liked it, well done, but, he was able to cut it with a butter knife. We didn't have any appetizers or dessert because we were in a hurry but the olive oil and bean dip that was offered with the bread was so good! Overall, it was a very pleasant dining experience and I would return.

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PM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, staff friendly and attentive. Food was outstanding.

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was very bland. Decided to leave after ordering appetizers. Server was great though!

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LS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our evening. Made reservations for 6pm before Billy Joel.
Walked in busy, busy! But, we were sat immediately and enjoyed our meal!

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MV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food very convenient to Madison Square Garden. Food selection was sophisticated enough for the adult palate while still offering decent options for children. It was a bit noisy and busy, so definitely not a place for a quiet dinner. Again, a happy medium if you are with children but don't want to be reduced to eating at a chain restaurant.

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RD
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Booked on Open Table because it was the closest Italian Restaurant to Madison Square Gardens. Had low expectations from the photos and because it was in the New Yorker Hotel. Well, the service was excellent (Thank-you Tina!) and the food was better than expected. Restaurant was casual. There's a nice little bar area and we would definitely return again next time we have an event at the Garden.

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

This was a great spot for my two daughters (15 & 18) and I to have a pre-theater dinner. The food was very good but the service was a little distracted. Still, I would recommend it to families or people looking for a not-to-noisy place to enjoy some really good Italian food.

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m
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food. The sides were the best part. The rosé was maybe my favorite part of the meal.

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m
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Waitress was bad. Took her 20 minutes to bring drinks even though we told her we were in a hurry to catch a show.

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We had a 6:30pm reservation. We waited 45 minute wait for our dinner. We were in town to see a show at MSG. The waiter (Dmitri) apologized and gave us a discount. We had to quickly eat to make our show. The veal scallopini was under cooked. The chicken parmesan was a better dish. If you want't to see an 8pm show, make a 6pm reservation or earlier.

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JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The Lobster ravioli was very dry. Service was terrible waited through a whole meal to refills on water. Pork chop was full of fat.

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