Trattoria Bianca

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$31 to $50
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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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NY
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Bright, modern decor with traditional Italian favorites. Service was spaced to a pace that you didn't feel like your courses were served on top of each other but the server could have been a bit more attentive. Would definitely recommend.

KM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very delicious lunch. Service was very good. A great restaurant near Penn Station.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot that was able to accommodate our large party with wonderful service and delicious food. Excellent option in the otherwise barren Penn Station area of NYC!

MK
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

honestly: I don't know what to think: if they marked me as yes, I'd be surprised. I made a res for 11:30am and upon showing up the place was closed. empty. no one around. we waited outside for 10 min to see if someone was late in opening up but nothing. not only that but when I tried calling, I could hear the phone ringing inside and yet no one answered...I tried calling one more time from another restaurant, and still no answer. very odd. so, given that they said they'd open at 11am, and no one opened, I find it odd, and unprofessional. lucky us there were plenty of others paces to go to.

NC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Still a local staple after all these years. Friendly service, a comfortable environment and tasty food make it an easy "go to" choice.

MH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good and our waitress was personable and efficient. A winning combination!

t
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and very good service, not expensive for NY

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Surprisingly not awful, but hard to recommend a place which is part of that awful New Yorker Hotel.

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Trattoria Bianca is a wonderful Italian restaurant that we have frequented many times over the past 10 years. Food is always delicious and beautifully prepared. Service has always been the best and the secret ingredient that always bring us back time after time. A stones through from Madison Square Garden makes it a great place to visit for shows or games their.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was very good!!! Service started a little shaky but within 5mins they made an adjustment and no issues. Server got hit with 4 large tables and got overwhelmed not his fault but manger jumped in and from that point on flawless. Lamb Shank was top 2. Dessert was 5 star. Get the Founde that’s all you need!!!!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was the second time eating at the restaurant. The food excellent and the staff very professional. They made you feel very welcome.

MA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Not crowded. Server was helpful with dietary needs. Location close to MSG

BT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Ate here before an event at MSG. Enjoyed the meal.

KB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We enjoyed the meal. Service was severely lacking and his personality was even worse. It was made worse by the fact that gratuity was included in the bill, the server definitely did not earn the $44.

CJ
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great location. Not too expensive. Not too touristy.

J
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very accommodating when we changed our reservation multiple times due to traffic getting to the city. Server Demetri was awesome and took care of our many requests promptly and with a smile. Food was excellent.

AM
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent food was delicious drinks were made perfectly. Great experience

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice restaurant with good noise suppression, but the service was amiss (would have loved a glass of wine with dinner, but wasn't offered until after) and the food was quite bland. The marinara was runny and tasted like canned tomato with garlic. Out of. Table of 7 people, nobody had a dish they were enthusiastic about. If you're looking for a quiet venue to do business at, this is great. If you come for a taste experience, you may want to keep looking

RP
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were going to a concert at MSG and we're shot on time because of delays on the railroad. Waiter got us out quick. The food was great will go there again when we have more time.

SB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was ok. The service was good. The waiter was attentive. The concern I had was at bill payment. I presented my credit card for payment which has MORE than enough available funds to cover the $118 cost of the meal. The waiter /cashier inserted my card into the machine and then stated that machine does not accept the chip. Since he already inserted the chip said he could not swipe the card. Said he would use a work around since it happens all the time with the chip. Whatever that work around was, it didn't work...my card declined. If you know your machine does not work why would you insert the chip first. The waiter/cashier stated that the machine gives ongoing problems with the card chips -then why not have the machine fixed? Why not swipe 1st instead of inserting the chip. I asked can I pay at another register, he said no it's just the machine. Suppose I only had that one card then what. I ended up paying with another credit card. That was puzzling to me. Not an effective way to conduct business. I called my credit card company after to ensure I was not "mistakenly" charged.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really enjoyed the restaurant, will definitely return. Perfect for business. Bright and felt upscale, but relaxed and reasonably priced. Tables not on top of each other.
Nice find.
Food was very good and fresh.

d
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food not very good but location is convenient to Penn Station and Madison Square garden.

DH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everyone enjoyed their selection. The porkchop was awesome.

DB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The final night of my Daughter and I's stay in NYC for the holidays, we booked the same location as the year prior because of memories of great food and service. This year was no different. AMAZING food quality and price point was more then fair. The service..... Konstantina, If I remember the correct spelling was... AMAZING... A +++ KUDOS!!! She made the whole experience surpass excellent.. Please pass along our gratitude! Thank you for making our last meal in NYC for 2019... P E R F E C T !!!

CR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

It tooks a long time before someone came to see us when we arrived. The waiter didn’t took care of us during dinner. He brings us the bill without asking us if we wanted some coffee or dessert as if he was expecting us too leave rapidly. The meal was ok. The ambiance was great.

SC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service was practically non-existent! Sat for 45 minutes, and then one of our party had to go look for wait staff to bring coffee! Soups were lukewarm; food mediocre. One nice touch...piece of tiramisu with a birthday candle, as it was a birthday brunch get together. However, will probably not go again, despite its proximity to Penn Station, which is why I went in the first place.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The restaurant had a bit of a diner feel, which was not expected. I ordered the crab cake and it was mostly filler. The French fries were great though.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a show after. Service was quick and waitress was very attentive and pleasant. Food was very good and was served timely without being rushed

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Poor service
Slow service
Not enough waitstaff.

l
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent find by MSG. Service was excellent: we were seated before the full party arrived, the staff was attentive and did not rush us out. The pizza and pastas were delicious. Nice wine selection. Looking forward to returning and we won't need a game at the Garden to bring us here.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was an excellent place for an office lunch. It was spacious and service was quick. The portions were decent, but the food was on the bland side.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner for 8 prior to concert. Food was excellent, great cocktails and effortless service. Highly recommend.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Billy Joel Concert

BS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Nice place to meet friends near Penn Station when you actually want to talk to each other. Comfortable with tables far apart, light and bright.

L
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and very cool atmosphere. It was a very busy Monday night and our food was hot and yummy!!

a
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Trattoria Bianca is convenient to Madison Square Garden if you've got tickets. It's located in a hotel and at 7:00 pm during the December shopping season on a Saturday night it was packed. The noise level was unreal—shouting across a table level. The menus were stained and the printing in the cocktail-and-wine-by-the-glass menu was faded. That set off alarm bells in my head.

We weren't offered a full bottle wine list although we saw other diners with bottles on their table. The staff was clearly on a mission to turn the tables as quickly as possible. After the appetizer salads came out (almost as soon as the waitress got to the kitchen), we saw the maitresse d' and a man and woman who we assume are the owners or managers constantly circulating the room, checking on the progress of plates. The appetizer plates were clearly immediately as soon as we put down our forks.

All of these things individually wouldn't be horrific but put together it resulted in a harried, unpleasant atmosphere.

On the other hand, the waitress asked if we had any place to be at a particular time, which was considerate given where we were, 2 blocks from The Garden and not far from Broadway, because the main course I ordered takes a long time to cook. That turned out to be 15 minutes, perfectly acceptable to us.

The lamb ragu over gnocchi was tasty and had a lovely herb in the sauce. That was the long-cooking dish. The kitchen managed a difficult task: making chicken parmigiana where the breading was crisp and the chicken juicy and the cutlet was not drowning in cheese or sauce. We didn't have dessert. Prices were usual Manhattan level, quite high if you're not used to it.

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times. Consistently good service at both the bar and the table. Food is delicious and good portions. Close to Subway and Penn Station.

e
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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

Fantastic service and a delicious meal in a warm and friendly environment. Such a great find!! Can’t wait to return

DK
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was surprisingly very good
The food was great and the service outstanding
Our waiter was experienced and funny
Highly recommend it