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Bella Blu

967 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021 40.76923 -73.963021
at 70th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-988-4624 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon-Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 68th St.-Hunter College



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Business Lunch
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Catering
  • Online Reservation


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

63rd St. to 78th St., First Ave. to Fifth Ave.


Bright and buzzing, Bella Blu is the middle child in a trio of East Side trattorias owned by Enrico Proietti, who ran 80s beautiful-people spot Ciaobella. A well-coiffed, convivial neighborhood crowd roosts here nightly for competent, rustic Italian. They’re doted on by polite, efficient servers in a room cheered by a tomato-red ceiling, bright tiles, and abstract nautical scenes on the walls. Proietti takes obvious care in selecting fish, meats, and produce, but the kitchen’s execution can be uneven. A heavy hand on the salt shaker mars elegantly presented dishes, like snowy halibut or delicate veal tenderloin with black truffle sauce. Expert pasta like the homemade lobster ravioli are a better choice. A pizza margherita, topped with creamy mozzarella, fragrant basil, and zingy tomato sauce and attractively charred in the wood-fired oven, is well worth ordering.


Don’t be shy to ask for special treatment here; service is accommodating and gracious, and the kitchen offers other fare not listed on the menu.

Recommended Dishes

Caesar salad, $13; homemade lobster ravioli with tomato sauce and asparagus tips, $24; margherita pizza, $18