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Nello

696 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10021
nr. 62nd St.
212-980-9099

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5
Food: 5
Service: 5
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

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24% would go back.

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Outrageous Act II

By DanB24 on 12/8/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

The food is good, but not outstanding, but I have to add to the comment from Outrageous - as this is a price warning. I only wish that we had read the reviews of Nello before ordering - to add insult to injury one of the people at our table asked to split the main between two truffle pasta dishes - that was $250 for the first course and $150 for the second - it was served on one plate - that came to $400 for a plate of pasta. We too have eaten truffles all over the world, but there is no justification for such prices; the waiter NEVER told us what it would cost - he merely flaunted the ever succulent truffles before our noses and suggested that we could add it to our meal. I have never before felt "ripped off" at a restaurant until we received this bill - $500 for just 3 courses for one person and that did not include the wine. Simply Outrageous indeed.

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75 out of 136 people found this review helpful.

Know what you are getting into...

By ttanic01 on 11/19/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

I agree that the prices at Nello are exorbitant. You can certainly find excellent pasta in New York City at half the price. BUT, I have to say that you should not be surprised to pay these prices once you decide to sit down at the restaurant. You are on Madison Avenue - know where you are and what type of environment you are in before you choose a restuarant. The prices for regular menu items are clearly listed on the menu, so there is absolutely NO excuse to not leave a tip for the waiters because of the prices. If you do that, you are clearly out of your league and should have chosen another restaurant and passed Nello right on by. That is rude and just unacceptable. Where do you think you are?

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75 out of 188 people found this review helpful.

Way too overpriced

By SanSiro on 1/22/2011

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I'm Italian, I've been living in New York City for 11 years. I've been to Le Cirque, Daniel, One if By Land Two if By Sea, Per Se and so on. Hands down, Nello is the most expensive restaurant I ever been in. It's way too over-priced. If you want to have a dinner in here and actually want to leave Nello with full stomach, you'll be spending $300 (without tip and tax) for sure. There is a great ambiance and food there. Service is also great. Music can be disturbing at times but just make sure you rob a bank before you go there.

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76 out of 138 people found this review helpful.

way overpriced

By rbesho on 4/28/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I stopped in for lunch alone on a weekday & ordered Pelligrino, & Dover sole ( special, no price quoted ). Service was adequate, sole was very good, price was $84 before tip. I realize Dover sole is an expensive dish, but prices are at least 30% too high. If I had ordered coffee & dessert I would have spent $175 for lunch.

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126 out of 220 people found this review helpful.

way too expensive

By kathybuto on 5/7/2013

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

We happened into Nello's - the place was busy with upper East Side "bling!" Service was good, but the the waiter was pretty disappointed at our light order. For two bowls of gazpacho, one iced tea, one coffee and one whisky sour, the bill was $115 not counting tip. We won't go back.

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57 out of 115 people found this review helpful.

$75 lobster salad

By marga on 2/9/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Went for lunch. Expected to overpay but for once in my life, was truly shocked when received bill for small salad with a SCOOP of lobster for $75! I have been to numerous restaurants in the city with important chefs and amazing reputations and have never ever paid this much for so little. My mistake was not asking the price when waiter introduced this item as a special but I really do feel that with such a hefty price tag, it should be something he should have mentioned. Oh well. Never ever again. Nello now holds the honor of being the first restaurant I've ever felt compelled to review online. I just had to.

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132 out of 224 people found this review helpful.

Not for the weak of heart...or wallet

By NYer10065 on 3/6/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I've traveled the world and had the pleasure of eating at some fantastic restaurants, however Nello takes the prize for being THE MOST EXPENSIVE restaurant with mediocre food. If you're fortunate enough to be driven to Nello in a Rolls Royce, I imagine even the most educated and successful UES'ers don't enjoy having "sucker" stamped on their outrageous bill. Do yourself a favor, save your time and money and steer clear from Nello and navigate your food palette to one of the many fine restaurants NYC has to offer. At the very least, you won't feel victimized nor see Nello line the pocket of his handmade sport coat with your hard earned money.

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84 out of 128 people found this review helpful.

A place for Pretentious Idiots

By ChesterMills on 7/8/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

Over priced and way overrated. Once you're inside, you will come to understand the attraction to this Restaurant and its not for their food, its for the Pompous Morons that dine here.

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79 out of 140 people found this review helpful.

How does this place still exist?

By Jwinehouse on 1/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Lavish flower arrangements and chic wall décor are the only characteristics of a gourmet restaurant you will find at Nello, one of New York City’s greatest parodies of a fine dining experience. Two glasses of house wine cost as much as an above average bottle at other nearby restaurants. The ordinary selection of pasta costs nearly four times what you might pay elsewhere. The only attention we received from our server was a choreographed greeting in an exaggerated Italian accent, but the display of hospitality quickly diminished when he realized we weren’t ordering starters. We rarely saw him the rest of the evening. The maitre d had to bring our check, which we asked for more than once. In my opinion, any restaurant that has the nerve to charge $130 for a bottle of Kendall-Jackson chardonnay and $50 for gnocchi with marinara sauce should bring far more to the table than run of the mill cuisine, shoddy service and prices that are as inflated as the staff’s egos. For those who believe a Madison Avenue address merits unreasonable prices for an unremarkable experience, Nello is your spot.

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99 out of 186 people found this review helpful.

AN INSULT TO BOTH THE PALATE AND THE POCKETBOOK

By grafvonb on 12/31/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I am among those who value fine food and wine and are willing to pay for it. New York offers many choices for a truly memorable meal at exorbitant prices, but it is simply foolish to pay so dearly for side street pasta and jug wine. I have been to Nello many times over the years. After my last visit a few years ago I swore never to return. That time the wine and service were appalling and the waiter actually argued about the tip! For reasons of convenience, I tried again last week, but found it even worse than before. The food was unremarkable, the portions small, the wine barely drinkable, and the atmosphere absurdly pretentious. My guest agreed. There are so many truly good places within easy walking distance. Leave Nello to people who don't know the difference and are content to be cheated and patronized.

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