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696 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10021
nr. 62nd St.
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By ttanic01 on 11/19/2008
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?
Way too overpriced
By SanSiro on 1/22/2011
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.
By rbesho on 4/28/2009
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.
way too expensive
By kathybuto on 5/7/2013
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.
$75 lobster salad
By marga on 2/9/2010
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.
Not for the weak of heart...or wallet
By NYer10065 on 3/6/2011
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.
A place for Pretentious Idiots
By ChesterMills on 7/8/2010
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.
How does this place still exist?
By Jwinehouse on 1/12/2009
Lavish flower arrangements and chic wall dÃ©cor are the only characteristics of a gourmet restaurant you will find at Nello, one of New York CityÂ’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 werenÂ’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 staffÂ’s egos. For those who believe a Madison Avenue address merits unreasonable prices for an unremarkable experience, Nello is your spot.
AN INSULT TO BOTH THE PALATE AND THE POCKETBOOK
By grafvonb on 12/31/2008
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.
Rip off of all time
By StevieZ on 7/22/2008
I should have suspected something when I noticed (after the fact) that there was no menu shown in the front window visible from the street. I guess the restaurant is too embarrassed. The food and service at Nello are OK, but the pricing is obscene. If you go here unaware, be prepared to pay something like $25 for a small salad -- greens and nothing else; $25 for a mixed drink; $50-60 for entrees... you get the picture. I was so disgusted by the prices, that I left no tip -- I figured the waiter could ask the restaurant to make it up to him off of their profits. I go to a lot of restaurants, many on expense account, and this one is so out of line, I wouldn't even go here to take out a client on expense account. Why do they stay busy? It's a mystery.
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