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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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Rip off of all time

By StevieZ on 7/22/2008

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

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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91 out of 142 people found this review helpful.

Rip-off pricing!!!

By matchman on 6/5/2007

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

It is 4:30 on a hot Saturday afternoon and the street side tables at Nello's look inviting and a terrific place for a glass of Prosecco. The Prosecco was average but nicely chilled and the waiter suggested a plate of nibbles. We were dining later so he suggested something light, a few slices of prosciuto and some cheese. It was of reasonable quality and the bread basket was good. The bill was outrageous...a few slices of prosciuto, 2 ounce-sized portions of parmegian and a couple of small balls of mozzarello was $68.00...the $25.00 per glass charge for prosecco and $14.00 for a mid-sized bottle of flat water seemed a bargain in comparison. We had a full meal at Union Square Cafe later that evening for almost the same price. The place is a rip-off.

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262 out of 538 people found this review helpful.

Outrageous

By tanya606 on 11/30/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

My husband and I were in NY for the weekend. We had previously eaten at Nello's and knew it would be expensive but have not been there in years. I ordered the special of risotto with truffels (no price given at anytime), a meal I have enjoyed in excellent restaurants in France, Italy and UK. The food was delicious but I can't describe the letdown when the bill came and we were charged $250.00 for the risotto ALONE. I can't ever eat there again or recommend it to anyone knowing what crooks they are.

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89 out of 165 people found this review helpful.

Hoodwinked

By memflyken2 on 9/22/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

It was a beautiful Saturday pre-noon. The marigolds in large pots outside looked inviting; the chance to dine al fresco in such a beautiful spot seemed too good to pass up.... Big mistake. The food was actually passable -- or so the three of us convinced ourselves -- and what was not to like about the decor? But how was I to know that I'd be paying through the nose for the pleasure of enjoying it? A singular experience, this: lunching @ $100 a person at the most over-priced restaurant in the world. Don't be deceived as you walk by; Nello gives whole new meaning to the phrase "highway robbery."

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114 out of 201 people found this review helpful.

$25 Martinis...really?

By kmt211 on 9/19/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

I recently went to Nello simply because it was the closest place at hand to have a few drinks and dessert with a friend. Five Cosmopolitans and one marginal creme brulee (which incidentally had some sort of bean in it that certainly wasn't meant to be there), we were presented with a bill for $169. I am all for expensive cocktails when there's a certain level of craftsmanship involved but these were about as common as a rat in the subway. AVOID this place!

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76 out of 127 people found this review helpful.

This is the place to go if you want...

By mountart on 6/22/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

... pretentious ambience, lousy service and over-priced average food. With a small army of wait and support staff they managed to completely ignore every normal expectation of an average restaurant, like bringing menus before you finish your aperitif, providing water and a bread basket, refilling empty water glasses, asking if you need another drink, cheese or fresh pepper for your entree and not bringing a dessert tray the second you finish your entree. Not to mention the exorbitant pricing for average fare. If you are a pompous buffoon you will no doubt enjoy this restaurant and fit in nicely.

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78 out of 117 people found this review helpful.

Ripoff

By grapevine000 on 4/5/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

The staff is not so friendly and only caterers to its repeat patrons. The food is the most expensive menu in NYC with no big deal. Entree portions are so small that I had to have another dinner that same day. Wow a big ripoff.

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97 out of 158 people found this review helpful.

I'd never visit again.

By hamabenouta on 9/19/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

We usually have a dinner at Amaranth which is our neighbors.But that night it had a big party and no table for us. We visited Nello near there instead. It was our big mistake.What a price! It was really unbelievable.We could dine at Amaranth 3 times with it.We were disappointed at their service. We did not have a chance to see wine list.We were asked what to drink,and said Pino Grigio and had to pay more than $20 for a glass.It was an awful experience,but I've learned.

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91 out of 143 people found this review helpful.

bad and very expensive

By kiranchaw on 6/10/2013

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

we were at nello a few days ago and the prices are out rages and the food was bad not worth the money we paid for. the waiter could even suggest a wine in the price range of $150 a bottle. we had to fend for ourselves. will never go there agein

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54 out of 118 people found this review helpful.

not recommended

By miaamore on 6/20/2012

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

Horrible food and to top it off Nello who claims to be the owner right...is rude and only nice to skinny model looking girls...don't waste your money....there are so many great Italian restaurants in NYC...and to top it off....complete rip off...

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68 out of 129 people found this review helpful.

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