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696 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10021
nr. 62nd St.
Outrageous Act II
By DanB24 on 12/8/2010
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.
By actiongirlnow on 12/12/2010
While my mom and I were in NYC this past weekend, we stumbled upon Nello's; which from the outside, looked like a simple cafe to grab lunch. However, once inside we were immediately whisked away to the bar for wine while we waited about 10 minutes for our table. The host was so nice, coming up, interested in where we were visiting from, and making sure that we were comfortable. Once seated, the waiter realized they had sat us in one of the only places they could fit a party of 8 and we were asked to move. We moved as they asked graciously, and in turn were given wine, dessert, and coffee on the house. We didn't just have one waiter, they were all hustling and bustling around our table making sure our every need was met. The bathroom was lovely, and while waiting outside for my mom to come out, Nello himself came out and struck up a conversation, very interested in the backgrounds of his customers. He was a gracious man who seemed to know every other person that walked by. It was an experience unique to New York City, and I will definitely go back on my next trip! It was expensive, but with that service and bustling atmosphere, it was worth every cent!
Horrendous scam -- stay away!
By CatrinaB on 12/23/2010
We wandered into Nello after spending the afternoon at the Metropolitan. We intended to look at the menu but immediately upon entering we were descended upon by four people who virtually muscled us into the dining room, took our coats and kept exclaiming, "Santa Monica! We love Santa Monica!" (The first question being, where are you from.) As we sat the waiter asked if we'd like a glass of champagne, which sounded lovely so I said yes and my dining companions said they'd stick with water. The menus arrived, and instantly we realized we'd made a mistake. INCREDIBLY overpriced, there was nothing on the menu that was even slightly reasonable, so we decided not to stay. Upon asking for the check we were presented with a bill for sixty nine dollars -- 39 for the glass of champagne and 30 for the water! If this place is symbolic of the horrendous excesses of the 2% of the country that now has all the money, I hope it goes down in flames -- SOON.
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.
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.
By grapevine000 on 4/5/2011
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.
By tulaNY on 5/26/2011
I went there, knowing that it is not an average bistro, more towards the higher level, but never thought that i will end up paying $120 just for just myself...& one main dish! Well I've been to very expensive places that look expensive, but this one looks more of a bistro and not a fine dining resto! I ordered the special of the day, lobster ravioli ( the price wasn't mentioned on the menu) but i looked up and checked the average to the most expensive dish in there it was almost $45 per dish. I ended up with $60 for ravioli and the rest for water and a 1 glass of wine. I mean the food was great but so over rated, the ambience is good packed at lunch time... but i still think it's a ripoff!
Simply very good
By HJCCP on 3/6/2012
Excellent fresh ingredients in simple dishes that have been refined over time. Very attentive service. The clientelle is up-market. The who-ha about high prices massively overstated. Worth every cent. Try the lobster salad, the Capasente, the Dover Sole.
Nello NYC is heaven on earth
By erikanyc on 3/12/2012
Nello Madison Avenue presents itself with elegant food, elegant wine, elegant wait staff, elegant patrons. The vibe is a sophisticated coolness. The time spent here (and mone) is not wasted. It is a vacation. It is heaven. You find yourself surrounded by like-minded people with like-minded taste. Worth the time and the pennies. Thank yo ufor a cool New York experience and a fabulous day to be alive.
Nello's - Good Times!
By mikeyen on 3/14/2012
My wife and I heard through the grapevine that Nello restaurant has been even better than usual as of late (the food). So, we decided to pay a visit to the iconic restaurant last night. We arrived around 7:30. It was quite busy. It was a really warm night so we decided to have a cocktail at the bar and wait for a table to open outside - the restuarant serves on their sidewalk cafe. We waited around 15 mins & the spirit of the restaurant was infectious - couples were being respectfully romantic & other groups were launghing and really enjoying themselves. Most patrons were drinking champagne. It also seemed that everyone was dressed with an acute sense of style. It was simply a beautiful "scene". Our outside table was ready for us about 20 minutes later - which was fine - we were in no rush and ejoying our cocktails - plus - we did not make a reservation on one of the most beautiful NYC nights in months. Once, seated - our server promptly came by to take our order. I noticed that Nello has a new wine menu. We ordered the chicken liver appetizer & the calamari. Both dishes were truly delicious. Our main course was ready rather quickly - we ordered the sea bass and lobster entrees. Again, both dishes were delicious. We ate very slowly because we did not want to leave! We ordered a champagne after the meal and split a dessert. I hate to admit it but we were lingerers. We felt so relaxes and were having such a great time that we lingered.
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