696 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10021
nr. 62nd St.
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!
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 tanya606 on 11/30/2010
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.
By NYparee on 9/20/2010
Nello's looked nice enough when we arrived, but my spidey sense should have been tingling when the distracted host: a) tried to seat us by the door to the kitchen and b) was perfectly indifferent when I asked to be seated near the front of the restaurant. Nevertheless, I held my judgment--big mistake. When ordering our appetizers, we asked for some bread. The response? The restaurant was "out of bread". How can an Italian restaurant run out of bread?! This and other mysteries would haunt and baffle us throughout the evening. The rest of the service was slow and callous and we frequently heard the host yelling at the highly undertrained waitstaff (granted, this was somewhat comical). It is difficult to imagine a work of fiction with a more disastrous plot. But what was worse was that it seemed as though other tables in the restaurant shared our terrible fate. Saving the best for last, Nello's grand finale was the bill. I should have known better than to order a special (pasta dish with no price mentioned by the reliable waitstaff), but still, the punishment was not exactly commensurate with my crime. The price for this little (perfectly mediocre) 2-person fiesta? $407.85! I have had meals in 3 michelin star restaurants for less than the culinary catastrophe that is Nello's. If only I could assuage the pain of my financial wounds with the knowledge that I had experienced high dining bliss. But no, this was not to be. I have experienced finer cuisine out of a Kraft box.
By hamabenouta on 9/19/2010
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.
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.
By helenka on 5/22/2010
Was charged $49 for a tiny lobster salad. Terrible service. Asked for bread 3 times. Water arrived when was almost done with my meal. Pretentious and Overpriced. With so many wonderful choices to the left and right of this place, why would anyone go back?
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.
By dmdeans on 1/27/2010
I had dinner at Nello's expecting an excellent dinning experience. Was I disappointed! This place was outrageously expensive, stuffy and the staff arrogant. My associate had a small piece of fish which was $65 which came with 2 asparagus. The garden salad was $17. Their wines were marked up 4x to 5x as opposed to most restaurants at 2x times cost. The food was acceptable (not great), the service slow and everything so overpriced you felt taken advantage of. Would I go back... NEVER!! Avoid this "rip off" joint at all cost.
By memflyken2 on 9/22/2009
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."