696 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10021
nr. 62nd St.
By DaveParis on 4/6/2012
A Bellini or two (or three) with a friend, filet mgnon carpiccio, white truffle pasta. Sublime. Perfection.
By NYCelite on 3/19/2012
It was my mother's birthday so I took her to Nello on Sat. Although she is an older lady & very conservative & she hates stuff restaurants - she agreed. She told me that she hears so much about Nello that she does not want to go. I insisted. So we ended up at Nello (which was mobbed as always). Nello's was filled with sexy women & good looking men - & my mom. I was praying that she was not going to complain because she always complains when I take her out. She ordered Osso Bucco with white mushrooms; I ordered spaghetti mare-monte. For appetizers we indulged in orders of pasta with truffles. We had two Bellini's + two glasses of Red wine - Cianti. The pasta - I have no words to describe. The only word that makes sense is "divine". I had a bite of my mom's Osso Bucco - I have never tasted a meat dish that was so succulent, cooked perfectly, and the porchinni mushroom's flavors was jus perfect. The pasta was with cream, calamari, arugula, fresh tomatoes - perfectly cooked. It was sea-food but had a flavor that was not fishy or over-powering. The radio and argula and fresh tomato, garlic, and oil - took the usual fish flavor and reinvented it. It truly was perfectly cooked. We had a Napoleon. It was so light, so crisp. The cream was not too sweet. It was perhaps the best desert I had in NYC. MY mom wanted to hang out & watch the scene. My mom asked to meet Nello. He came and sat with us and talked to her for a few minutes. He was so chambering. She wants to go back again!
By pepperpet on 3/12/2012
I do watch my money and I am very picky and demanding. So...I walk into Nello on Madison Avenue in NYC and...holy sh*t - this place was soooo cool! The flowers, the ambience, the music, the wait-staff...I felt bad that I was alone - I wanted to share this experience. I wanted to be in love but I would have to wait for my boyfriend to arrive in the next half hour. So, in the meantime, I fell in love with the whole restaurant. Before I blinked the Bellini was in front of me and was the same exact colour as the three gigantic cherry blossom bouquets in this outrageously elegant NYC restaurant. The ambiance was a combination of "Out of Africa" & "The Great Gatsby". Almost every table was feeling the vibe, having Bellini's, drinking, champagne or wine,.... and I heard so much laughter. I had seen Nello Balan around town... but never spoke to him - he is somewhat intimidating - with his impeccabe dress and ease of conversation, I thought I was out of his league, but I was alone and fearless so I said , "hello". And...he said "hello" back. I spoke toTHE Nello Balan! I asked him - what do you reccomend? He said, "How do you want to feel - some of the dishes on the menu are an aphrodiasiac." I said, "Bring it on - my boyfriend will be meeting me in 20 minutes". Needless to say, Nello brought it .... and it was amazing! Yeah, it was a little pricey but worth every penny and every moan from my boyfriend! Thank you Nello! I love Nello restaurant XOXOXOX
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.
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.
By geroge123 on 3/18/2012
Last night a group of my friends (17) had a suprise birthday party for me at Nello Restaurant on Madision Avenue at 9 o'clock. The staff at Nello did a beautiful job - rose petals on the floor, a stunning certerpiece bouquet, and a truly delicious birthday cake. The meal was served family style (my New York friends are my Urban family so this style of eating was so perfect). We drank Bellini's all night and the music they played was classy. The scence at the restaurant was upscale chic and two movie starts were there as well! The food was so tastefully presented and was scrumptous. I had the best birthday of my life and the staff at Nello made it really special. It was as if they anticiapted all our whims. We stayed until about 2 in the morning - we had so much fun. It was a birthday I will never forget. "The" Nello himself came to the table and wished me a Happy Birthday in seven languages! What a cool guy! If you are looking to have an amazing birthday party you can not go wrong having it at Nello's.
By oscarnyc on 3/18/2012
Dining at Nello restaurant is like dining in Europe. You do not feel like you are in New York City and the wait staff is not a bunch of want to be actors or models but rather elegantly dressed and eloquent and very knowledgable about the food and wine. The atmosphere is georgeous and relaxing. The food is so good that after your first bite you will say to yoruself: "I have to come back here!" I had been feeling a bit under the weather for about a week so I ordered soup as my appetizer (my wife ordered the chicken livers). It was so weird but after eargerly consuming half the bowl of minestrone soup I started feeling better. Is it possible that Nello puts magical medicinal properties in his food? Actaully, today my bug is all gone(for real). If you ever feel lousy - go to Nello to get the soup! My wife and I also adored our entrees and enjoyed a bottle of wine together. We felt very happy and in very much in love at Nello's. Before we left we even made a reservation for our anniversary dinner in seven weeks. The other patrons at Nello's were very beautiful people and very well dressed - no one was speaking too loudly and no one was dressed inappropriately (my wife and I despise dining around loud and "improperly" dressed individuals). Nello's is calssy and sophisticated, realxing and fun - and the people watching could possibly be the best in the city! We highly recommend dining at Nello. It is a flawless experience and an experience you will remember.
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.
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!
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!