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421 W. 13th St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Washington St.
By raymondanthony on 3/23/2014
Me and my wife met a bunch of friends for dinner we had drinks at the bar it was very nice atmosphere is nice than we got seated we had appetizers fresh mozzarella with bruzuto the mozzarella tasted like a chemical it was horrible than I ordered porter house for two the steak was vaine my wife had to go move the car because I had to much to drink because at 11 pm everyone gets a ticket I suggest hiring a driver its better so I will tell you I did not like my meal for the money not worth my time
fantastic night out
By jessicaAlvarez on 4/30/2012
I came here with a few girlfriends to celebrate a birthday they accomadated all 10 of us in a large round tableby the window. We had such a great time and the service was great. A private party in the chefs room had just finished up and they were so kind in letting us know that it was available to us if we wanted to make our desserts with the chef. We definitely accepted the invite. We put on chefs hats and aprons and it just litrally was the cherry on the ice cream. it topped off our whole night. We had such a blast and the owner David just a true gentleman along with his team of servers. Its a must dine place or for any private party a must. Not just because the food is amazing, but there service as well.
By Patricia1969 on 11/1/2011
Don't listen to the bad reviews. Valbella was everythinng I thought would be and more. The trendy meatpacking district has an absolute gem. We ordered the zucchini flowers and half order truffle pasta. The quality of the food was subperb. The manager came over to the table and was very attentive and accomodating. I can not wait for the Midtown location to open for business lunches!
By JLJL on 9/29/2011
After reading the previous reviews I was a bit pesimistic about going to this restaurant, but after hearing so much buzz about the place I just had to try it! I took my parents and they said it was hands down the best meal they have ever had! Beautiful decor, amazing service and the food was unbelievable! The seafood cocktail appetizer is not on the menu so be sure and ask for it. This is definitely a place to go if you like wine because the wine list is HUGE!!!! Great spot for a date, a night out with friends or a business meeting. I will definitely be back!
By michibeck on 5/27/2010
I didn't know ahead of time that this place was an "offshoot" of a Greenwich, CT restaurant. It's all making sense to me know... Valbella, on the fringes of MePa, is like a boring suburbanite trying desperately to fit in with all the cool kids on the block. Housed in a cavernous and dark room with post-industrial decor (think lots of metal), the restaurant instantly overwhelms you with noise. Most tables on a recent weeknight were packed with a boisterous and predominantly male crowd. Although I love inventive modern Italian food (L'Artusi, Scarpetta, del'Anima are all nearby and all fantastic), it took me 15 minutes to find something on the menu I wanted to order. My husband and I noticed the size of the portions being dragged to the tables from the kitchen, and wisely opted to split a house salad before our mains. That salad was easily the best thing we ate that night. My papardelle with braised short ribs presented as a heavy mass of noodles drowned in a watery "sauce" and sprinkled with drab and tasteless chunks of meat (were these really short ribs?). The halibut special my husband ordered was equally disappointing. It was overcooked and dry, and tasted like it had been frozen. But the evening's biggest challenge was finding a reasonably priced bottle of wine among the hundreds (thousands?) of $200-$1000 selections in the bombastic two volume wine list. We left scratching our heads at how this place managed its 25 food rating in the little red guide book.
great meal on a beautiful spring evening
By kevlquin on 5/25/2010
Ate here last Friday evening with my wife and college-age daughter. The decor was sophisticated modern with a touch of Italian flair evidenced by the unique chandeliers. The service was professional and attentive without being obtrusive. We started with complementary cheese and salami antipasto with our wine (a somewhat pricey Jos. Phelps Insignia at 340...more than 50 than I usually pay for that celebratory wine). The salads were fresh and presented with unexpected flair. The pasta courses (we ordered the smaller portions) were outstanding and included penne vodka as well as the short rib penne. I also had the Chilean sea bass cooked to perfection. Creme brulee and chocolate souffle's rounded out the meal. Both were excellent. After dinner we wandered over to the Standard Bar and Grill to soak in some of that scene. All in all a great time.
By Critic on 4/11/2010
Most of the food was not eaten, service was terrible added to the deafening noise level, 8 of us cannot understand their good ratings. Definitely go elsewhere Read more: Rate and Review: Valbella, New York City - MenuPages Restaurant Search http://www.menupages.com/rateandreview?rid=16747#ixzz0kq84MCxP
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