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Nello

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696 Madison Ave, New York City, NY 10065-7206 (Between 62nd and 63rd Street)
By train: Take the N,Q,R to 5 Ave/59 St Station or the 4,5,6 to Lexington Ave/ 59 St Station.
12129809099
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Description: Nello is the Upper East Side's finest Italian dining establishment,...
Nello is the Upper East Side's finest Italian dining establishment, catering to the world's elite in a beautiful boutique space that is both casual and elegant. In our 25 years, Nello has become the reference standard for excellence and ambiance, by virtue of its singular vision of traditional European splendor presented with sophisticated cosmopolitan flair. Drawing on the storied lineage of the restaurant's creator, coupled with the wealth of experience shaping its world-class staff, Nello is unique in its ability to effectively combine elements of North Mediterranean culture and Manhattan society, while maintaining the authenticity of each. Sharing its exclusive Madison Avenue locale, as well as its clientele, with neighboring high-end fashion and jewelry designers, such as Hermes, Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Graff, and Chopard, the international jet set has long considered Nello a destination point on their global itinerary. We invite you to join us for an exemplary dining experience with world class flair that can only be found here at Nello.
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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 60
    Poor
  • 163
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    1.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Perhaps the Most Overpriced Restaurant in Manhattan?

I have to admit I've been coming to Nello for years when I am in NYC - only because it is close to shopping. This year I was reminded that every time I go it is a huge disappointment. Certainly fun people watching as the rich and famous seem to be stuck in the same rut I am! But this... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Gayle M
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Redwood City, California, United States
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Redwood City, California, United States
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have to admit I've been coming to Nello for years when I am in NYC - only because it is close to shopping. This year I was reminded that every time I go it is a huge disappointment. Certainly fun people watching as the rich and famous seem to be stuck in the same rut I am! But this... More 

Helpful?
Thank Gayle M
Maurizio F, Manager at Nello, responded to this review

Gayle, I'm sorry you were disappointed with your food and service. I'm especially concerned to hear about your food because we make sure to cook fresh food that is prepared properly. I hope you'll take my concern into consideration and know that I am looking into this matter. It's my hope that we'll see you again. Thank you for your... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Strolling around the Upper East Side on Christmas Day, I came across Nello and decided to pop in for a drink. It's quaint ambience ensured a very relaxed time. As we were eating later that night we only popped in for a quick drink. The champagne we bought was beautiful but very expensive. Staff were friendly and accommodating. I'd certainly... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank muammar g
Maurizio F, Manager at Nello, responded to this review

We're pleased you happened upon our restaurant and that you found our staff friendly and accommodating and the ambience relaxing and pleasing. We'd love to have you back again if your travels bring you back to us. Cheers, Nello More 

NYC
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I (we live in Greenwich Village) found ourselves on the UES and stopped-into Nello for an impromptu lunch. The food was very good. The service was very good. The ambience was very pleasant. We had a delightful time, quite honestly. For what we ordered, however, the bill was enormous - - $600. The undisclosed prices of the... More 

Helpful?
Thank MatadorSevilla
Maurizio F, Manager at Nello, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed what you thought was good food, service, and a nice ambiance to top it off. As for the prices, we're sorry you were caught off guard by the cost of the specials and wines. We think our prices reflect the quality of food and service as well as our restaurant's location, but we'd never want our... More 

Potomac
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get ready for an expensive but fabulous lunch. wouldn't suggest having dinner, pretty sleepy at that time. But lunch...what a scene!

Helpful?
Thank 4Kanes
Maurizio F, Manager at Nello, responded to this review

We agree that life is fabulous with the accumulation of memorable scenes, and we're happy we could create one for you! Of course, we're also pleased you enjoyed your lunch and that it made a tasty impression on you. Hope to see you soon, Nello More 

SouthGa
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126 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As you'll see in other reviews, Nello is a high-end restaurant, and it's quite expensive. But the food was wonderful, the service was spiffy and the ambience was lovely. We happened upon it as we walked with our daughter on Madison Avenue and took a sidewalk table. Our waiter suggested prosecco, a Bellini or a mimosa (there were three of... More 

Helpful?
Thank SouthGaTravelGuy
Maurizio F, Manager at Nello, responded to this review

Enjoying a meal that is delicious and inventive in its combination of seafood, pasta, and salad sounds like a great experience. We're pleased you and your family were satisfied with not only the food but also the spiffy service and unique ambiance that the Upper East Side offers. Supplementing your meal with prosecco, a Bellini, and a mimosa also sounds... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The bread is below average, pasta over cooked . food is average but priced at Michelin star restaurant. We hv ordered the Pasta, salad n steak for 2. Not worth it!

Helpful?
Thank N R
Maurizio F, Manager at Nello, responded to this review

Your dissatisfaction with the bread and pasta is concerning because we work hard to cook and serve delicious Italian cuisine that brings people back year after year. However, we're sorry you didn't find this to be true yourself, and it's our wish to invite you back for another try so that we can prove the exemplary quality of our food... More 

Trumbull, Connecticut, United States
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179 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I and a group of friends spent New Year's Eve at Nello. What a GREAT time. The restaurant was decorated for the holidays and for NYE The staff at this restaurant are outstanding even on crazy busy night like NYE. The food was very good. Highly recommend the lobster ravioli as well as the Prosciutto and Barata.... More 

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1 Thank TonyLovesToDineOut
Maurizio F, Manager at Nello, responded to this review

What a fantastic evening for a fabulous bunch! It sounds like you and your party enjoyed a memorable evening, with tons of good food, entertainment, and service. I'm hoping the new year will bring you more delectable food as well as another meal with us! Cheers, Nello More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Wow I can't believe I payed that much for such mediocre food. I'm incredibly disappointed, was hoping to get an authentic Italian meal and I got the opposite.

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2 Thank gracefriedman
Southern california
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58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We had a flight to catch and needed lunch and Nello was right there, looked fun, so in we went. Probably should have looked at a menu first as the prices are pretty astronomical, even for NYC. The location is very central, in the midst of bustling shopping, the other diners were quite a well dressed and attractive bunch. The... More 

Helpful?
Thank Igetaroundconb
Maurizio F, Manager at Nello, responded to this review

We agree that delicious food and a unique atmosphere should justify the price of a meal, and we're concerned you didn't think the food and set-up were worth the total cost of your dining experience. Our chefs create wonderful Italian cuisine and our clients provide a unique atmosphere that not only make dining experiences memorable but justify our menu prices.... More 

2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

I'm blown away by how expensive it is. They mark up the prices way to much and it is not great food either. We paid 200 for wine that is really 40 dollars

Helpful?
Thank John F
Maurizio F, Manager at Nello, responded to this review

John, our prices reflect not only the quality of our food and drink but also our uniquely extravagant atmosphere and clientele. In other words, we're sorry you felt otherwise. We hope you'll reconsider your experience with us because we'd love to have you back for another shot at showing you a great experience well worth it. Hope to see you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 696 Madison Ave, New York City, NY 10065-7206
    (Between 62nd and 63rd Street)
  • Public Transportation: By train: Take the N,Q,R to 5 Ave/59 St Station or the 4,5,6 to Lexington Ave/ 59 St Station.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: 12129809099

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining

Description

Nello is the Upper East Side's finest Italian dining establishment, catering to the world's elite in a beautiful boutique space that is both casual and elegant. In our 25 years, Nello has become the reference standard for excellence and ambiance, by virtue of its singular vision of traditional European splendor presented with sophisticated cosmopolitan flair. Drawing on the storied lineage of the restaurant's creator, coupled with the wealth of experience shaping its world-class staff, Nello is unique in its ability to effectively combine elements of North Mediterranean culture and Manhattan society, while maintaining the authenticity of each. Sharing its exclusive Madison Avenue locale, as well as its clientele, with neighboring high-end fashion and jewelry designers, such as Hermes, Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Graff, and Chopard, the international jet set has long considered Nello a destination point on their global itinerary. We invite you to join us for an exemplary dining experience with world class flair that can only be found here at Nello.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighborhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighborhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
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