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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 34
    Very good
  • 46
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  • 55
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  • 151
    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
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Without a doubt the most expensive lunch my wife and I have ever had! It's too bad we didn't read the other reviews in advance because it's true...the food is ok, the atmosphere nice, but nothing is worth the price you pay here! $200 for 3 appetizers and 3 drinks! Outrageous!

2 of 5 starsReviewed June 9, 2015
Jack P
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Medford, New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

too expensive for very average food. Pastas are ridiculously priced. Menu selection is extensive but staff is so arrogant that it detracts from any ambiance.

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George N, Owner at Nello, responded to this review

Franco, it's disheartening to read about your disappointment. We take great pride in our fresh ingredients and our innovative dishes, so it's a shame to read you feel our food is overpriced. The customer experience is one of our top concerns, so we're deeply sorry if you received a different impression. We're always looking for ways to improve, so we... More 

Paradou, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Its not the prices --which are the same as the GDP of a small country--its the arrogant attitude and bill padding that goes on. i won't even discuss the food because most of the guests are too large or dull to notice one way or the other. The only person who will steer you towards this place, will be the... More 

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George N, Owner at Nello, responded to this review

Michael, truth be told, it's disheartening to read about your disappointment with our prices. We use the freshest and finest ingredients, so our dishes are priced accordingly. That said, we apologize if this deterred you, as that's never our intention. Thank you for your feedback, as we're always looking for ways to improve. All the best, Nello More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My daughter and I were looking for a nice spot to have a quick lunch before our flight home from NYC and this looked perfect.. The manager was very nice and found us a great table outside. When I looked at the menu I was very surprised to see the prices. I would have gotten up, but just couldn't after... More 

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George N, Owner at Nello, responded to this review

We're sorry you were shocked by the prices -- we understand why you chose to stay, but please know, none of our staff would have felt affronted if you chose to leave. Our dishes use the highest quality ingredients, and that is reflected in the price. If we failed to prove that we're worth every cent, then we dropped the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Terrible prices...for 5 persons we pay 1460 dollars...this is without tips...these guys believes that they have 3 michelin stars...food was good...when we want to order a bottle of wine...Surprise...the price start from 180 dollars...we order that bottle , but the waiter...with a superior attitude said "we don't have!"...the second choice was 230 dollars...he said again: we don't have...ans suggest me... More 

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George N, Owner at Nello, responded to this review

We're so glad you loved the food! But, if we didn't prove to you that we're worth every cent, then we dropped the ball. It's disappointing we didn't have the wine you wanted available, but excellent wine comes at a price, and we will not relent when it comes to the quality of the food we cook, or the wine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Most expensive lunch on Madison Avenue but great food and people watching. Great pastas and champagne.

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George N, Owner at Nello, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us, Emmy! We're so glad that you enjoyed both our food and our atmosphere, and hey, a glass of champagne never hurt anyone! Hope to see you again soon! All the best, Nello More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The volume of "overpriced" reviews would seem like a turnoff to many, but it doesn't leave the restaurant empty. For a restaurant to be in the same place in NYC for I think about 25 years, they must be doing something right. I'll grant that it's a fair criticism to say the food may not entirely match the prices, but... More 

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George N, Owner at Nello, responded to this review

So glad you were a fan of our staff and restaurant! We appreciate your kind words and hope you'll be back soon. All the best, Nello More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The food was good but totally overpriced. I wouldn't recommend it for that reason. It's not only expensive but the portions are smaller than in Italy. Bottle of Aqua Panna $15. Espresso $8. Desserts $25. Then there is tax and service. Just be fore warned.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We had dinner, our dishes: carpaccio, vitello tonato, prosciutto e melone, gnocchi.All very good, delicious and prepared properly. Service was fast and courteous.They really know how to prepare a Negroni.The setting is nice and not pretentious. They should lower their prices by 25 %, but it is Madison Av between 62 and 63rd!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

the location and atmosphere is great. It is expensive no doubt so is New York, just add up the total what you order, you won't have any regrets. Sometimes you pay for who is sitting on the next table.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Without a doubt the most expensive lunch my wife and I have ever had! It's too bad we didn't read the other reviews in advance because it's true...the food is ok, the atmosphere nice, but nothing is worth the price you pay here! $200 for 3 appetizers and 3 drinks! Outrageous!

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Additional Information about Nello

Address: 696 Madison Ave, New York City, NY 10065-7206
Phone Number: 12129809099
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
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
Average Prices: USD 50 - 80
Cuisine: Italian

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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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  • 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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