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Nello's

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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.
212-980-9099
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 45
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  • 54
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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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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Medford, New Jersey
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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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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Well - you cannot fault this place for it's location. Right in the heart of Madison. As for the meal - quite ordinary and completely true to original Italian recipes. The cook forgot to put eggs in the spaghetti carbonara - or is it simply that he thought a novel recipe would be more up-to-date? Whatever, I won't order one... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We ended having lunch in this restaurant, as were walking back from the Met to our hotel looking for a place to eat. The sitting was nice, and the service good. But the prices seemed little high, but I understood that it was due to the location (Madison Ave.). By the dishes' description, I really expected a very good kitchen... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Otherwise be prepared to spend an exorbitant amount of money for mediocre food and drinks and sleazy waiter service. They completely rip you off here. We spent >$250 here for dinner for 2 (without drinks!) and had no idea what we got ourselves into until the bill came. The tiny appetizers cost in the neighborhood of $20-30 each and the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I enjoy their pasta when I have a load of extra money to blow on a lunch, after shopping on Madison Avenue. Pretentious and expensive, but always delicious. It's a good choice when you want to sit outside and breath in the fumes from the exhausts of the fancy cars parked right next to you.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We were here couples looking for late afternoon lunch outside to enjoy the spring weather. We should have looked at the menu first and we should have left as soon as we opened the menu. Very pushy servers became snooty when we asked for tap water and no wine to start. We all had pasta course and the table shared... More 

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Additional Information about Nello's

Address: 696 Madison Ave, New York City, NY 10065-7206
Phone Number: 212-980-9099
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: 212-980-9099

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Upper East Side

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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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