71 W 71st St Frnt 1, New York, NY 10023
Parking: Garage, Street
Bike Parking: No
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Italian, Steakhouse, European, Seafood, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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07/23/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Do not go here. First they are cash only, which you do not know until you read it at the end of the menu. Then they leave the lunch priced fix menu with the lunch prices on dinner menu then charge you more money for the same meal because its ""dinner"". (They don't change the lunch to dinner menu because ""it would take too much time"".) When confronted nicely with the confusion about not being told the difference, they argued with us to the point that the manager basically told us and the people at the next table not to come back I've never encountered such unbelievably bad behavior by a business owner, particularly where the product is not exactly to die for.
07/08/2010Provided by Citysearch -
i have been to this place a number of times and have never had a bad meal. I was greeted by the owner nicky with a warm hello and seated in the outdoor garden very quickly. The staff was very nice and even gave some great ideas for apps and the main course. I eat out 7 nights a week in NYC and wanted something different. When i requested something that i didnt see on the menu, the owner came over and said he would make it himself, and it was amazing.The bartender megan was friendly and sweet. After dinner we sat at the bar for one last drink . My girlfriend requested a drink i never heard of, and megan not only knew it, but made it better than the place where she had it last. I say its def a place to go and enjoy good homestyle cooking at a good price...and dont forget to get the meatballs. They are just like mama's
11/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We were a party of six, which would please any resturant in this economy. We stood waiting to undertand if we seat ourselves or if we needed to wait to be seated. Finally, a waiter came over and asked our number of people and seated us. The food was great, no question about it. But there is an attitude about the staff. The food is great so deal with causal dress code for staff (sneakers & jeans), chasing a waiter for more water, then serving yourself instead of waiter serving everyone at the table. Bad recommendation on the cheesecake. Waiters have no ability to field simple questions on menu. Again, the food is great but it takes more than great food to make a great meal. Decor, atmosphere, waiter knowledge of menu, friendliness, service, service, service. Thank you.
10/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place used to be lovely. We went there , 2 couples for a birthday dinner. What a mistake.
The bar was a local hangout which when we asked for drinks to be transfered to our table the
barmaid sighed with a ""OK!"" in a very rude manner. Then the special? vodka sauce tasted like it was out of a can. Then the waiter seemed to be so engrossed with the locals at the bar, our food was not hot, and the salads were wilty. I can not believe a rest could go so far down hill. Then the owner. This man is so rude. We overheard him yelling at a woman who didnt know she had to use CASH only. It was a horrible night. This WAS a great place. The staff is bored and maybe drunk. The owner is rude and nasty. The food was terrible Ive had better with stouffers. I would not recommend this more than I would a deli on any corner in NYC , I think they are much better and fresher. Truly to have such a beautiful space and to ruin it with rude service, terrible food, cash only...is a disgrace to the uws. The owner is not a nice guy. And I think it caused the whole place to go down the tubes. Dont go here. Also people were smoking , the staff, right outside the open windows, and you could smell it in the rest. The coffee. Was also uneventful. Very rude staff waiters and terrible food.
09/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Dinner for 2 came to a little over $80. My entree arrived slightly warm on a dingy plate. While we were still waiting for our entrees, the busboy asked if he could take our olive oil which we said was ok since no one came back with more bread for our bread basket. Service was slow. We ordered an appetizer of fried zucchini and it was not great, and too small a portion for 2. We waited so long for the zucchini to arrive I started to think it would arrive the same time as our entrees, but the entrees did come later.
On the plus side, our waiter was friendly and informative. I liked the wine and the dessert was good, but in general I left there thinking we could have made that whole dinner (better) at home and not spent that much money. This would be a good place to go for dessert and an espresso after a show at Lincoln Center, but I don't recommend it for dinner.
05/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was really surprised to read some of the previous reviews on this place. It is a local favorite of a few of my friends, so I joined them with my husband for dinner last week. The staff was amazing and gracious. They even gave us a free sampling of desserts at the end of our meal! This place has great classic italian fare at very reasonable prices. The seafood risotto and penne ala vodka were my favorites! There is a beautiful/charming outdoor garden (hence ""bello giardino"") with tables set underneath grape vines!!! Great place for a romantic date!!! Haven't found many places like this in all of NYC.
11/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My dinner at Bello Giardino was the worst experience I've ever had in restaurant. I went there for the first and only time with my husband and infant son, who was sleeping in his stroller. We went for an early dinner because we had the baby and were hoping to avoid crowds. When we got there at 5 pm the place was empty, but I asked the waiter to seat us someplace where the stroller would be out of the way. Halfway through our dinner, the owner came over and started yelling at us to move our stroller so he could use the table next to us. I told him that we had been assured by our waiter that the stroller would be fine. He then called our waiter over and loudly demanded that he bring us our check, effectively kicking us out before we finished our meal. I was discussing the situation calmy with my husband when the owner again came over to reay the table next t us, and when he heard me talking he came over and pointed a finger in my face and shouted that I could never come back, and did the same to my husband. By this point, he was causing such a scene that fellow diners were watching in shock. He was unbelievably rude and unprofessional. I would advise you to avoid this restaurant if you want courteous service because this man seems like a loose canon who truly ruined our evening. I had gone out of my way to make sure the stroller would not be a problem, and we would have gone somewhere else if the waiter had simply told us it would be in the way. Instead, the owner blamed us for the waiter's mistake and forced us to pay for a meal we couldn't finish. Please do not support this business, there are so many wonderul restaurants with better food and owners who appreciate their customers.
05/31/2006Provided by Citysearch -
After a long Memorial Day weekend, my Lady Friend and I decided to eat something that was not barbecued or fried. We decided on Italian food. Since my Lady Friend is Italian, her bar for her country's fare is high. However, she went patriotic with a salad and grilled chicken. I had the penne a la vodka. The best thing about Bello Giardino was the garden in the back. Covered by a canopy of vines and leaves, it didn't feel like NYC. I imagine that the staff was short because the service was a bit spotty but very friendly. I'd recommend this for a casual dinner, but make sure you sit in the garden.