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Bell Book & Candle
Posted by Paul on 10/13/2011
This place is OK as a neighborhood bar, if you're looking for hanging with friends of the owner in a bunker that reeks like garbage on summer garbage days. But it is not the food that draws people here. The place may have gotten some press because the lettuce is grown on the roof or some such thing (also bad press that because of this the lettuce tastes like taxi exhaust...this is nyc rooftop afterall). but I don't know a single person who has said they would go back there for the food. It's not terrible, but it's definitely not good, especially by NYC standards. It's mediocre neighborhood food, trying to hide behind the novelty that it was grown in the polluted air of the rooftop. Save your appetite for other places in the 'hood and if you end up here, make it for a drink.
Posted by anonymous on 05/21/2011
I was walking down 10th Street Sunday noonish and heard some music ( sax, guitar and this amazing female vocalist) and decided to go down and check it out. Walking down into the bar you find yourself in a causal comfy environment with incredible live music. The Bartender quickly took my order after informing me about there special roasted pear Bellini that is made with fresh pairs that they spice and roast them selves and it was amazing. After enjoying a few tunes in the bar and staring down the menu I decided to move into the dining room where I was able to hold a conversation while still enjoying the music playing in the other room. I ordered the steak benedict that came out quickly and with a smile. It was nothing short of delicious, with such a delightful blend of herbs, served with mixed veggies. I came to find out that they have a hydroponic garden on the roof that feeds their kitchen the greens. What a great idea. I Had a great experience with Great food I would highly recommended the BB&C.
Posted by Helene on 05/14/2011
Went here a Thursday evening and got tossed into a wall of loud speaking (screaming) people. We could only stand it for 45 minutes and then we left in a hurry. We liked the food and the service but the loudness is disappointing. Will not go back as long as they don't adjust the volume. Spoiled the dinner.
Posted by Belle on 02/06/2011
The food was decent, the other people in the restaurant were all adult-age so no children (of course there were many loud university students) and the service was great. Super cute and friendly waiter too. Will definitely be going with friends again, in the future.
Posted by anonymous on 01/19/2011
I came here on a recommendation from a fried who spoke highly of the place. Everything was pretty forgettable. Marinated goat cheese appetizer was good but blah, the Burrata and beets were subpar. The burratta was the most disappointing I have ever had. there was no creamy center which is the best part (and it claimed to be made in house)! Fried chicken was too salty, monkfish had good flavors but would have benefited from more sauce on the plate. Greens and stuffing served with it were very good. Apple pie was delicious. Service was best case scenario for NY restaurant (friendly, attentive but not overbearing).
Posted by Eater575 on 01/04/2011
In fairness, they’ve only been open for a few weeks, so perhaps things will get better with time. But overall, we had a very forgettable meal. The food was lackluster. I dined with a group of four and we ordered eight appetizers to share, almost all of which ended up coming with the same bland pita bread on the side—zero points for creativity. I had hoped for vibrant dishes with super-fresh tasting ingredients, but we had nothing of the sort. Our white wine was very warm. Service was just ok. Ambience was nice—dimly lit and cozy--but that can be said of many of the restaurants in this area.
Posted by Roxy on 12/20/2010
Dinner was great! Service is fast , our waiter was very attentive, I even left her an extra tip, since she was very polite and patient, since my husband never knows want to order. She explain everything and let us made our decision without being pushy. We had a bottle of the red, cant remember the name, but it was suggested by the manager Mike. It was incredible and it coasted almost nothing. The place is nice and cozy, and I'd def go back.