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Posted by Thomas Redio on 03/06/2010
The food was solid and we enjoyed the service. However we ordered the specials and a bottle of wine and a few appetizers and ended up spending more money than at any restaurant in the last 5 years while living in Manhattan...You see the specials were 1.5X the price of anything else on the menu and were misspriced. We left with a dirty taste in our mouths and won't be going back for awhile.
Posted by Panucci Picchi on 03/05/2010
one of the best in the city!
Posted by B.M.W. on 01/17/2010
The menu is varied and excellent. Food is fresh and of highest quality. I've eaten here dozens of times and never had a bad meal. Fish ,Pasta, Meat dishes all great. Deserts are sinful. Staff is friendly attentive. Doesnt have the "snob factor" of some nearby local favorites. Prices are a little high, but not by neighborhood standards.
Posted by Kathryn Grace on 10/26/2009
Bella Blu continues to deliver the best Italian fare and Seafood on the Upper East Side. Their "Specials" are always incredibly delicious with unique items like "Spagetti Lobster" and "Orata" fish with fennel and cherry tomato is the best in NYC. Their fish is unbeatable. Daily fare also great. Flaws are minor but need attending: Pizzas vary as some come burned. Kitchen also sometimes substitutes ingredients without notice (broccoli for broccoli rabe). The atmosphere is incredible! The staff work together like clockwork thanks to the subtle mastery of Marco Proietti, the Manager, and Gustavo the most efficient bar -tender in NY. This team orchestrates a theatre like atmosphere that is always cheery and upbeat. No customer leaves Bella Blu dissastified. No matter how busy it is Marco gratiously greets you. (It's alwasy busy so you really need to get there early) and personally escorts you to the perfect table. Sadly they won't deliver pizzas or entrees under $26. A risk b/c competitors are aggressively courting the delivery/lunch traffic to draw new customers to their restaurants. Otherwise, a trip to Bella Blue is like a trip to the Mediterranean. The art on the walls is fantastic, the Italian speaking waiters are incredibly informed and gracious, and there is always a sense of excitement upon entry.
Posted by snowgirlsam on 07/12/2008
The place was empty except for one other table when we went in, but it was about 5pm. The fried calamari/shrimp/scallops appetizer was excellent. I had the linguine and clams, which I thought could have had a little more olive oil. My boyfriend had the beef tortellini with ham which was very good. The bread and olive oil with herbs is great and they kept it coming. Overall, I would say the food is great, the prices should have been about $7 less per dish, but this is UES Manhattan, so I kind of expect insane prices. The waiters were very (a little overly) attentive..but my drink was never empty. I would go again.
Posted by Marco on 06/20/2008
The Food is nothing to write home about, the place is loud and the Italian waiters are rude. It's also very expensive. It was my first and last time.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/20/2007
This place is just great. 1) The menu is outstanding. 2) The food was cooked to perfection 3) The atmosphere is great. 4) The service is as good as you will find for a restaurant of this caliber 5) It's reasonably priced. If you're looking for good Italian on the UES then this is the best spot hands down. Enjoy.