Il Nido Restaurant

★★☆☆☆

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I love Italian food and my boyfriend took me to this place. It was busy, yet romantic and the food was excellent. We were seated promptly and the service was friendly and efficient. I did find it to be a bit pricey, but the quality of the food, the ambiance and the service were well worth it. I recommend this place to anyone who would like to celebrate a special occasion and wants an overall pleasant experience.

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★★★★☆

I love Italian food and my boyfriend took me to this place. It was busy, yet romantic and the food was excellent. We were seated promptly and the service was friendly and efficient. I did find it to be a bit pricey, but the quality of the food, the ambiance and the service were well worth it. I recommend this place to anyone who would like to celebrate a special occasion and wants an overall pleasant experience.

Pros: Great food and service

Cons: Pricey

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Last Saturday nite me and my boyfriend decided we were in the mood for some Italian food and so we went to this place on East 53nd Street called Il Nido. We usually eat our Italian food at Olive Garden so we were in for a real shock at Il Nido. First of all we could not completely understand the menu as written. But we had this wonderful Italian gentlemen named Emilio who was real helpful in explaining anything we had a problem with. First was the wine. Emilio thought we should have a bottle but the cheapest one cost more money than we had so we settled on a glass of Chianti Emilio recommended that cost $12 a glass. It was very good even if they don't fill the glass all the way up. Wish we could have afforded more. Next we had to decide on what we would eat and Emilio helped us out and we ended up with a veal dish called veal piccata and a side plate of spaghetti and tomato sauce. It was all real good. We would of had dessert but we had already used up all the money we had on us, so we just told Emilio we were already full and could not deal with the extra calories of a dessert. Emilio treated us real nice, just like the other people there who were spending a lot more money than us. He talks with an Italian accent that's real cool. We would go back there anytime that we can save up enough money to have a special meal that's like going to Italy without the airfare.

Rhonda from New Jersey

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★★★★★

Last Saturday nite me and my boyfriend decided we were in the mood for some Italian food and so we went to this place on East 53nd Street called Il Nido. We usually eat our Italian food at Olive Garden so we were in for a real shock at Il Nido. First of all we could not completely understand the menu as written. But we had this wonderful Italian gentlemen named Emilio who was real helpful in explaining anything we had a problem with. First was the wine. Emilio thought we should have a bottle but the cheapest one cost more money than we had so we settled on a glass of Chianti Emilio recommended that cost $12 a glass. It was very good even if they don't fill the glass all the way up. Wish we could have afforded more. Next we had to decide on what we would eat and Emilio helped us out and we ended up with a veal dish called veal piccata and a side plate of spaghetti and tomato sauce. It was all real good. We would of had dessert but we had already used up all the money we had on us, so we just told Emilio we were already full and could not deal with the extra calories of a dessert. Emilio treated us real nice, just like the other people there who were spending a lot more money than us. He talks with an Italian accent that's real cool. We would go back there anytime that we can save up enough money to have a special meal that's like going to Italy without the airfare.

Rhonda from New Jersey

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WORST EXPERIENCE EVER! HORRIBLE STAFF AND HORRIBLE MANAGER, EMILIO! NEVER GO BACK THERE AGAIN. WILL SPREAD THE WORD! OVERPRICED AND FOOD WAS HORRIBLE. BUT THE RUDENESS AND THE JERKINESS OF THE STAFF LEFT ME SPEECHLESS!!!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

WORST EXPERIENCE EVER! HORRIBLE STAFF AND HORRIBLE MANAGER, EMILIO! NEVER GO BACK THERE AGAIN. WILL SPREAD THE WORD! OVERPRICED AND FOOD WAS HORRIBLE. BUT THE RUDENESS AND THE JERKINESS OF THE STAFF LEFT ME SPEECHLESS!!!!!!!!!

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I went to this place in my neighbourhood with my boyfriend and a friend of the family at 9.30pm - for NY a decent dinner time. Though we were seated, the whole atmosphere was rather in the style of a big rush ("eat fast, spend a lot of money, and get out")! Wait staff was uncompetent (or unwilling) and could not tell us much about the 'cheaper' Chianti - 'cheaper' meaning '60$'. You don't expect this in restaurant where you spend 230$ for the basics of an Italian dinner (we only had entree, wine, and dessert) This experience will remain in my memory - unfortunately as one of the most unpleasant restaurant experiences in NY.

1
★★☆☆☆

I went to this place in my neighbourhood with my boyfriend and a friend of the family at 9.30pm - for NY a decent dinner time. Though we were seated, the whole atmosphere was rather in the style of a big rush ("eat fast, spend a lot of money, and get out")! Wait staff was uncompetent (or unwilling) and could not tell us much about the 'cheaper' Chianti - 'cheaper' meaning '60$'. You don't expect this in restaurant where you spend 230$ for the basics of an Italian dinner (we only had entree, wine, and dessert) This experience will remain in my memory - unfortunately as one of the most unpleasant restaurant experiences in NY.

Pros: portions are OK

Cons: atmosphere, service

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I just had dinner here tonight, I'm not sure what so great about this place. The food was bland, there's no distinguished taste to the fish nor the pasta that I had. The service wasn't all that great, I had some snotty Italian waiter who thinks he's the wine expert and recommended us a few top line wine. It's a waste of money, I think I can have a better meal at a no name mom & pop restaurant and pay a fraction of the bill.

1
★★☆☆☆

I just had dinner here tonight, I'm not sure what so great about this place. The food was bland, there's no distinguished taste to the fish nor the pasta that I had. The service wasn't all that great, I had some snotty Italian waiter who thinks he's the wine expert and recommended us a few top line wine. It's a waste of money, I think I can have a better meal at a no name mom & pop restaurant and pay a fraction of the bill.

Pros: wine

Cons: food, service

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Monstrously over priced and with attituded to boot. We went with a big party of 9 and tried numerous dishes--all basic, bland and way too expensive. The ceaser salad we ordered was old, limp and yellowed. Waiters are snooty and snubb you over and over. We couldn't wait to get out of there. For an Italian NY experience there are so many great places with better atmosphere, MUCH better food, for half the price and twice the experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

Monstrously over priced and with attituded to boot. We went with a big party of 9 and tried numerous dishes--all basic, bland and way too expensive. The ceaser salad we ordered was old, limp and yellowed. Waiters are snooty and snubb you over and over. We couldn't wait to get out of there. For an Italian NY experience there are so many great places with better atmosphere, MUCH better food, for half the price and twice the experience.

Pros: none

Cons: inedible food, snooty staff, totally overpriced

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The only thing we were able to digest was the wine. Food so unedible we HAD to ask to take it back. They returned in a minute...as though they had zapped it in the microwave for a minute! We asked them just to take they plates away we couldn't eat them. Starving still, we asked for the desert menu. I ordered icecream. Apparrently they make the waffle part which they serve the icecream on in a pan in the kitchen. My waffle tasted like ONION! The pan had not been properly cleaned and the smell and taste transfered to the waffle cone. The icecream melted on the cone and tasted like onion also.. Vanilla Onion flavor! We were starving afterwards and spent like $114 dollars each on food that was not edible!

0
★☆☆☆☆

The only thing we were able to digest was the wine. Food so unedible we HAD to ask to take it back. They returned in a minute...as though they had zapped it in the microwave for a minute! We asked them just to take they plates away we couldn't eat them. Starving still, we asked for the desert menu. I ordered icecream. Apparrently they make the waffle part which they serve the icecream on in a pan in the kitchen. My waffle tasted like ONION! The pan had not been properly cleaned and the smell and taste transfered to the waffle cone. The icecream melted on the cone and tasted like onion also.. Vanilla Onion flavor! We were starving afterwards and spent like $114 dollars each on food that was not edible!

Pros: Wine, Empty, Quiet

Cons: DISGUSTING FOOD, EXPENSIVE, CLUELESS

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While I am more than willing to pay a little more for a phenomenal experience, I found Il Nido to be not worth the cost. The wine list is extensive, and expensive. The servers try to upsell everything, pointing out their "favorites" as the most expensive dishes and bottles of wine available. The pasta is very good, though nothing extraordinary. The meat and chicken entrees left much to be desired. All told, I am not likely to return. There are plenty of better Italian restaurants in Manhattan.

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★★★☆☆

While I am more than willing to pay a little more for a phenomenal experience, I found Il Nido to be not worth the cost. The wine list is extensive, and expensive. The servers try to upsell everything, pointing out their "favorites" as the most expensive dishes and bottles of wine available. The pasta is very good, though nothing extraordinary. The meat and chicken entrees left much to be desired. All told, I am not likely to return. There are plenty of better Italian restaurants in Manhattan.

Pros: pasta

Cons: Expense, Entrees

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We split the Eggplant Parmigiana for our appetizer and the Three Pasta Special as a first course. We had a veal dish and the red snapper for our entrees, Italian Cheesecake and Pistachio Gelati for dessert. Everything was absolutely delicious. The service was great.

2
★★★★★

We split the Eggplant Parmigiana for our appetizer and the Three Pasta Special as a first course. We had a veal dish and the red snapper for our entrees, Italian Cheesecake and Pistachio Gelati for dessert. Everything was absolutely delicious. The service was great.

Pros: great food, interesting menu, nice decor

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The past two times I have been to the restaurant it has been utter dissappointment. The waiters are beyond unfriendly and the food is way average. Better off at Nino's down the street.

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★☆☆☆☆

The past two times I have been to the restaurant it has been utter dissappointment. The waiters are beyond unfriendly and the food is way average. Better off at Nino's down the street.

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If you're looking for bang for your buck, don't expect to be blown away by the $24 spaghetti with tomato sauce (no meat). We had to ask for water three times and then I was told I had insulted the kitchen when I asked for parmesan on my pasta. Even if you can tolerate snooty service, there are plenty of better-priced places with comparable Italian food in the neighborhood. Ambience is nice and they do the prepare-food-at-your-table gimmick.

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★★☆☆☆

If you're looking for bang for your buck, don't expect to be blown away by the $24 spaghetti with tomato sauce (no meat). We had to ask for water three times and then I was told I had insulted the kitchen when I asked for parmesan on my pasta. Even if you can tolerate snooty service, there are plenty of better-priced places with comparable Italian food in the neighborhood. Ambience is nice and they do the prepare-food-at-your-table gimmick.

Pros: ambience, presentation, Friendly maitre d

Cons: Poor value, Snooty waitstaff, Expensive

 

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