Belle Harlem

4.8
400 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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Belle is a unique 12-seat a la carte chef’s table in Central Harlem. Our space is not suitable for children. Reservations only accepted for guests aged 16 years and up. We appreciate your commitment when reserving one or more of our 12 seats. Guests who do not cancel by 5pm two days before their reservation are subject to a per person charge of $75. Bookings will not be honored for parties who arrive more than 15 minutes past the reserved time and will be subject to the cancellation policy. We kindly request that you limit your time with us to 90 minutes from your reservation time and purchase a minimum of two small plates or one large plate per person. Chef Darryl and his team will offer an evolving menu in an intimate space with menus based on ingredients sourced locally and, season permitting, from our rooftop garden.
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it!! As always...

TG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect in all ways

AD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great, unique dining experience. Love how intimate it is. Delicious, creative food. We definitely go back.

S
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food in a tiny space. Depending on which seat you get, your actual seating can borderline uncomfortable as it is very packed in. Otherwise superb.

LS
Chicago
176 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A unique experience - we enjoyed watching the chefs work next to us with minimal equipment. Each item was carefully prepared and beautifully presented - Mac& cheese spring rolls, lobster salad, game hen with Spaetzle and corn, wagyu beef. Desert was triflin ho ho and tropic like it’s hot both yummy. The bottle of Montrachet was a good value for the 3 of us to share.

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, staff and wine!!! Incredible place not to miss

SD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful small restaurant with 12 seats; excellent food & service

K
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible! Food, service, ambience. Such a unique and delicious experience. Highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a find! Belle Harlem is the kind of restaurant all New Yorkers dream of finding and telling their friends about. Chef Darryl and hostess extraordinare Melissa make this a warm gathering of personal friends, not just diners - and indeed, many of the diners seem to have become their personal friends! It’s beyond astonishing what Darryl does with two tiny electric hot plates but believe it - this is high quality cuisine. And wonderful wines. Go and have a marvelous evening!!

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service, dining experience, loved the intimacy. "Rules" irrelevant. Wine list could use expansion.

CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great experience with wonderful owners!

U
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A bit like being at a very fine sushi restaurant. See everything, meticulous preparation, presentation, all expeditiously done in a tight efficient space. Beautifully choreographed food prep dance, and delicious!

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal , service and experience .. great to watch Chef Darryl cook while I was taken care of by his lovely wife Melissa . And a special thanks to Alex, the sous-chef! Excellent and modern Lobster Salad with a fine wine selection to compliment . Always fun to chat with the other guests and watch the meal preparations. My new favorite hang-out in Harlem .

KC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Intimate and delicious - perfect Friday night date!

TP
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent food! A new experience!
We are neighbors

DP
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This has to be one of the most unique and very special dining experiences in NYC right now. With space for 12 guests, eating here is almost like a private dinner party with very convivial hosts and food that is interesting and delicious. This is a jewel that all New Yorkers who care about independent chefs and owner proprietors should support.

R
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A tiny jewel box tucked between a hair salon and defunct deli on Harlem's Adam Clayton Jr. Blvd., Belle Harlem is itself a little gem. The narrow space only allows for seating at the counter, but in exchange you can see the food as it's prepared in the open kitchen and interact with the staff of three. This is not a place where you can linger over your meal. Because the owners--the chef and his business partner wife--have to squeeze in multiple seatings to make ends meet, you're expected to arrive on time and finish 90 minutes later. But the food is delicious, if a little pricey considering the restaurant's limitations, and well worth making a trip for.

KK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding all around. Melissa provided great service, the food was really swell, everyone there seemed to be having a great time, we certainly did. I can't wait to go back!

VE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Eating at Belle is a real Chef's Table kind of experience. You are truly gathered at a kitchen island, chatting with the chef, his wife, and the sous chef as they prepare and serve your food. The food is creative, with unusual combinations and textures. It's a focused menu, with perhaps four small and four large plates, so check out the menu before you book to make sure their style will suit you. The atmosphere is relaxed and cordial. Note the seating is on stools and for quite a few seats you are advised to sit sideways. As with the food, make sure this will suit you before you book.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is just superb. And the ambiance is like dining with a large group of friends. Chef Darryl’ is so talented and Melissa is the best hostess.

NH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is amazing!!!

P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten at Belle Harlem 4 times. The food is always extremely tasty!!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of our favorite NYC places. Great food and a great story

FV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always we had an awesome time!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, fun small intimate space. Attentive service. Highly recommend!

GV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Dined last evening at Belle Harlem. The NYT review was spot on. We shared two small plates (appetizers) of Chicken and Waffles and Lobster Salad. Both were very good although I wasn’t impressed with the waffle part ( it was more cookie than waffle) but the Lobster Salad was outstanding. Large plates (entrees) of
Black Sea Bass with pasta and Hannibal Lecter beans 😉was expertly prepared. Duck breast very good, ably supported by the foie gras gravy and podium worthy but not a gold medal as was Legacy Records.A shared dessert of Lemony Tricket was a tasty treat highlighted by succulent fresh strawberries. A glass of Cab and Riesling served as an appropriate belly wash. Overall a good meal but downtown prices of $208 for 2. An interesting experience. Frankly the place is not comfortable physically. Really tough to enjoy a regulated 90 minute dinner sitting side saddle at a communal counter in a really small place listening to Melissa singing to her playlist. So do visit as a single or couple.

GVA recommends and awards 3 of 5 Skillets.
🍳 🍳 🍳

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a gem. I highly recommend.

S
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food is really delicious--and pricey...especially dessert, which we found to be both really small and overpriced. The close quarters are close but nice. It is really, really warm, though (to be fair, we were there during the heatwave). We definitely enjoyed our meal and look forward to returning.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The owners are amazing; Kind and attentive. The food is delicious. The space is intimate and charming. Highly recommend

a
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

What IS the fuss about? Not a particularly friendly place, even given its small size. Expected the chef to be more available, but he was not into talking, busy, and certainly dressed as if in his apartment, not his restaurant. Go early, and you are pressured to eat and leave [as expected, just it was bluntly "time to go"]. Want a different kind of wine? Not if the owner/chef's wife doesn't like it [or your asking]. Selection is understandably limited given the shoe box size of the place, but the food is fine. Fun to go to a different section of Manhattan ... yet is it worth the trip?

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is truly refreshing to see someone put so much love and effort into each and every dish. The small intimate setting blends perfectly with each succulent dish. It was definitely a pleasure dining here. Looking forward to my next visit.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great service and food. Exterior is not special, but inside is cool, clean, modern and relaxing. Only hitch is the time to dine and chat is small and I couldn’t finish my 1 glass of wine before it was time to really leave. The site mentions the time limit, but a nice time passes quickly. As such it’s more of a eating place to appreciate the food, which is good. It’s also dining room table shared space so it’s really intimate setting, but impressive and fun.

SB
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Tiny little restaurant with one community table and 12 seats. well designed......like eating at a chef's table. Outstanding food!!! mac and cheese spring rolls to die for! Black Bass on bed of fettuccine just wonderful. Service is great. Wine list is small, well curated, pretty broad and very affordable. Pricing (service is included) is very decent for NYC. A must go to!

JP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful!

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MC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious, uniquely prepared food. Everything we tried was fantastic: lobster salad, filet mignon, brussel sprouts, wine. Super friendly service. We will be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been going to Belle since about the time it opened.
Always a great culinary experience. The flavors and textures they come up with are fantastic, and while I frequently order what they recommend, I don’t know anyone who’s ever been disappointed with any dish they’ve ordered.

Excellent wine list as well, and they’re very good at recommending pairings.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience!
Service was great, the food was better!
My family and I returned to Belle Harlem the following day.
Just wonderful!

AL
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place to eat great food. From the friendly smiles and great vibe, you cannot go wrong. One of New York's best spots bar none.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent all around service and food!!!
Inclusive attention, music, and atmosphere

b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food! Great space! Great service! Loved it and would go back!

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