Belle Harlem

4.8
349 reviews
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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 within 48 hours are subject to a per person charge of $75. We do not seat incomplete parties. Booked parties that arrive in entirety more than 15 minutes past their reserved time will not be seated and will be charged $75 for each seat booked. 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and food was delicious. This restaurant has an incredibly intimate atmosphere, owners are lovely . This is an experience we will remember and cherish. Highly recommend it.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quaint and delightful ambiance where the closeness to the chef allows you to witness the care and skill to bring each dish alive.

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h
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is fantastic and the service is lovely. A wonderful , unique experience all around. One thing I might suggest is a slightly longer window of time allotted for dinner, maybe 2 hours instead of 1:45? Just so that people don't feel rushed at the end of such a beautiful dinner.

Belle Harlem
Responded on 9 May 2019

Thank you so much! It is quite awkward to remind folk of the 90 minute time limit that generally stretches to 105 minutes but we do try to clearly communicate the limit. If we extend the time we’d have to raise our prices to offset the loss of additional revenue. We are considering offering an extended time with a tasting menu to folk who want to stay longer. Stay tuned!

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated my 25th birthday at Belle, and I would definitely recommend this to place to anyone looking for an intimate Resturant with spectacular food! The service is stellar, as I was greeted by my name upon arrival as well as my guest. It truly felt like Melissa and Chef Darryl genuinely cared about everyone dining with them that night.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible service! The owner who doubles as the waitress was so rude that it made the entire experience unbearable. When I asked her about menu suggestions, she responded with “order what you like”, she did not check in over the course of my meal and when she handed me the dessert menu, she told me she needed my seat so if I wanted to order, then please hurry. The food, while interesting, was mediocre and definitely not worth dealing with this awful service.

Belle Harlem
Responded on 4 May 2019

We communicate that guests have 90 min from the reservation time. By the time you ordered it was well past 15 minutes from your reserved time and we needed your seats again.. It’s undeniably awkward to push folk along who didn’t bother to read the message. I would have explained why I apologetically presented your dessert menu while you were still eating but was told to stop talking. My husband tried too. We don’t want you or anyone who behaves as you did in our space so thanks for sharing.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

I wish I could give a better rating because the food was fantastic, but the service we received has left a really bad taste in my mouth.



We arrived a few minutes early to our reservation, and it’s understandable that we would be told to wait until the table was ready, but our group was immediately confronted with a curt attitude from the hostess/server. Throughout the dinner the server was unpleasant to our group. This all cumulated as we were getting ready to leave, after receiving our check a member of our party requested a refill of her tea and was refused, being told that they were closing and we needed to leave, even though there was a party of 3 still in the middle of their meals. It’s understandable to politely let people know you’re closing down for the night, but to be so curt while there are still other tables eating on top of the rest of the night is unacceptable. I wish I could be able to recommend this place and that the server was just having a rough night, but after our experience last night, I just can't.

Belle Harlem
Responded on 4 May 2019

The person who served you is the co-owner. We were both surprised that you arrived 30 mins before your reservation-not “a few minutes”. Our guests are informed that we allow 90 mins for dinner. As to my wife being curt I will say that as I was offering you my hospitality by asking to clear your plates and you rudely cut me off- twice. I asked that your check be presented with no offer of dessert. I ended your 3 hour visit and said no to your 3rd request for hot water for your one tea bag.

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h
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great food....small fun space, like eating with family

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic! Not feeling heavy after all, full plates. I definitely recommend this place for dates or friends dinner!’ A hidden gem in the city!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place to have dinner! Melissa was a great host! The food was delicious! I can recommend it to other people definitely!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So NY and so cute. Husband and wife own the place and treat you like family. The food is exceptional too.

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SH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service here are ALWAYS beyond reproach. Belle is a true gem in Harlem.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The best experience ever! A cozy atmosphere with the feel of being at home with friends. The chef's were awesome. Food was extraordinary good!! I would definitely recommend this place and will be attending again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite place in Harlem. Amazing food. Go hungry because you’re going to want to order everything! Great wine list and suggestions.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect, as always

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BK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was such a super special culinary experience! Gorgeous, thoughtful new American cuisine with a bit of a nod towards Southern comfort. The space is small and intimate, where you can get up close and personal with the dynamic owners, chef Darryl and his wife Melissa your gracious hostess. This is special occasion food in a casual 12 seat communal-table setting with open kitchen. We adored the Yuzu Lobster Roll and the Chicken & Biscuit. (Oh that truffle honey!) Our pork tenderloin came with a delectable sweet corn fritter that I could eat 7 days a week, three meals a day. Beautiful wine list too!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful gem of a restaurant. The food is flawless and the husband and wife team provide an unforgettable evening. The opportunity to chat with the chef and his wife while eating this caliber of food is so rare. A can’t miss experience delivered
Each and every time. We brought friends tonight who were blown away. Thank you for a wonderful evening again. Every time is a gift.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Always loved Belle Harlem and have recommended it to dozens of people. Haven't been there in about 1 year and decided to show a friend what my favorite spot in Harlem is all about. The food was as amazing as always, but the service was very rushed, as if the woman (assuming the owner) couldn't wait to get us out of there. Place was pretty much empty so im not sure what the rush was about but I most likely wont be returning anytime soon. Props to the chef though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant in Harlem. Hands down.

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VC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. The owners are a delight and their approach to a dining experience is amazing. I highly recommend Belle Harlem for a wonderful dining experience.

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Belle Harlem and the chef/owner Darryl and his wife Melissa are incredible.
You’ll have excellent food, wine, conversation and service!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a hidden gem! The food was extraordinary! Everything we ordered was DELICIOUS!!! The service was exceptional! The owners husband and wife team were friendly and caring. The chef/owner is extremely talented and creative! This was one of the best meals I have had in recent years! I will definitely return to this restaurant!

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i
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great experience! Very unique for NYC. Food was absolutely perfectly prepared. Everything was delicious. The owners were a delight to talk to. Really enjoyed our experience and highly recommend. Definitely worth the trip from Mid-town!

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been coming here since it opened and it is the best restaurant in Harlem

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unique. Go.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience. Too expensive for every day but a great option for a cool night with good friends near home. Totally recommend it.

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NY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Very creative! Great service. Love it!

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappoints! We marvel at how chef Daryl cooks delicious and creative dinners in such an intimate space. With Melissa overseeing the chef's table, we always feel as if we are guests in their home.

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We had a wonderful dining experience at belle harlem. Each dish was cooked fresh right in front of us and each one was more delicious than the last. The owners were friendly and hospitable. We highly recommend it and will be returning soon.

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TN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We came at the recommendation of top-ten listed by open table. My filet mignon was perfect. However my wife was not too impressed with her black sea bass dish which was a little bit too salty to her taste. We both enjoyed the very creative and unique"tyfin" dessert. It was a pleasure being able to chat with both waitress/wife and chief/husband while savoring our plates. One minor negative thing: the seats were not very comfortable; they might need some cushioning.

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NL
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A thrilling dinner in the most intimate surroundings possible. Belle Harlem brings a la carte dining to a chef's table experience, safe in the knowledge that chef is not distracted by the rest of the restaurant. Excellent, imaginative food, and a well- chosen compact menu that suggests the options change regularly to more with the seasons ...and what's good right now.

I first ate here a few weeks ago - we chose nearly everything on the menu, and everything delighted our party of three.

I went back to Belle Harlem earlier this week... Everyone once in a while you have a fabulous experience, but it turns out to be a one dinner wonder. Very happy to say, not Belle Harlem! Another fabulous dinner, which delighted both me and my guest from the UK. And it reminded me that one thing I missed above was to comment on the people behind the restaurant. Chef Darryl Burnette and his partner Melissa are wonderful warm hosts, making for a fabulous evening.

Highly recommended and definitely worth the short ride on the 2 or 3 line from mid town. And if you like jazz, slip into Shrine a few blocks south for 6pm pre-dinner drinks...

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Houston
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As a picky eater I didn’t know what to expect. The place is very personable, I simply loved Belle Harlem. The food is great, and the owners are great people.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hands down my new favorite restaurant in NYC. Delicious doesn’t even begin to cover it. Chef Darryl and Alex cooking, with Melissa running front of the house is the perfect recipe for success. Belle delivers in every way you want - food and vibe. It’s like being in your friend’s kitchen, except with the quality and precision of a Michelin star restaurant.

We had the Mac and Cheese spring rolls and chicken and waffles to start. Filet and pork for main, and finished with the apple tart. Everything was beyond, but if I had to pick my favorites - I’d pick the spring rolls and filet. I actually found myself wanting to lick the plate with the bacon marmalade that accompanies the Mac and Cheese!

Incredible restaurant run by super cool people. I’m already trying to figure out how and when I can go back! If you haven’t been... GO! You will not be disappointed.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect. My favorite restaurant in New York City...and that is saying a lot!!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We loved our experience here! We ate amazing food, drank incredible wine and because the restaurant is so intimate we met new friends. Highly recommend for a memorable experience.

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LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very delightful time with exceptional service. It's an adorable place that felt like I was being served in one's home. We both enjoyed it immensely. I would have liked my food to be a bit more seasoned, other then that, It was absolutely great!!

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DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. The only downside is that your clothes may still smell like the restaurant after you leave. Mine did.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service!!! Very intimate dining experience !!!

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l
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just perfect!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Belle Harlem is always outstanding and one of my MOST favorite places to dine!

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l
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

AMAZING. Food was hands down some of the best we’ve ever eaten. Space is well designed..husband and wife team of Darryl and Melissa made us feel as if we’d been invited to the best dinner party in NYC...interesting conversation, great food and wine! Can’t wait to go again.

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