Belle Harlem

4.9
315 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Belle is a unique 12-seat a la carte chef’s table in Central Harlem. Our space is not suitable for small children. 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 so that our other guests can enjoy our cuisine and hospitality. Chef Darryl and his team will offer an evolving menu in an intimate space. The menus will be based on locally sourced ingredients and will change frequently.
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LE
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
2 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 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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l
26 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just perfect!

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OT
8 reviews
Dined on 27 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
16 reviews
Dined on 26 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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l
27 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

always a wonderful evening. food, wine, ambience and service. great music always!

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A
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience! The food was par excellence and I loved the host(Adrissa) and chef(Alex) they were so engaging! Trying to figure out if I could get 12 friends together and have a private dinner party’s!

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KL
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Belle has been on my radar for some time. I was intimidated to walk in, but once I was in I realized there was nothing to be intimidated about. The staff is all warm, inviting, and charismatic. The chicken and waffles were INSANELY delicious. The best part was probably the banana truffle syrup. Yum. The radicchio salad was warm and nice. The hoho was good too. The specialty drink was underwhelming and over priced. The menu is limiting, more so if you dont eat pork. If they had more options and better drinks I would definitely give it 5 stars.

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M
47 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It has been almost two weeks since we had another dinner at Belle Harlem, but the memory of the meal is still bright. This food is nutrition to the max (freshest ingredients, cleanest kitchen, honest preparation), but it is also a soul-satisfying experience. Our starters were shaved Brussels sprouts and rose (yes, pink!) radicchio, followed by black sea bass and chicken (I heard my companion whisper, "Best chicken I've ever had!"). Ordinarily we skip dessert, but we had to order Beign-yaaas, a little mouth-trip to New Orleans. The true beauty of the meal is leaving feeling sated, and waking up the next day with the same feeling of wellbeing.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food. Interesting set up. An enjoyable experience.

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PL
13 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Belle Harlem is amazing. The food was fantastic as was the service. The space is both cozy and cool. It’s a lot of fun to watch Chef Darryl and the team cooking while you’re having an amazing meal and visiting with friends. Kind of like hanging out in a fabulous kitchen in someone’s home. Worth the price for a wonderful meal and unique experience.

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VW
28 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Honestly a delicious and wonderful experience every single time. Special in that you feel you are sitting in the chef Daryl’s kitchen at his kitchen table while he cooks for you. Food is always spot on, service very attentive and friendly and the experience is intimate and special. Chef has a great twist on comfort food. A sure thing.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Belle Harlem is a NYC gem. Special place with excellent food and great service and warmth.

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D
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've lived in NYC for 6 years, lived all over the city, and this is my favorite restaurant. Daryl and Melissa are amazing owners of this Harlem gem. They both are extremely friendly, and every time we have eaten at Belle, they have gone out of their way to connect with us and ensure we have a fantastic time. Their staff is also extremely friendly, hospitable, and know how to make a meal memorable. The food has always been mouthwatering, and somehow tastes even better because it is made right in front of your face from scratch, in a kitchen so small that it defies what should be possible in such a small space. Definitely dinner and a show. While it's not cheap, it's worth what you pay, and it feels good to know that they take care of the staff well enough that gratuity is included in all prices. Hope they succeed and scale their success!

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MG
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a treat to dine at Belle! They are welcoming and up and we always feel as if we’ve just been to an intimate dinner party at a friends house...a friend that really knows how to cook!

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CV
5 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Terrific, friendly, and warm experience for our date night! Great food and service-thank you, Daryl and Melissa!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous place. Great food, fun to be able to see it prepared right in front of you. Everything was absolutely delicious. Will be back.

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h
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food. Fun to watch the chef. Really good service.

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NY
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food in an intimate setting! Everything is cooked to perfection right in front of you.

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CR
8 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chef Daryl never disappoints. This restaurant is a gem. Service is super friendly and the cozy atmosphere!!

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AW
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the best time. I'll def be recommending to friends.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a hidden gem in Harlem! Not only do you get the experience of watching the chef prepare your dishes in this quaint & cozy 12 seat restaurant, but the food & service are phenomenal!

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BC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a warm ambiance with an amazing, innovative menu and great customer service.

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AK
24 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best place i have been in NY this year, terrific food, better service and everything that you need to feel in a restaurant but at your home!
Highly recommended

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome intimate dining experience.

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c
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This must have been our 4th or 5th time and there's a reason we keep coming back to Belle. It's such a unique experience and the food is ALWAYS delicious. There are items we have to get every time and there are new things we try as the menu keeps changing. It's really a special place we've been meaning to share with friends but really want to keep the secret for ourselves.

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OT
8 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely the best dining experience I’ve had in quite sometime!! A wonderful up close opportunity to share the cuisine experience with Chefs preparing your meal to order right in front of you. I could have eaten an entire bowl of the brussel sprouts and the homemade sausage was delicious. My friend and I “fought” over the corn croquette. Just amazing all the way around. And to top the night off everyone sang happy birthday to me. Thank you for a special time!!

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MS
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastico!

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DT
22 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is a very small place which is good and bad. Good is the ambiance, apps, service, and conversation with owner and chef. Not so good were the entrees (my meat was over cooked) and we left with “kitchen smoke” on our clothes.

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l
27 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

always delicious. always a special evening when eating there.

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RH
7 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is amazing with layers of flavors and do not miss the desserts as they continue the adventure. The chef and ambience are intimate and exceptional. You will feel like you have your own private professional chef in your home. Don't miss this culinary treat!

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R
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely stellar, and a treat to watch. Taken care of at every turn, and would recommend to any/everyone.

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R
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’m referring friends already. What else do I need to say! Thank you!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kudos to the owners/staff of Belle Harlem. This was one of the best dining experiences that I have ever had. The food, ambiance, other diners, service, and setting was the perfect formula for an exceptional evening out. By the end of the night, I felt as though I had been graciously welcomed to sit around the island in someone’s home. Darryl and Melissa have an authenticity about themselves that is translated through the food they and Chef Alex prepare and serve.

I was in New York to see Alvin Ailey. I thought that would be the highlight of my day. However, dining at Belle Harlem was the ultimate culmination to a fantastic time in New York. Darryl, Melissa, Alex, and the young lady on staff, thank you for everything.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding experience. One of the best meals I’ve ever had in New York. We will be back very soon.

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MJ
7 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a lovely experience! It's small but you get an awesome meal while watching the kitchen from the counter seating. We loved the concept and will definitely be back!

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MT
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food superb, fresh ingredients, chef friendly and eager to describe the ingredients and preparation of food items.

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SK
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This place is a great little gem! Truly worth a visit. It’s small and you sit at a bar to be served along with the other patrons of the restaurant. It’s an intimate space and despite sharing a space with others, still very easy to be intimate between just two people. Don’t come here expecting white glove service. Come expecting to be treated like a guest in someone’s home. You won’t be disappointed.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Belle Harlem is a unique experience where you're seated in the kitchen with the chef. The food was outstanding and I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting NYC.

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