Belle Harlem

4.7
376 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • 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. 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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FV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always we had an awesome time!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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GV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.
🍳 🍳 🍳

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a gem. I highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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a
New York Area
28 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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb services with a very efficient and friendly team!

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SM
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is what it means to live and to eat. This is not just great food, this is what all restaurants should aspire to be. Not food just to fill your belly but food to fill your soul. Wife and I went here for our anniversary, menu... amazing. Wish I had a place like this in my neck of the woods. If you are serious about food and actually experiencing it, the answer is simple.

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f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants in New York City!! I have literally tried everything on the menu and have never been disappointed. As a self proclaimed global food connoisseur, I can say with confidence that if you are a lover of great flavourful food of a superior quality, in an intimate setting, look no further.

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JP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was absolutely wonderful. They treated me like a king!

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a
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent foodie experience. Great vibe.

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AG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is for me the coolest place in New York City. It is a small place (15 people), you watch the chief doing is stuff and you can chat with him. The food is delicious and well done. Not sure if there is any other place like this in NYC. If you want to go away from the mainstream and have something special - thats the place you need to go. pS Some might think "It is Harlem" - yes it is and thats what it makes so cool also (and for tourists - it is safe).

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner at Belle Harlem. The food was outstanding. Creative combinations that tasted great.

The setting is intimate and the owners were attentive, informative and very friendly.

Highly recommend taking the trip to Harlem to partake in this wonderful dining experience.

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EF
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A gem discovered on a recent trip to NYC. Amazing food and great people!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The great food and awesome service only added to the unique dining experience. One of a kind. We will definitely go back again.

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in all of NY. Of course the food is beyond delicious and amazing every single time. But what really makes the place is the inclusive and familial environment the owner, his wife and chef create. They make every time I come spectacular, remember my name and are a staple of Harlem’s culture and love.

Recently, I was there and there were two patrons who were determined to paint the owner’s wife in a horrible light. She remained poised, professional and made us feel like no matter what the disturbance from the other patrons would not impact the ambiance of the experience.

If you’re looking for exceptional food, a chef’s table experience and to feel the heartbeat of Harlem — come by; hopefully I’ll be in the chair next to you 😉👍🏾💚

Belle Harlem
Responded on 4 June 2019

We thank you so very much for your support and taking the time to review your experiences with us! We appreciate you and are honored to be your place to celebrate the happy times and break bread with your friends and family! Guests like you make our jobs more like fun than work. Thank you Britni! Chef Darryl, Melissa and Chef Alex

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IR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
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
5 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
3 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
9 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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RP
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazingly delicious, cozy, friendly, memorable with blend of tastes, aromas and superb dishes!

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