Restaurants, Italian Midtown East
The nearly private banquettes in this sedate peach-colored room would provide a nice huddle for midtown deal makers or illicit lovers—or anyone else who’s here for a reason other than the food. Appetizers and pastas can be pleasing, including the jumbo seared scallops basking in a brandied saffron sauce. But soggy bruschetta reeked of raw garlic; the chicken Montebello was a pallid paillard; and a special of striped bass was merely swiped with tomato sauce and dotted with a few chewy clams. Offerings from the rolling dessert cart were unremarkable.


Venue name: Montebello
Address: 120 E 56th St
New York
Cross street: between Park and Lexington Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 11:30am–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: N, R, W to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St
Price: Average main course: $21. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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