Bell Book & Candle

New American Restaurant and Bar$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • Eater
    EaterOctober 30, 2013
    The space seats two to six people and features naked lady wallpaper, exposed brick, high ceilings, and a big chandelier. There's no chance you'll sit here as a walk-in, but you can reserve the room.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkSeptember 27, 2011
    Every Tuesday, executive chef John Mooney serves a special entree of crispy soft-shell crab with basil and fennel — grown in his aeroponic rooftop garden — along with grapefruit and hazelnuts.
  • Elsa H.
    Elsa HOctober 9, 2015
    Oysters all night long! Delicious and $1 only. Love the vibe of this place, and West Village in general. Read some poems on the wall while you're at it :)
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 29, 2013
    For a Halloween buzz, grab the Day of the Dead. Mezcal, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth and Mexican mole bitters make up this Manhattan. Shaved dark chocolate floats on top for an added treat. $14.
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle ElliotNovember 12, 2015
    Great spot for a glass of wine, or wine and appetizers. We went in around 5:30 and had no problem getting a table - but the bar area was already full, per usual.
  • Metromix
    MetromixMarch 2, 2011
    A carbon-footprint-less cache of herb and vegetable dishes: try the frisée–and-fennel salad w/warm pork belly & apple or the Gin & Tonic wild salmon w/caramelized cauliflower & lime emulsion. Read more
  • Masha K.
    Masha KacedanAugust 18
    Really good food menu, and happy hour oysters. However the cocktails are overprice (around $14). T all drinks are free and the technics used are not very modern (muddle old-fashioned)
  • Stribling & Associates
    Call well in advance to reserve the Naked Lady Room, a private dining room behind a fake wall. With space for up to 6 people, it features exposed brick, a big chandelier & naked lady wallpaper.
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CMarch 9, 2015
    Down a few steps resides this cozy yet spacious restaurant, where you'll dine on seasonal, local dishes like roasted chicken and the restaurant's signature burger.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 4, 2013
    Seasonal and local cooking with an emphasis on good produce. We're big fans of the vegetarian French onion soup.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.June 5, 2014
    Recommended by my friend Sophia R., who lives in the neighborhood and would certainly know. She says "It's the only place in the Village that hasn't been discovered yet."
  • Princess Abigail B.
    Princess Abigail BacaniJanuary 23, 2013
    On Valentines Day, ask for The Naked Lady Room, a sexy secret room behind a fake wall right off the bar in the main dining room. The secluded table seats 2-6 and features naked lady wallpaper.
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HApril 26, 2013
    Cozy digs. Homemade buratta and the clams made excellent snacks. Order the salmon over charred cauliflower medium rare
  • Dan E.
    Dan EJanuary 7
    Been here 10+ times
    Charming, cozy hideaway for a low-key cocktail or a quiet-ish dinner through the winter months. Great bartenders.
  • Keith M.
    Keith McKenzieJanuary 21, 2015
    Try to snag the back (and fairly well hidden) room if it's available if you have a small group of friends.
  • Ilia M.
    Ilia MMay 9, 2014
    Fun place. Comfortable booths for groups of various sizes. A bit loud, but pretty tasty and overall pretty good.
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PortMarch 25, 2014
    Best grilled cheese I've ever had in my life, and I've had my FAIR share of grilled cheeses. I would eat here every week if I was closer.
  • Anna S.
    Do try their bean dip (add the chorizo of course!) $1 oysters and cocktails are a must here!
  • Jeremy J.
    Jeremy JacobowitzOctober 8, 2014
    Really interesting cocktails and nice beer selection. Good for dates! Never felt too crowded, but had a good crowd.
  • Jason H.
    Jason HirschhornNovember 18, 2011
    Great food. Try fresh baked pretzels. Grilled veggies. Short ribs. And the the place is filled with beautiful women.
  • Emiliy M.
    Emiliy MarinoSeptember 11, 2014
    Hard to see from the street, but it's downstairs and the sign is small. Don't miss it!
  • Irma Z.
    Irma ZandlSeptember 20, 2014
    FUN happy hour spot. Great charcuterie and cheese platters and good wine list.
  • Jessica V.
    Jessica VaughnJanuary 7, 2011
    Delicious meal. Try the pop corn panna cotta for dessert. Sounds a little strange, but its perfect. Light and not too sweet.
  • Jennifer E.
    Jennifer EastonJuly 9, 2011
    Try the chicken with asparagus and top it off with it's homemade root beer float, they're amazing!
  • Clayton S.
    Clayton SchmidtApril 2, 2011
    Booths are great. Steak is small Get the pretzels monkfish or chicken and peanut butter ice cream sandwich.
  • Cara M.
    Cara MocciaJuly 4, 2013
    You can get the Grilled Lamb Chops as an Entree... They're huge!
  • Joe A.
    Joe AndreasenAugust 4, 2013
    The Surf and Turf. The special everywhere Saturday Night.
  • Colleen H.
    Colleen HofmannJune 14, 2012
    The ambiance here is fabulous. Try the fried oysters and the house-made burrata!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DempseyOctober 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Phil the heat. Also happy hour M-F with $1 oysters and $2 off cocktails.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinSeptember 28, 2014
    Decent cocktails, cozy for a table, upbeat for a bar, best of both worlds
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MastroianniDecember 9, 2010
    Here on opening night and the chilie is superb, steak tar tar is a must-share and ambience is fabulous
  • Vino50: Grape American Road Trip
    Try the Grilled Cheese Sandwich - With raclete cheese, truffle oil and farm fresh egg. Whoa.
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffFebruary 9
    Went with the burrata then hanger steak. Good service. Left very pleased.
  • Amanda
    AmandaSeptember 17, 2011
    Good atmosphere. Good (and fresh) food. Try the halibut and steak tartare.
  • Alice H.
    Alice HennessyNovember 22, 2012
    Best brown bag apple pie I have ever had! Definitely recommend it!
  • Meng H.
    Meng HeJuly 6, 2012
    Shhh...call ahead to reserve a seat in the Naked Lady Room behind a fake wall at the end of the bar
  • Aarthi D.
    Aarthi D.August 16, 2013
    House white is pretty good but the standout is the moscato. Not too sweet but not too dry.
  • Berner
    BernerSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    $1 oysters at the bar 24/7. Stay after 2pm and you're in or a solid dance party
  • Jess S.
    Jess SSeptember 3, 2011
    Food is inconsistent, but great bar. Points for most produce sourced from their rooftop garden.
  • Jenni G.
    Jenni GrahamJuly 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The crispy roasted jalapeño deviled eggs are addicting!
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan MoroJuly 18, 2015
    Chicken was good. Tuna tartar and the Chocolate brownie.
  • Valentina D.
    Valentina De CarloAugust 6, 2015
    Nice location, kind personnel, excellent food
  • Craig W.
    Craig WilsonApril 6, 2013
    Phenomenal happy hour. 1 dollar oysters, 8 cocktails, 4 beers.. Killing it
  • Denise H.
    Denise HJune 20
    They grow food on the roof! That's so cool - and delicious.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh HarringtonAugust 10, 2014
    They have a basil watermelon cocktail that's delicious. Prefer it for drinks. Dinner was good but the drinks are better.
  • Alma A.
    Alma A.June 25, 2011
    Ask for the private room. It will give remedy the volume at the bar. It's also very cozy.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CarterApril 21, 2013
    Salmon was perfectly cooked, fries are awesome.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MassoAugust 27, 2015
    Cozy, quiet, great drinks
  • Vino50: Grape American Road Trip
    Try the Beau Soleil oysters on the half-shell - 36 down and counting.....
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SoloveMarch 2, 2012
    So expensive. $9-$11 for a pint of one of their nothing-special draft beers. Food smelled awesome though.
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