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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Dan E.
    Dan EJanuary 7
    Charming, cozy hideaway for a low-key cocktail or a quiet-ish dinner through the winter months. Great bartenders.
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HApril 26, 2013
    Cozy digs. Homemade buratta and the clams made excellent snacks. Order the salmon over charred cauliflower medium rare
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clayton S.
    Clayton SchmidtApril 2, 2011
    Booths are great. Steak is small Get the pretzels monkfish or chicken and peanut butter ice cream sandwich.
  • Anna S.
    Do try their bean dip (add the chorizo of course!) $1 oysters and cocktails are a must here!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Irma Z.
    Irma ZandlSeptember 20, 2014
    FUN happy hour spot. Great charcuterie and cheese platters and good wine list.
  • Jess S.
    Jess SSeptember 3, 2011
    Food is inconsistent, but great bar. Points for most produce sourced from their rooftop garden.
  • 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
    Phil the heat. Also happy hour M-F with $1 oysters and $2 off cocktails.
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffFebruary 9
    Went with the burrata then hanger steak. Good service. Left very pleased.
  • Joe A.
    Joe AndreasenAugust 4, 2013
    The Surf and Turf. The special everywhere Saturday Night.
  • Amanda
    AmandaSeptember 17, 2011
    Good atmosphere. Good (and fresh) food. Try the halibut and steak tartare.
  • 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.
  • Cara M.
    Cara MocciaJuly 4, 2013
    You can get the Grilled Lamb Chops as an Entree... They're huge!
  • 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
  • Charles B.
    Charles BFebruary 24, 2012
    Good drinks and the vibe is solid. Food mediocre at best. Better options in this hood.
  • Alice H.
    Alice HennessyNovember 22, 2012
    Best brown bag apple pie I have ever had! Definitely recommend it!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinSeptember 28, 2014
    Decent cocktails, cozy for a table, upbeat for a bar, best of both worlds
  • 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.
  • Vino50: Grape American Road Trip
    Try the Grilled Cheese Sandwich - With raclete cheese, truffle oil and farm fresh egg. Whoa.
  • Berner
    BernerSeptember 25, 2011
    $1 oysters at the bar 24/7. Stay after 2pm and you're in or a solid dance party
  • jared z.
    jared zlotnickJanuary 9, 2011
    Come during off hours to tour the roof garden!
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan MoroJuly 18, 2015
    Chicken was good. Tuna tartar and the Chocolate brownie.
  • Craig W.
    Craig WilsonApril 6, 2013
    Phenomenal happy hour. 1 dollar oysters, 8 cocktails, 4 beers.. Killing it
  • Brooke H.
    Brooke HammerlingAugust 17, 2011
    Just go and sit at bar as vibe and service both rock.
  • Valentina D.
    Valentina De CarloAugust 6, 2015
    Nice location, kind personnel, excellent food
  • Denise H.
    Denise HJune 20
    They grow food on the roof! That's so cool - and delicious.
  • Cathy L.
    Cathy LewisDecember 6, 2011
    Please don't try and use the American Express $10 off. The owner will not honor it. It's BOGUS!!!!!
  • Paul C.
    Paul CarterApril 21, 2013
    Salmon was perfectly cooked, fries are awesome.
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