Bell Book & Candle

New American Restaurant and Bar$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • The experts at Eater and Serious Eats recommend this place
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  • Jeans
    "$1 oysters at the bar, all day every day"(6 Tips)
    Eater
    "features naked lady wallpaper"(3 Tips)
    Stribling & Associates
    "private dining room behind a fake wall."(3 Tips)
    Colleen H.
    "Try the fried oysters and the house-made burrata!"(4 Tips)
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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.
  • Andrew W.
    The Patty Melt: grass-fed beef ground in-house; sharp cheddar nicely melted; onions cooked to an extra-dark, and pickles (from cucumbers grown on the roof of the restaurant) make an impression.
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Masha K.
    Masha KacedanAugust 18, 2016
    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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Charming, cozy hideaway for a low-key cocktail or a quiet-ish dinner through the winter months. Great bartenders.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anna S.
    Anna Sanchez BendahanJanuary 19, 2016
    Do try their bean dip (add the chorizo of course!) $1 oysters and cocktails are a must here!
  • Jen D.
    Jen DMay 21
    Excellent wine for happy hour. Great low key spot with a large restaurant space in back
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorSeptember 20, 2014
    FUN happy hour spot. Great charcuterie and cheese platters and good wine list.
  • 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!
  • Cara M.
    Cara MocciaJuly 4, 2013
    You can get the Grilled Lamb Chops as an Entree... They're huge!
  • Colleen H.
    Colleen HofmannJune 14, 2012
    The ambiance here is fabulous. Try the fried oysters and the house-made burrata!
  • Joe A.
    Joe AndreasenAugust 4, 2013
    The Surf and Turf. The special everywhere Saturday Night.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinSeptember 28, 2014
    Decent cocktails, cozy for a table, upbeat for a bar, best of both worlds
  • 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.
  • Clayton S.
    Clayton SchmidtApril 2, 2011
    Booths are great. Steak is small Get the pretzels monkfish or chicken and peanut butter ice cream sandwich.
  • 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, 2016
    Went with the burrata then hanger steak. Good service. Left very pleased.
  • 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
  • rogey_mac
    rogey_macApril 14
    Been here 25+ times
    A cool spot, great service, great food and the cocktails are awesome.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan MoroJuly 18, 2015
    Chicken was good. Tuna tartar and the Chocolate brownie.
  • Denise H.
    Denise HJune 20, 2016
    They grow food on the roof! That's so cool - and delicious.
  • Jenni G.
    Jenni GrahamJuly 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The crispy roasted jalapeño deviled eggs are addicting!
  • Jess S.
    Jess SSeptember 3, 2011
    Food is inconsistent, but great bar. Points for most produce sourced from their rooftop garden.
  • Valentina D.
    Valentina De CarloAugust 6, 2015
    Nice location, kind personnel, excellent food
  • 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
  • Craig W.
    Craig WilsonApril 6, 2013
    Phenomenal happy hour. 1 dollar oysters, 8 cocktails, 4 beers.. Killing it
  • 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.
  • Maria R. P.
    Maria R. PaizJanuary 2
    Tuna nachos were so good we ordered another round!
  • Paul C.
    Paul CarterApril 21, 2013
    Salmon was perfectly cooked, fries are awesome.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MassoAugust 27, 2015
    Cozy, quiet, great drinks
  • 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
  • stephanie s.
    stephanie scheperFebruary 13, 2014
    drunken bean dip, truffled grilled cheese, yummm
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerNovember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Dark & cozy. Bring a date.
  • Caitlin C.
    5:30-7:30 happy hour, $5 beer and $6 wine
  • 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.
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfOctober 4, 2016
    An utterly forgettable meal in an empty restaurant. They ran out of the wine we ordered and the waitress read tasting notes when we inquired about other options. A real disappointment.
  • Carolyn M.
    Carolyn M.August 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Phil the heat is the best cocktail on the menu
  • Sofia P.
    Mulled wine really hits the spot on a freezing night in NYC!
  • Brooke H.
    Brooke HammerlingAugust 17, 2011
    Just go and sit at bar as vibe and service both rock.
  • jared z.
    jared zlotnickJanuary 9, 2011
    Come during off hours to tour the roof garden!
  • Alicia
    AliciaFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Blue cheese stuffed olives. Need I say more.
  • Emilia A.
    Emilia AllonsoApril 28, 2015
    The burrata is amazing
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn CoughlinOctober 30, 2015
    Best dirty martini I've ever had
  • Vino50: Grape American Road Trip
    Try the Beau Soleil oysters on the half-shell - 36 down and counting.....
  • Lena K.
    Lena KreshchukJanuary 17, 2015
    Do not take apricot cocktail. Get the hashtag hashtag.
  • Living Jazz A.
    Fresh veggies, daily specials
  • Jeans
    JeansDecember 25, 2016
    $1 oysters at the bar, all day every day
  • Carl-Adam S.
    Carl-Adam ScheeleDecember 4, 2015
    Mini sandwich is really The best dessert
  • Todd L.
    Todd LikerDecember 30, 2016
    The duck is fantastic
  • Johannes L.
    Johannes LietzOctober 12, 2012
    Try Phil the Heat, it's their best cocktail.
  • Jenni G.
    Jenni GrahamSeptember 15, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Bottomless brunch on Sundays!
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    See our special offer to unlock your mission!
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony ScudeseApril 2, 2016
    The napkins are complimentary
  • Broc K.
    Broc KleinAugust 8, 2014
    tunes. funky vibes.
  • Ellie R.
    Ellie RountreeJanuary 29, 2011
    The Brussel sprouts and short ribs were great
  • 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!!!!!
  • Charles B.
    Charles BFebruary 24, 2012
    Good drinks and the vibe is solid. Food mediocre at best. Better options in this hood.
  • Antonello L.
    Antonello LoddoNovember 26, 2015
    Great interior design
  • Griffin B.
    Griffin BealleJanuary 28, 2012
    Ask for Jodie at the bar
  • Trevor K.
    Trevor KivJuly 10
    Oysters 😋
  • KE
    KEOctober 17, 2016
    Tequila cocktails
  • Caroline
    CarolineMarch 14, 2016
    M-F 530-730p happy hour
  • Ash P.
    Ash PAugust 10, 2014
    Awesome bar
  • Kendra
    KendraApril 24, 2011
    Try to get the secret room for your romantic night.
  • David S.
    Fava beans
  • Scott G.
    Scott GellerSeptember 3, 2013
    try the excommunication
  • Aimee
    AimeeJune 14, 2015
    Bonkers burrata.
  • Rameet C.
    Rameet ChawlaDecember 17, 2010
    fried oysters with green chili
  • Yash A.
    Chill vibe
  • Clara W.
    Clara WuDecember 13, 2013
    "onion soup"
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WDecember 22, 2010
    Have a Sagatiba Pura neat with a wedge of orange...
  • Victor C.
    Victor CJuly 5, 2011
    $1 oysters at the bar all day long.
  • Victoria C.
    Victoria CrossAugust 14, 2016
    No air conditioning in 95 degree weather. SMH!
  • J
    JSeptember 13, 2013
    No cell service
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