La Mela
La Mela

La Mela

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lamelarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2124319493
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner Nightly: 3:30pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call or email with all catering inquiries.
  • Entertainment: We have live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand Street
  • Public Transit: Take the 6 train to Spring Street, the N & R train to Prince Street, the D & B trains to Grand Street, the Q, N, R, 6 & J trains to Canal Street, or the F, D, B, M & 6 trains to Broadway Lafayette.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is convenient metered and free street parking available (read the signs carefully), as well as a lot around the corner from La Mela on Broome Street with hourly and daily rates.
A word from La Mela
La Mela has been delighting people with delicious and generous portions of Italian food for over twenty five years. La Mela is famous as a staple of Mulberry Street in New York's Little Italy. We have a full a la carte menu of mouthwatering dishes and desserts, as well as the family style dining that has made us famous for delicious and plentiful food. Come down, have fun, and make yourself at home. We'll treat you like family. Family we like.
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La Mela reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (36)neighborhood gem (33)great for outdoor dining (23)kid-friendly (19)special occasion (18)fit for foodies (17)late-night find (13)great for lunch (12)romantic (6)scenic view (6)hot spot (5)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Excellent Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I am a semi regular at La Mela as I go once a month or so either solo or with groups of family or friends, and regardless of the trip, the food and service at La Mela is consistently excellent. Being Italian, I grew up in the 'family style' tradition of eating, so I am very comfortable in that space. The staff at La Mela is always attentive and accommodating regardless of the size of party. My "crew" and I have had almost every entree on the La Mela list, from the Spaghetti and Meatballs to the Seafood Linguine and no dish has ever disappointed. The pasta is cooked perfectly every time and the sauces taste just like grandma is in the kitchen cooking. An amazing experience as always!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food.
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Consider an excellent restaurant service and food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time patron
    ConcreteJimmy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I was told about the place for about a year now, so upon arriving the atmosphere and the table seating Made me apprehensive but... That all quickly changed once I sat down and started enjoy the food The food was delicious, Service was great you got large portions Let's just say when we left we were more than pleased A true unique delicious slice of Little Italy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service
    Siglor
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Not too much to say about La Mela, the food was good but the service was terrible, very unprofessional and rude, one time only one waiter was in the room and all the other were outside chatting. This was my first time but I will not be back to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 'Red and white room' best.
    time2eat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A few years ago we took 16 people here and sat in the first room with the red and white tables. The ambience was much better than in the third room next to the kitchen. I raised a bunch of boys so the chaos didn't bother me but my friends didn't like the noise level. The food and wine were excellent, especially the vegetable dish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ziggy
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Right in Little Italy (Mulburry & Grand). Bustling place with an authentic Italian 'feel'. Food was very good and portions are large so great for sharing. Prompt service and a fun place. Would highly recommend. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so glad I found this spot!
    foodiejunkie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I was looking for a place in Little Italy for some authentic family style dining. La Mela was perfect. I never opened a menu as our waiter asked if we would like for him to bring out a great meal. His choices were spot on and the food was just fantastic. Authentic Italian sauces and wonderfully grilled veggies. I will be back the next time I'm in NYC. Go to LA Mela for great food and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Got In
    JennandRandyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Our reservation was on the same day as the San Gennaro Street Festival. We could not get near the place. We are from Long Island and came in specifically to visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and go to this restaurant. Could not even get down the street. Chose it b/c we had family in from Florida who remembered it from over a decade ago. Very disappointing. :(
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great food, great service - even on a Thursday night during San Gennaro!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a fun and delicious place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Years ago, we were walking on Mulberry Street looking for a place to eat. At each and every restaurant we passed, we were told that their food was the best and that we should eat there. At La Mela, we were told that we did not want to "eat like a tourist" at the other restaurants and that we should eat there. We were glad that we listened and have enjoyed the food ever since. Delicisio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a Night
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very few places can boast the authentic Italian that La Mela can. We sat down street side early on a Friday night and relaxed to an accordion playing wonderful music, a great table wine in a bottle too big to finish and a waiter - who personalized the menu to suit our tastes. What a great experience. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big portions
    BabysVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food is delicious and the portions are big! I totally recommend sitting outside for people watching in the summer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, too much
    AMRSantCugat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was good but we ordered too much. Very nice Italian style decoration.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just like I remember it--awesome!
    NostalgicDining
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My family used to go to La Mela when I was in college and graduate school, and I wanted to recreate our experience with my own students, many of whom have moved to NY in the last year or two. A group of 9 of us ended up meeting, but we only had reservations for 8. The staff never raised a concern but grabbed utensils for the extra person so she could eat from our family style meal. There was more food than all of us could have eaten over two days, and it was just as delicious as I remembered it to be. We were there longer than the 3 hour limit the restaurant requests, but again the staff did not appear concerned, nor did they rush us. It was a wonderful experience, and I'm so glad I got to introduce La Mela to some of my former students.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    phillygirl19
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    LaMela was reccommended to me by a friend. I passed many nicely decorated, crowded, upbeat restaurants on my way to La Mela. We went into the main dining room which was practically empty, and was taken through the kitchen into a dumpy back room that looked more like an outdated pizzeria than the quaint restaurant I was expecting. Although I hated the atmosphere, I stayed and gave it a chance hoping the food was better than the ambiance. The waiter was rude from the minute we sat down. (we were a party of 8, but not rowdy or obnoxious) He acted like we were putting him out by just being there. The food was good, but took a very long time and did not make up for the horrible dining experience.
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  • Taste of Italy
    diner56
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good service, good food. Menu has a lot of offerings. Serving sizes are plentiful Up. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like Sunday at Gramma's!
    MarkCisVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Skip the pretentious high-priced restaurants along Mulberry Street and head straight to La Mela. The entire staff is about as accommodating as they come. If 'Butch The Hat' is there...ask him about all the pics of visitors on the wall! The veal is as good as it gets! Prices are very reasonable & portions are huge. A nice Italian 1.5L bottle of house wine is only $28! Definitely a Little Italy favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    ConmanVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I had a group of 24 people, on a Sunday night. It was fantastic, great service great food, perfect family style italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable occasion
    Miri
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We took our parents here for a special occasion. The food was delicious and the outside dining was an added plus.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed Diner
    Eatoutmore8
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I recently ate there with my friend and 2 teenagers. The service was horrible. We had to seat ourselves and waited almost 10 minutes to get a drink. We had to ask the busboy to get our waiter numerous times. The place wasn't even busy..there were only 4 other occupied tables at the time. Although They did continue to open $7 small bottles of water when we asked for tap water. The food was bland,greasy and I felt they like they compensated by giving large portions hoping it would make people happy. While passing the kitchen on the way to the rest room it looked filthy as was the bathroom. STAY AWAY!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst place in Little Italy
    LuvItalian
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    A friend recommended this place, but of all the cool places we walked by, we were sorry we didn't eat elsewhere. Chicken Marsala came with no pasta (!) and 2 lbs of mushrooms in a gravy sauce. The fettuccine Alfredo was the worst I've ever tasted, heavy on butter, the spaghetti meatballs just average. Atmosphere is outdated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is our Little Italy "go to" place. The food is always right on and the service is always great. They don't rush you and it is casual and you feel like you are eating in someone's house. Very nice. Been going here since 1997.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding as always
    epdouglas
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We go to La Mela once a year when driving thru NYC on a summer trip. Always great authentic food in the heart of Little Italy, at a fraction of the cost of nearby swankier restaurants. Attentive and swift service, too. Don't miss it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My "go to"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    When I'm in the mood for a mixture of Italian food, that famous Little Italy Charm, and a generous portion of food I head to La Mela. I've been eating here since I was a kid and I'm finding it's a great place to take family and friends when they visit NYC.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Knoxy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Ate here many moons ago-was an absolute riot. Once we were asked if we were done and said no. They grabbed our bottles of wine and led us into thei alleyway with crates of tomatoes and green peppers. We tosted to the stars sitting on a picnic bench in our coats (it was October). Today, not so much fun. Food-eh and service friendly but not attentive. Felt like we were a nusance once a 12 person party arrived (we were 5). In the end we had to chase our waiter around the restaurant to get our check. Won't go back.
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  • Always Excellent!
    BLLL
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I have not been to La Mela in about 8 years. It is just as great as I remember. Huge portions of fantastic Italian. Cannoli to die for!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After 20 years it is still a gem!
    JoeC
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    One of the BEST places in NYC. If you have not been there RUN and go now!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration :-(
    maremarev628
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have been a customer at La Mela for over 20 years. The food was great.. the service was great... but placing a table of 5 with reservations right next to the kitchen with the dishes smashing and the door opening and closing was not pleasant to say the least. I have been accustomed to a grand welcome with lots of happy faces whenever arriving at La Mela but not this time the Maitre d' could have cared less whether we were there or not.. Just not a good feeling really disappointed. When choosing the noise level under ratings I would not say energetic I would have to say it way to loud where it actually hurt my ears.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    Lexie13
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Amazing food and service, as usual! I highly recommend this place. Sit outside and get a bottle of red.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 491 reviews are from the La Mela reviews archive.
  • Average Italian
    CtCatten
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The waitstaff really pushes the family style dinner. The advantage is that you get a variety of things to taste. The disadvantage is that the food is just average, and you're better off just ordering what you want. The strolling singer is more annoying than entertaining, and knows only a few songs. I would not recommend this restaurant to a foodie.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot in Little Italy
    BethzVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a large group (2 families) and it was a great way to get a table in the bustling and busy Little Italy. Great simple italian food, the kids loved it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    Scottsdalecpl
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Went on a recommendation from a friend ....the food was excellent, there was no push to finish and our waiter was one of the best waiters we have ever had we are both disappointed we don't recall his name so we could mention him by name, the next day we had lunch down the street at "John Gotti's favorite place " there was no comparison in food quality or service...they forget to tell you Gotti's has not walked those streets since 1990
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK but not exceptional
    Mikail
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Our meal for 5 people at La Mela was OK. We ordered an assorted pasta dish, veal scallopini and aparagus parmesan. Ceratainly nothing wrong with the food and the service was good but frankly I was expecting more from a restaurant in the heart of Little Italy in NYC. I've definitely had better italian meals in other similarly priced local restaurants and comparing the family style experience at Tony's D'Napoli to La Mela I'd chose Tony's every time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Style Dining
    norinpa
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    If you want a lot of bang for your buck go for the family style dining #2. With tax and tip it is approximately $45 per person, relatively inexpensive for NYC. The food is too die for. It is a 5 course meal that does not let anyone go home hungry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing fancy, but really good
    ValueVSDealVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This was my 2nd time here and it is consistently good food. Its a large place considering it takes up 3 storefronts so its ideal for a group. The decor is very plain and outdated but it makes for the old school Little Italy feel. The prosciutto with cheese platter was excellent and plenty for two people. I had a pasta dish that was a mix of 3 pastas but for $19 kind of pricey. Had i not had the prosciutto then I still wouldve been hungry.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of the best Italian restaurant
    guyf
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    amazing place know the place for 12 year and every time i fly to the US i must stop in New York specially to eat in this restaurant. you can feel in the food the the chef is cooking with his hurt like he was cooking for his family. don't miss the place. One of the best Italian restaurant I ever eat and i eat in a lot a round the world that were 3 times more expensive then you but not getting close to your level one thing I can ask, please do the family dinner also for one person. usually I'm traveling alone and I in a big trouble when I don't have anyone eat with me the family dinner. try to do something that will be suitable also for business men that are traveling alone for business and want to enjoy also the special family style menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DiGa
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It is in avery vibrant neighborhood. The staff was very co-operative and flexible, food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RTB11
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We go to La Mela anytime we are in New York. Love sampling all the great dishes in the 5 course meal if we can pace ourselves well enough to get through it. Friendly service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Always reliable good food. It was busy so unfortunately they forgot to bring out the leftovers. :(
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite old school Italian in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My family has eaten at La Mela every time we have visited NYC. We all love it. True authentic Italian that tastes amazing. We would highly recommend it. It's not fancy, but it tastes amazing and is a great neighborhood staple.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.