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Rafele Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rafele.com
  • Phone: (212) 242-1999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Lunch :Monday -Friday :12pm - 3:30 pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Raffaele Ronca
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant directly for catering options.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Morton st,
  • Public Transit: The nearest subway stations are:
    West4 on 6th ave where A,C,E,D,B,F,M trains are available and Christopher st station where number 1 train is available.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is also a public lot, corner of Morton st and 7th ave south
A word from Rafele
We are committed to offering fresh ingredients coupled with the most authentic Italian foods and wine available.
We work closely with our farmers, markets, vendors and purveyors to bring you the highest quality of rustic Italian recipes created with a New York influence.
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Diner Reviews
  • "the service was excellent and very accommodating. food was typical for an italian restaurant. it was delicious but not creative. very typical but good."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was our first visit and the quality of the food was outstanding. Service was friendly and informative and the setting inside, where we sat, was welcoming and attractive. We came on our second night of a 5 night stay and decided to book again for our last. The food, we had mainly seafood and fish dishes, is top class and the highlight of Rafele's. What more can I say!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was excellent, from the artichoke fritto to the pasta specials & my husband had the pasta with lamb Ragu-awesome! And for dessert, get the chocolate mousse, it will change your life!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Amazing find. We were fortunate enough to find this restaurant during a food tour that we enjoyed. At each restaurant we stopped at, we were treated to some specialty item. When we stopped at Rafele's, we were treated to an eggplant appetizer, and it was amazing. Chef Rafele came out and chatted with all of us and mentioned that it was just "something simple". We then decided that we were going back. We had dinner there the following night and it was awesome. I had the Pesto Parppeadelle Pasta and my wife had a simple Ravioli creation that Chef said he had just made up that day. It was one of my favorite Italian dinners of all time."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "With so many Italian restaurants in NYC it is hard to find new menu items. Rafele offers that difference. Look at the menu and try one of their unique dishes. Such as the crispy artichokes, or cheese cakes."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My husband and I had one of the most amazing Italian meals at Rafele's Ristorante. From the hostess to the bartender to the server, everyone was Italian and very committed to the quality of the food and service. I ordered all recommendations by our server, and they were fantastic. The best was that this amazing food was actually affordable. I will go back whenever I can!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We tried Rafele for the first time and couldn't be happier. We went early on a Saturday evening, so it was not crowded at all. While we say inside, there is a large outdoor eating area on 7th Ave. Tables are spaced well apart, so it is very comfortable, and the room is very nice. Our server was friendly and very helpful. And the food was great! We had some of the appetizer specials (artichoke was very good) and we really enjoyed the pastas (one special pesto dish and the mushroom dish on the menu). Our friend had a fish, which looked great as well. A very pleasant surprise was the chocolate pudding dessert - definitely not something that came out of a box! Prices are also reasonable. We'd definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "They take pride in their food and it definitely shows both in presentation and flavor. They know what their doing in the kitchen and the service is very good."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food is always wonderful as is the service. On this trip, while I did not recognize any of the waiters or the hostess, everyone was as warm and welcoming as always. The ambiance is very Italian and as in Italy, you are never neglected or rushed."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "There were only two tables their and service/food expedition was extremely slow. Some diners received all their entrees while others had to wait an additional 10-15 min for theirs."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Local muito agradável e com ótimo atendimento. Não tinham risotto no cardápio mas mesmo assim fizeram e saímos muito satisfeitos. Comida ótima e sobremesas também. Não é a toa que é o número 7 do tripadvisor."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Excellent value for money! Great service and good food. Nice place in NY"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We spent 4 days in NYC & this was our FAVORITE meal!!!! We ate at the chef's table & let the owner, who attended to our every need, surprise us with the chef's tasting menu...it was FANTASTIC!!! Ambience, food, service, wine could NOT have been better! This was one of our favorite meals ever, ANYWHERE!!!! They are in the top 10 in NYC for 12,000 rated restaurants for a reason!! DO NOT MISS RAFELE!!! They will not disappoint!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "What a great restaurant! We dined here on Saturday night. Staff so attentive and friendly, and did not rush us. Even though tables are close together, you do not feel cramped. Every bite of food was superb! Ingredients were so fresh and each of our dishes cooked to perfection. We had the seafood pasta and the linguine bolognese, plus several tomato salads. Tried 3 different desserts and each was better than the next. The cheesecake in particular was outstanding. We will definitely go back again and recommend to friends."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was one of the restaurants we tried on a weekend trip to the city and it was by far the best. Everything from the appetizers to the entrees to the desserts was very well made and the service was friendly. knowledgeable and attentive. I will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The restaurant vibe was fun and the food was really good. Tried this place, because of the good reviews I read on-line. I have to say, it did not disappoint."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything was excellent. The food was delicious and authentic, the wine was perfect, and the service was excellent. Really a great find."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We (my wife, my son, and I) had dinner at Rafele, and it was extremely good. Nice location in Greenwich Village - good outdoor seating. Menu is varied and well done. Appetizer of zucchini flowers was as good as similar dishes we had in Italy. Entrees (gnocchi, pasta Amatriciana, pasta with mushrooms) were extremely well done and fresh. Wine menu is nice. Service good, though not great. An excellent find, and good for the money as well."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Tremendous meal right in the Village. Brought my two boys, age 16 and 11 and they loved it. Great experience and affordable."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "It's certainly worth a visit, food is excellent and prices aren't outrageous. Pasta's are cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Came here after reading positive OT and Yelp reviews. Every dish was well received by the entire table. We started with an appetizer of delicately fried dough with prosciutto and liver pate with honey and ricotta. For our entree, the table ordered the spaghetti with mixed seafood, fresh pasta in mushroom and truffle sauce and the organic chicken. We practically licked our plates clean. By the time dessert rolled around, we were all stuffed but couldn't help but to order their cheesecake slice and chocolate pudding. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "With a group of 8, the management and staff were very good and knowledgeable re: the menu and the specials. All entrees were very tasty and supported by side dishes. One exception was the broccoli-rabe which was a bit on the salty side as olives and capers were used in preparation and if salt was added, it was too heavy handed. Other than that, the food was excellent. It is a nice spot and friendly."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Food was excellent! Everything was delicious. Would definitely visit again and again."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Found this place on open table while in NYC fir a few days with family. Small and loud but great good, reasonable prices and good Italian wine selection."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Very good food. Outstanding service! Reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Dinner was unbelievable. The appetizers started the wonderful experience. The entrees were a pleasure as well as surprisingly delightful. Be sure to leave room for dessert as the house special us something everyone MUST experience. Can't wait for the next opportunity to have such a great dinning experience at Rafele."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My wife and were celebrating our wedding anniversary so we wanted to enjoy a nice meal at a non-chain restaurant. Rafele wasn't cheap but it was worth the entire dining experience. I still think about the starter, calamari. Wow-it only got better with my NY strip (wife loved her seafood pasta) and ending with cheese cake. Great dining jewel!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Try the fired pizza, unusual. The food is very good . We had the fried calamari, a very large portion, no marinara sauce. Also had the Burrata salad, a little different, burrata and quartered tomato, and a very good Melanzana eggplant appetizer, For entrees, zuppa di pesce, a market fish stew with tomato, garlic and Taglioni Ai Funghi pasta with mixed mushrooms and truffle pate."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dining experience at Rafele for the second time and. plan another for the coming week when friends are visiting from Florida. Authentic Italian food."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The crowd is friendly and the service impeccable at this bustling neighborhood "trattoria". Decor smartly done to feel open welcoming and rustic but not at the expense of polish. Great menu of high quality Italian from all along the peninsula. Reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had late afternoon appetizers, My wife had one of the best (sautéed) soft-shell crabs EVER (and it was a bargain to boot)!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "this place is ALWAYS good. cannot have a bad meal here!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Fantastic food every time in this friendly beautiful spot on lower seventh ave. This is my favorite place for authentic ITALIAN."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We visited on a Thursday and had the Chef's Tasting 4 Course Meal. We were asked about any food allergies or dislikes, and beyond that, the meal would be a surprise. First came warm bread with carmelized onion, pepper and eggplant. Delicious. The appetizer course was really 3 different items, served family style to share. Then followed a pasta course, with generous servings of two kinds of fresh homemade pastas and sauces. The main course was swordfish, accompanied by savoury vegetables, beautifully plated. Dessert was cheesecake from chef's family recipe, like no other. All courses were explained by the chef at our table as they arrived. Service was welcoming, friendly & efficient. This was one of the best meals of our lives."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Wonderful Italian restaurant hidden by its plain outside appearance. Great service, delicious food. Best place we ate while in NY for the week."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food was fabulous. Love the cauliflower, pine nuts and black currants dish the most, as well as the cheesecake. I highly recommend Rafele!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The food and service were outstanding and so reminiscent of our favorite places in Italy"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "PACCHERI ALL’ AMATRICIANA was excellent, not just for the price point, but overall excellent. MELANZANA was very good, but small. Have only ever tried the pasta portion of the menu."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I am so glad that Rafele's is in my neighborhood - I have been there at least 5 times since I first discovered it. Food is great! Service is good - I will definitely keep going back"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had the chef's choice meal and it was perfect in every way. A great meal wxperyly prepared and well served. Bravo."
    Dined on 6/10/2014