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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Lovely evening at Rafele restaurant in New York to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Excellent food and great ambience."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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
  • "Really good food lovely service would visit again next time in New york"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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
  • "A friend and I were looking for a restaurant before the theater. We happened on this place and sat outside . We shared some delicious rice balls. Then we had chicken Parmesan which was very good. On the way to the bathroom ,I noticed the chef making rice balls. My friend was interested in the process so the chef was gracious and showed her the process. They also had food tours stopping in for tastes. This was a very good place to have brunch at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Best artichoke EVER!! Even the stem portions were eaten, and they were crispy like a chip. Very Unique! For dessert I recommend the cheesecake, AND the chocolate dessert (like a thick choc pudding) and eat them together. WOW!!! Unforgettable dining experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent food and our waitress was so, so sweet! We even got a free buffalo ricotta cheesecake and dessert wine to celebrate we were on our honeymoon. Definitely going back when in NY!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Rafele was amazing. They made my wife's birthday a perfect experience and made me look really good! Excellent service, fantastic fresh food and a great wine list. You won't be dissapointed! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I don't usually write restaurant reviews but everything at Rafele's was excellent. From the appetizers through the dessert ( ricotta cheesecake to die for ) the dinner was perfect. Great suggestions on wine and desert from the waitress, a nice chat with Rafele, and the feeling when you left that although not cheap, it was extremely fair and worth every cent. It was one of my best dinners in years. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "From the panzanella salad, cauliflower and crispy artichoke apps to the insane gnocchi and Ragu pastas, we had an incredible meal. We ate al fresco on a beautiful night. The staff couldn't have been more attentive. We live in the neighborhood, have passed it a million times but never went in. We will be going in a million times more. Fabulous!!!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I love the Gnocchi here, they are like little pillows of air. All pasta is made fresh and that is a difference you can definitely tell. Good service, nice atmosphere. The artichoke salad is a little small however is tasty, but if you like a bigger portion, the breaded cauliflower salad can be split. You have to order the Ricotta Cheesecake. It sounds boring, but it is amazing. The night we went they sold out of it, so I was really sad since I no longer live in the city. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Such a lovely experience waiters were fantastic cannot thank them enough for a lovely experience in the restaurant! Would deffo recommend to others "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The food is excellent, and the service is truly exceptional. We had a wonderful time. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. Had the chicken which was tasty and juicy. Salads, meatball appetizers and burrata all very tasty. Definitely will go back. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Good food, great service and a warm welcome even though we were late as our cab driver couldn't find the place! Great atmosphere, buzzy but not to loud and felt like a place people went back to. Only wish we were in New York often enough to be regulars"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Our evening at Rafele was great--warm, helpful service, every dish seasoned well and cooked perfectly. Roast Cauliflower side dish with caramelized currants was delicious-even for those of us who don't like cauliflower! Branzino was cooked just right with seasonings that complimented the fish. Funghi and Gorgonzola pizza was the perfect shared appetizer. Silky, tart gorgonzola balanced the mushrooms and crispy crust. The only curiosity was that the restaurant closed down very early--we sat at 8:00, by 10:15 or so they were putting up chairs all around us and the restaurant had cleared out. It was clear the wait staff was just waiting around for us to leave. Very odd because every other place in the Village was hopping!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Ristorante Italiano con la lettera "i" maiuscola! Cibo curato e buona convivialità da parte di Piero e il suo staff...da veri italiani! Buona la lista vini! Il noise level del locale è a dir poco insostenibile quando è troppo affollato! Peccato, perché potrebbe essere un buon locale per una romantica cena italiana! Ad ogni modo consiglio vivamente!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I've been to Rafaele often and it's always consistent. The fried artichokes and pizza/flatbread with gorgonzola and mushrooms and truffle oil are amazing. Service is really good. A waiter named Lee has waited on us a few times and he is always efficient and friendly, but never intrusive. My only complaint about the restaurant is the noise level. It's very loud. If you're sensitive to that, try to go during off hours, or sit outside. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The service was great, and the wine list was very affordable. First time there will not be our last. The cheese cake was the best I ever had"
    Dined on 5/18/2014