Perfect in every way. FoodPerfect in every way. Food was fabulous, great wine list and wonderful service.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMy Fav Restaurant in the W VillageAnother wonderful meal at Rafele! This has become my go to restaurant in the west village and all who I have brought rave about the food! I love everything but especially the carciofi (artichokes), arancini (rice balls), melanzana (eggplant parmigiana) and the pasta amatriciana....and let's not forget the AMAZING ricotta cheesecake!! Rafele is an authentic Italian restaurant and I have yet to go when I do not hear that lovely language being spoken by staff and patrons--a true sign that it's authentic! The staff are lovely and always make me feel special. Definitely give this place a try, you won't be disappointed!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat dinner!We came here for dinner on a friday night and were seated downstairs because we were a big group.
The food was great!
Everyone enjoyed their meal.
It's a little bit loud though.
margarita pizza was fantastic.
the roasted chicken was great too!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat value in NYI've eaten at a lot of Italian restaurants all over the world, and I rate Rafele a 4. The food was excellent, but it wasn't outstanding. However, the prices were very reasonable for a NY restaurant....great value. Great atmosphere and location in Greenwich Village area.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistenly GoodI love this restaurant and all the people who work here are genuinely friendly and helpful. They have a better than decent
house wine. Prices are excellent, and the value exceeds the prices. My fav is the appetizer grilled octopus.
Their grilled fish is excellent, the rice balls are amazing better than home made. The decor makes you feel like your in Italy.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMHad an excellent lunch hereHad an excellent lunch here with a friend; Angelo the waiter was very attentive; food was superb!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAfter many visits the experienceAfter many visits the experience is still as good as ever.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat foodAlways happy to eat at Rafele. The pasta dishes are as good as anything in Italy.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMOur waiter was very attentiveOur waiter was very attentive to our selection which was Paleo based. Fun place, we had best spot inside in middle of Restuarant. We will be back.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and Service.Excellent food and Service. Artichoke appetizer was great. The pasta was delicious.
The waiter was friendly. courteous and helpful.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThe West Village has manyThe West Village has many of the outstanding restaurants in a city of many outstanding restaurants and Rafele is among the top tier of these restaurants.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMCheck it out.Great place in the West Village for groups or couples. Food was fantastic, great prices and servers are very knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely worth the visit. Also have a gluten free menu.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce again a delicious dinner!Once again a delicious dinner! The tasting menu allowed me to try a number of dishes I wouldn't normally order and all were great. The roasted cauliflower salad and mussels and shrimp appetizer were surprise highlights! Our waiter Piero was wonderful and definitely made us feel most welcome. I will return with friends soon!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMI loved the food, the atmosphere,I loved the food, the atmosphere, and the staff at Rafele. Our server was very helpful and the chef was welcoming and friendly as well! We had the tasting menu and could not pick a favorite dish, as everything was so delicious. Every course was wonderful - we will definitely return!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMA Gem.Outstanding food, very good service.
Has a nice neighborhood feel with forward-looking, contemporary Italian cuisine.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat!What a wonderful place! We were a group of eight and had a round table in the corner. The food was super and service just as well. We weren't rushed either.
Wonderful experience!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMTop 3 Italian food in all of NYCAbsolutely amazing. The food is easily top 3 Italian in all of Manhattan (right up there with Il Mulino). My girlfriend and I had the meatballs and fried artichokes for appetizers and then had 2 amaaaaaazing pasta dishes.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMI went to Bar RafeleIf you want to enjoy a reasonably priced meal at a downtown NYC Italian restaurant, Bar Rafele is an excellent choice. The food and overall settings were excellent. The service was a little slow – but that only seemed that way because we were very thirsty. I’ll be going back.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMA terrific addition to the hoodIf only for the fried zucchini, it's worth going. The Margarita pizza is as good as the one I had in Naples. The branzini and seafood stew are excellent. The place is nicely done with an open kitchen, feels friendly and is reasonably priced. We are happy to have it in the neighborhood and go often.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMVery attractive, relativeVery attractive, relative newcomer in the West Village. Excellent fixed price lunch; service very good; attentive and friendly chef.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, great wine, goodGreat food, great wine, good service. A liitle on the loud side but not that big of a deal.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThis place was great and IThis place was great and I will definitely go back when I'm in the area again. I needed a good restaurant in this area to make a reservation for a group of 8 from out of town. I wanted to give them good food in a good ambiance where it wouldn't be too noisy so that we could have a good conversation. Rafele exceeded my expectations in all areas: the food was delicious, the service was great, and our party had an excellent time.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food! The calamariExcellent food! The calamari was the best I have ever had. Overall, interesting tastes and pleasant staff.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMItaly n NYCGreat authentic Italain food in an attractive but unpretentious setting. Everything we ate was carefully prepared, well balanced and not overly salted or otherwise exaggerated. The food is very close to what I have had n food adventures in Italy. Raffaele, the chef, is there because it is an open kitchen, and he is very warm and friendly. This place is a find. Forgot to say we could hear each other talk, always a plus in a popular restaurant.1/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service and foodThank you for the wonderful service! I meant to write a review sooner but I have been busy.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM