Rafele
Rafele

Rafele

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rafele.com/
  • Phone: 2122421999
  • 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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Rafele reviews from OpenTable diners
195 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (101)fit for foodies (96)great for outdoor dining (79)good for groups (59)romantic (57)special occasion (52)notable wine list (33)hot spot (27)great for lunch (23)great for brunch (23)kid-friendly (17)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (12)scenic view (8)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food was delicious, nice presentation. Entrees are moderately priced. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good italian
    Cami
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We were welcome by a very nice girl. We had a lot of explanation from the italian woman, who was very nice. I recommand if you want to eat in a good italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian Food
    rhswitzerland
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Rafele is a very busy place. We were there on a Saturday evening. The restaurant was packed but the welcome was very friendly. We got a table downstaires. The Waiter (Eduardo) was extremly attentive and charming. The food was very nice and the pizza Rafele very delicious. If there is something that could be improved, then I would recommend to either extend the wine list or reduce the prices of certain super toscan wines... They are very pricy and some of them over charged... But overall I can recommend this place by full means.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Italian in West Village
    nuthinfancy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Originally, I dined at Rafele on the recommendation of a friend and was blown away by the entire affair. Excellent food, comfortable ambience, great service. Went back with my wife recently on a Friday night for a 10:00 dinner and was not disappointed. The restaurant itself was full and very noisy, so we opted for an outdoor table...probably not a great option either, since the noise level of traffic on 7th Ave, the subway, and pedestrians, all made it something of an overpowering barrage of sound. Still, the food and service were top notch. Go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Every bite was worth eating
    BunnyNYVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My first time at Rafele - a great find. I recommend all the dishes we tried: Arancini- Crisp, not greasy, delicious Crostini con pate- A different presentation. The pate was in a separate dish, a light mousse w/honey in another. Baked flat bread on the side. The light/sweet mousse combined w/the pate cut any hint of "gaminess". Polpettine - The meatballs were so tender and complimented by a tasty light tomato sauce. Rughetta salad - Fresh. The combo of ingredients is unbeatable. Pettole Ragu - The tender lamb and the flat homemade pasta noodles were deliciously seasoned with rosemary and olives. It was too much food for 2 but every bite was delicious. Do yourself a favor and skip the bread basket to enjoy the great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blah
    WehaDiner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Have to admit, was pretty disappointed with the experience here. Staff herded us like cattle, dinner took a long time, wine was chilled in a fridge? Bizarre.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impeccable and friendly
    Arklausner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Rarely can you find high-quality food with equally impressive, personalized service. A top-notch experience from prosecco to tiramisu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find.
    snackcracker
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was delicious. Had the spicy sausage and pappardelle special. Friends enjoyed the spinach ravioli and spaghetti dishes. The food was simple, yet very flavorful. Wines were a bit pricier than expected but good. Chocolate pudding dessert was much better than imagined. An enjoyable atmosphere and nice sidewalk cafe area, just a little noisy with trains running below.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Trip
    RrubinVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This must be an excellent restaurant as we returned to this restaurant after a short time
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Lovely Italian restaurant in a lively area. Good food ,service & value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good could be great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was excellent, service was terrible. Had a drink when seated, watched the waiter walk by us over and over without asking if wanted another or needed anything. They finally brought us another at end of meal. Everyone was friendly, no one was rude, but being ignored did bother me.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good italian food
    cBiers
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We wanted to have italian food so we looked this place up. It's not too fancy/high class but the food is really good and the staff is friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very good
    Billr
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This place got great reviews but we did not think it lived up to the hype. We were not offered any specials although we heard them being offered to other tables. The wine was not topped up as often as we would have liked. The quality of the food was very average and very expensive. What I really object to is an automatic gratuity being added of over $50 and then asking for an additional gratuity on top of that. We were a table of three people, two people had pasta and no one had dessert our bill came to $350 This place is totally overpriced. America has a really bad tipping structure, a tip should be a reward for good food and good service. In America, you can offer poor food with poor service and still get rewarded - how stupid is that?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    NYClover8282
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    First time went there . It was nice experience ! Meatball was awesome and pasta was delicious as well. Nice service ! My sister is vegan , she said Vegan food taste Soso . Nothing special . I loveeee my food though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LSalmanson
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food was just ok, nothing special, and had hair in my dish. Service was really slow (kind, but really really slow).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding service
    Vet270
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was great and the food is excellent. The wait staff goes out of their way to be attentive. The bread and eggplant is different and tasty. Highly recommend the pasta dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute
    missmelody
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were lucky to get these last minute reservations and crossed our fingers hoping it would be a good experience and we loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place
    Edwin
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food taste is very good, nice place, friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MARCO
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Davvero un bel ristorante, bellissimo locale e ottimo cibo, buon rapporto qualita' prezzo del cibo
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food was just okay, the service was pretty bad. 2 hours for a meal for two people on a monday night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegan and Gluten-free
    TheaterloverVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    From the outside, Rafele does not look like much. However, looks can be deceiving. Their food is very fresh and tasty. Most importantly, they have a special menu for vegans and people with gluten-allergies. And when my husband and I decided to split a salad and an entree, they split the meals and brought us our portion on separate plates. You can eat outside, like we did, but the subway does run right underneath 7th Avenue so you will have some noise. They also let me send back a wine and replace it with another one. Good service and good food means we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ottomo livello
    Fabio
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Dopo diversi giorni im Usa abbiamo finalmente ritrovato i sapori di casa Italia
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous Italian food
    CarolineFineDine
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I had one of the specials - it was Pappardelle with mushrooms and truffles and it was absolutely delicious. My only regret - that I hadn't eaten so much for my starter and main that I had no room for dessert. Would definitely come back here. Fantastic.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, easy to get to.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Rafele is a great find, truly authentic Italian food. Our experience was quite pleasant. Service was very good, our server was knowledgeable and very attentive. Portions were generous and prices were fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable experience
    spanishinnyc
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Perfect place for special occasion. Very friendly personel, from the manager to the all weiters. Excellent food, quiet ambiance, affordable price. Central location. Feeling like at home. Looking forward to coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our dinner at Rafele
    Jameslucy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Rafele's is simple outstanding. It's location in the West Village is perfect. Vibrant resturant reflecting the vibrant area. Food to die for. Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local find!
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was our second visit and it was even better than the first. Grilled octopus app was great, as was the seafood pasta. Mushroom dish equally delish! Looking forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    RrubinVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is an excellent restaurant. The selections are good. They need to take a close look at the main dishes as to variety
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  • Average but unprofessional
    KasperVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Sit at the long table in front of the open kitchen and watch the salad chef swig down a beer while as he makes your appetizer while the the Maitre d' and other front-of-house management take turns running to the bread cabinet, grabbing rolls with their bare hands and shoving them down their throats as they try to obscure themselves behind some of the indoor foliage. By the time you get tired of this, someone may be by to take your order. Food was fine; pasta was average and heavy; octopus was much better. But it's a shame this place ranks up the top of Open Table. Says a lot about the ranking system and who may be manipulating it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Amazing Italian Food
    NYCMDEATS
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Tonight my husband and I had the pleasure of dinning at Rafele's restaurant and have been delighted by our experience. The food is by far the most amazing Italian food we have ever eaten. We have traveled to Italy numerous times and both my husband and I always compare the food and have come to the conclusion that we enjoy the food at Rafele's much more. The taste is always right, the atmosphere is perfect and the staff is superb! This is a place where the chef takes pride in his cooking. It's an art to him. How can you not love that combination? The pizza is out of this world, the fish, the pasta anything on the menu is a sure hit! I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic & Exquisite dinner
    IoamoItalia
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I had my 50th birthday dinner here, all the way from Sydney! It was a fabulous experience as the food was divine - the Calamari was like no Calamari I had ever tasted, it was soft and infused with herbs and melted in the mouth, the fish was also herb infused and delicious. The waiters were very attentive and charming and when they heard it was my birthday they brought out a delicious chocolate mousse came on the house and made a big fuss!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Such a shame-been a few times&whilst previously good,the last visit was disappointing.To start the MaitreD looked almost irritated to see us.We were then clearly sat between areas,as it took15mins to be acknowledged&be given menus.The food was good,but my friend ordered the scallops&was only told as the rest of our table's entrees arrived,that they had mixed up orders&had now run out of scallops-how did they not realise this earlier?They said they would make her the fish instead,which she accepted but had to wait15mins while the rest of us started.For dessert,we asked for the cheesecake&were told they had sold out.We declined other options but3mins later a plate of cheesecake arrived which were was complimentary.Nice gesture,but confusing!
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  • Gem in Greenwich Village
    casey
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Chef's tasting menu was a 4 course wonder and reasonably priced at $45/person. We never felt rushed and the staff were genuinely friendly and attentive to our needs throughout the meal. Gluten free pasta was served with lobster and octopus, delicately flavoured with fresh ingredients. On the same plate, ricotta stuffed ravioli were topped with a simple tomato sauce, garnished with a basil leaf. This was followed by an entree of juicy, tender pork chop with sautéed snap peas and a melange of sautéed cauliflower sweetened with currants and fresh herbs. The rustic ambience was created with dim lighting, pots of herbs on side tables and the warmth of wood and bricks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous find!
    Gail
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Dinner was excellent. Great food, great service and great atmosphere. Definitely a must go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Ryokey
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My best restaurant in Manhattan! Always good food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service excellent
    babyashVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    the service was excellent and very accommodating. food was typical for an italian restaurant. it was delicious but not creative. very typical but good.
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  • Brilliant
    ThebestItalianNo1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great NYC restaurant
    Aerin
    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!
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Gene and Deb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something Different for a Change
    MrCPWVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.