Rafele
Rafele

Rafele

  • 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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Rafele reviews from OpenTable diners
180 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (103)fit for foodies (93)good for groups (53)great for outdoor dining (51)special occasion (38)romantic (37)hot spot (28)notable wine list (23)great for lunch (19)great for brunch (18)kid-friendly (14)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (10)scenic view (3)Show More
  • great food but LOUD.
    theatregirlVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The owner Pierro couldn't have been nicer. He went out of his way. The food was fantastic. For me however, the music was too loud and electronic and the place is loud in general. Some this doesn't bother but for me I prefer quieter and prefer to not have dance music during dining. But the best tiramisu I've had in a LONG LONG time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood place
    bistrojay
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    a must. food always interesting, tasty; excellent service. a personal favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    DinerDisher
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The service was spot on and the food authentic. Had a fabulous anniversary dinner. Found it on Tripadvisor. Locals or friends hung out at the bar and management seemed to consider them family in a true Italian sense of the word. Delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and venue but rushed out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The food was really nice and service was good, drinks were topped up regularly until my wifes wine was finished and they didnt even ask if she wanted another they just cleared up. It felt like they had fed us and just wanted the table for the next customer. Very busy and popular. For a longer meal and drinks i would try elsewhere in future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Great food , charming and engaging staff. Go there . you won't be dissapointed!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stan
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Excellent food and service! The food was oustanding and very fresh. The service was excellent! Highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly, Accomodating, Fun......great meal
    Excellent
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    LOved this place. Great location in the Village. FRiendly, attentive staff. We had the fried pizza and the prosciotto and arugula pizza as appetizers. They were sensational. I ordered the carbonarra which was fanatastic. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid food
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    All-in-all, it's good, but not great Italian. We waited 15 minutes for our reservation to be filled (which I expect on a busy Friday night) and were treated to a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Good management! The starters we selected were truffle risotto balls and meatballs (yes, we were in a round mood). Both were great! Kind of a step back from here. They brought out the salad with the pasta course. What? This is one of my biggest pet peeves. Why would you bring two dishes at once? As for the dishes, the artichoke salad and fennel salad were very good and properly dressed with the right amount of oil to acid. The pasta dishes were so-so. The farro risotto had too much oil over it and the lamb ragu barely had any ragu. Perhaps we got an off night, but based on rhe amazing reviews this place gets, I felt let down a bit.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always love this restaurant, on every level. I
    Ellis
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    One of the great aspects of what is always a terrific restaurant is that the gluten free pasta is actually good. That's hard to find. That's far from the only thing we love about Raffele, but it's an unusual aspect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leave room for the panna cotta!
    lioneleats
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in NYC. The gnocco fritto topped with slices of prosciutto melts in your mouth. All of the pastas are great -- we had the specials -- farotto with sausage and pachi with seafood. Both phenomenal. And for dessert, literally the best panna cotta in the world -- ask for the 30-year aged balsamic on top; and the pistachio semi freddo. Both unbelievable! Plus some light conversation in italian with the all-Italian staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Visited Rafele on Saturday night. Great looking restaurant and very vibrant. The food quality was good. I did find the quantities very scarce. and the service on the slow side.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I have been twice within two weeks because it is rare to find a truly authentic Italian restaurant outside of Italy. Everything is perfectly done and presented. Service is wonderful. It is so fantastic to be able to step off the NY streets and into Italy where you are treated to something extra on the house, which is a wonderfully truly Italian signature. The cheesecake is off the hook...forewarning! This will become my second home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable food
    DallasVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    8 lunches and dinners in 4 day visit to NY and this was our favorite. The fried pizza dough with prosciutto set the tone for a delectable dinner. And the attentiveness of management was the icing on the cake. I'd eat there weekly if I lived in NY
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real gem
    Veetwo
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Simply brilliant, great food, great ambience and great service. What more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TonyVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    First time at Rafele. Will definitely make this a regular stop when in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Pasta!
    pauline
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I love to eat and especially before running the NY Marathon. There were 4 of us and we needed our pasta fix; Rafeles was fabulous! Each of us tried one another's pasta and we were all thrilled. I had the gnochhi which was fabulous. We were still talking about how good the food was a few days later - would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greatfood
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Good was great, service was very good. The atmosphere was nice as it got busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliabke
    Ndi60VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The place to go without overthinking it. Good quality food always made very reliably. Good wine list. Balanced price vs performance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    dschrick
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Every item we ordered was superb. The steak was cooked perfectly. The gnocchi was very tasty and melt in your mouth good. The lamb ragout was very good, even if it could have had a bit more lamb in it. The desserts were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good "local" to have
    eoj2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Nothing pretentious, casual, good food and outdoor space. Nice place to go to when you do not feel like cooking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best calamari and mire
    FoodieFiend
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The restaurant is chic. I expected more old time village appeal but it is very comfortable and updated. The calamari is very untypical with lite breeding. The best I've had. The fish stew comes out in a big bowl with a thin baked bread dome encasing it. Steam pours out when cut open. Absolutely delicious with clams, mussels, fish, octopus and prawns. This is a great restaurant all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Anthony
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great place, atmosphere, food, service .....great find. Worth doing your research to find places like this
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch service.
    WidePalate
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Let us try 3 different wines before buying the bottle. And gave us a discounted price.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just like being in Umbria.
    Reynoh
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This is authentic, rustic Italian, run by a very affable staff with excellent service. The host and servers treat us like honored guests every time we walk through the door, bending over backwards to meet our requests, even when they're jam packed. The flowers on display in the open kitchen, along with the glow of the wood burning oven, create a warm, romantic atmosphere. The selection of fresh, seasonal ingredients in dishes that are executed to perfection makes me feel like I'm sitting in the middle of a family run farmhouse restaurant: Fresh, handmade pastas, crispy thin crust pizzas, whole roasted fish, perfectly seasoned, juicy steaks, roasted chicken and octopus, salads and lots of vegetable sides. I'm thrilled I found this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great italian
    Lee2italian
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Rafele is a great italian reataurant , went on a Saturday night and has a great atmosphere ! The food quality is sublime and the meat balls were superb ! Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sat outside
    Disappointed2014VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Loved eggplant starter that comes with the bread. Very loud outside hearing subway go by.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great food and service for Thursday night around 8 PM. It was a bit hectic inside, with the open kitchen and almost full house, so we ate outside, was a great experience. Certainly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian in the Village
    RLCinVAVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We came here after sampling an appetizer on the Greenwich Village Food Tour. We absolutely loved it. Every bite of everything was spectacular. Eat here, you won't regret it. Italian is our favorite, so we are not easily impressed, but Rafele managed to impress us greatly. We'll be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite New York Restaurant
    Tombo
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My wife and I love coming to New York to enjoy all that this wonderful city has to offer including our favorite Italian restaurant Rafele. We found Rafele's through the "Greenwich Village Food and Culture Tour" last year. As part of our honeymoon in 2013, we traveled to Italy after our stay in New York. Though the food was good in Italy, we felt that the food at Rafele's was even better. We just wish this restaurant was in San Francisco!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and acommodating staff
    Lenore
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We showed up 30 minutes early for our dinner reservation but were seated right away with a smile. The host was friendly and helpful. We asked if he could turn the music down a bit, since we were sitting under the speaker, and he did so right away, again with a smile. However, we had many different waiters, and they did not seem to talk to each other, so we had to repeat ourselves sometimes. It was peculiar. The food was good, especially the burrata and arancini appetizers. The pasta (the petolle ragu and the ravioli) were a bit too oily but were very tasty. The rafele pizza is enormous and lacking in acidity. We would order it again if it had a balsamic vinegar reduction. They had a good wine list and the food was reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but... Don't go at brunch.
    KevinHVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had brunch which was good (salmon eggs benefict) but I should have stuck with Italian. Again it was good but did not get the full Italian experience. $12 for a mimosa is insane!! Totally inssne!! Unfortunately my date had 2! Yikes!! Most places throw you a free one - not here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderf and fun evening
    OttawalovesNYC
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were so happy we had chosen Rafele's for dinner in NYC. The staff was accommodating and friendly. The atmosphere was fun and noisy. The ambiance was exactly what we were looking for. The food was magnificant and the service was excellent. There are so many restaurants in NYC but we will go back to Rafele's again. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    GiovanniVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Rafele is the one place we never say no to. We love the food, the setting, and, most of all, the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Restaurant
    joroCfromTO
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We were lucky to find this restaurant on our last visit to New York. The food was incredible. Probably one of the most delicious meals I have had in a very long time. The staff and service we received was top notch. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates good food and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Evening
    Cali
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Rafele was a perfect for a special occasion dinner in a great neighborhood. The open kitchen is entertaining, and the food outstanding. Our party of four immensely enjoyed everything we had - from the wine, to cheese platter, to the panzanella salad, to the gnocci, to the lamb special. The service was great, and we will definitely come back when visiting our daughter in Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Greatdining
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food and service were excellent. We were very happy with this choice except for the drilling across the streeth. My wife loved her zupa de pesca and I my pasta special
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sani
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Perfect dinner, romantic, elegant. Amazing food. Great service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large group, great service and food
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I went with a group of ten or more and the restaurant rose to the occasion. Very friendly, good service, delicious food. Very relaxed and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian!
    Italian4Real
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We came during the day on the Greenwich Village Food Tour and sampled the Eggplant Rolatini, which prompted our decision to try to eat here for dinner. The place was booked up until 9 but we didn't care since we had just finished an eating extravaganza. We came early hoping to get seated and we did! Favorites of the night include gnocchi and ricotta cheesecake. Fabulous! Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    SandramerleVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    exceptional food, outstanding maître d, this restaurant would not be the same without Pierro, he is so hospitable and clearly does an excellent job. Every time I have dinner here, I dream of returning for the phenomenal food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet