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
194 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (110)fit for foodies (96)great for outdoor dining (80)good for groups (61)romantic (58)special occasion (55)notable wine list (38)hot spot (25)great for brunch (24)great for lunch (24)kid-friendly (17)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (12)scenic view (8)Show More
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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).
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  • 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
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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
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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
    • Food
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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.
  • 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
    • Food
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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.
  • 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.
  • Amazingly authentic Italian
    Rebecca
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice!
    UWSdadVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
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  • Savory on 7th Ave!
    Silvagrl
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    GLLE
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mcttVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Muito bom!
    TTrefiglio
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Great value for money
    mgarcia2
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent value for money! Great service and good food. Nice place in NY
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!
    dineroftheyearVIP
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic find!
    PattyAVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highlight of the trip
    Bluejay
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Atmosphere
    Chief
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Everything was excellent. The food was delicious and authentic, the wine was perfect, and the service was excellent. Really a great find.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Italian in lower Manhatten
    John
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate