Caffe Napoli

4.5
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$30 and under
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Italian

For true Italian cuisine in the heart of Little Italy, New York City, stop in to Caffe Napoli. Outdoor seating offers a place to relax and people watch while enjoying a satisfying entrée, glass of Italian wine or a sweet dessert. For those nights when dining in isn’t an option, utilize Caffe Napoli’s convenient takeout service. With its full bar and casual atmosphere, this restaurant is a gathering place to socialize and meet new people.

Start with a beet salad or one of the multiple appetizers available, many of which are designed to be shared with the table. Entrée options include many classics like mushroom ravioli, gnocchi with pesto, tortellini Bolognese and calamari. The chicken masala is also a bit hit with regulars. For dessert, indulge in authentic tiramisu or cannoli while sipping on a fresh cup of coffee.

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Pictures of the interior are very deceiving. Place is super tiny.

We had the calamari for appetizer and they also provided garlic bread as we waited for it. Both were delicious.

My friend had the Cannelloni. She said it was pretty salty but tasted good. I had the Chicken Milanese - probably my new favorite Italian dish. Normally this dish only comes with arugula in the salad - they actually made it a house salad so you’ll have different types of leafy greens in it along with some arugula (but not much). I wasn’t a fan. It definitely took away from it.

We had the Sangiovese bottle of wine. The original we ordered was unavailable but the waiter recommended a different one that was only $28. That was a great value.

We didn’t have dessert, with Ferrara’s just up the block and with my friend having recently moved to NYC from California, I just had to take her.

Would I go again? Probably not. With so many other Italian restaurants in the area I would probably branch out. It’s good, but nothing really to write home about.

Decor definitely needs sprucing up. I get keeping the 40 year old vibes but I didn’t even get that when I walked in. Tables are also very close together so unless you’re really quiet the table next to you can hear everything you say and vice versa.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They could not have been any nicer. Food was so yummy.

TK
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the beet salad, the filet of sole with rigatoni, and the tartufo for dessert. Everything was fresh and tasty and the service was wonderful. A terrific spot for people-watching in Little Italy.

RW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pizza we’ve tasted in along time. Great atmosphere and Great value for money.

d
Las Vegas
54 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We were in New York and had been there before. Food was mediocre at best and way to much which was not explained to us. Service was good. There seemed to always be a line to the restroom which was right next to our table.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food1service3ambience4

The food wasn’t great at all. And extremely overpriced.

BB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Service was abrupt and direct. Drinks weren't delivered until after food arrived. No recommendations or friendliness. Food was mediocre.

OT
New York Area
286 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Except for the location on Mulberry St., in Little Italy, it's nothing special. Maybe I'm spoiled living in NYC.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Been there many times for lunch and loved it. In comparison, dinner was a little disappointing. Very different vibe from the servers. Seemed to just want you to hurry up and go away!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

High school graduation for daughter

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my third trip to NYC and also to Caffe Napoli. The service was amazing as was the food. We went for a friend's 40th birthday and the staff sang Happy Birthday while bringing out a tiramisu for her, on the house. Authentic food, great atmosphere...I will be back!

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bread and olive oil was delicious and a great start to our meal. The chicken piccata and chicken francaise were both fantastic!

JS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This instantly became my favorite place in NYC. The hospitality was unmatched and the food was out of this world! They truly do treat you like family here. They have a variety of specials that they describe to you in a way that will make you salivate. My entire party enjoy their dishes 11/10! I will certainly be back SOON.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my friend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and service were all excellent. Very friendly people. Definitely recommend.

JE
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My all time favorite Italian! Great every time. I recommend to all of my friends

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a very last minute late reservation and when we walked in we were catered to from the very moment we were outside walking past it. They knew who we were, wished me a Happy Birthday, and promptly took our order. The service was amazing and so specialized. I felt like I was important. The food was the best Italian food I’ve ever had, and when it came to dessert i was so full but I couldn’t stop eating the tiramisu. The whole restaurant, all the staff included sang happy birthday and I’ve never felt so special. Thank you for an amazing end to an amazing birthday weekend.

C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hosted my holiday dinner here and it was perfect. Great food and great service :)

MM
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was super. All four of us loved their dish.

N
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday season magic. This us our "go to" place for a festive holiday season dinner. Beautiful setting in Little Italy and the food never disappoints. We like the quieter north dining room

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder atmosphere and the staff really made you feel at home. Excellent meal with great attention to prep and presentation. Great experience and can’t wait to return.

SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service, quick but didn't feel rushed. Great atmosphere!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That fettuccine Alfredo was delectable! Like I wanted to go back again before my vacation was over. But unfortunately the storm interrupted our trip and we ran out of time. I would definitely go back if I make it back to NY for another vacation. The only downside was the size of the plate. I wanted a second plate but had to leave room for cheesecake. Was happy with the experience.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Parents were in town to visit & decided to take them here- it was definitely the right choice! From the second we sat down until we finished dessert, we had a great dining experience!

M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from the maitre de to the service and food. Felt like we were in Naples Italy. Grazie!

AB
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entire restaurant is open to the streets, which are closed off from vehicles. There are people walking and singing down the streets of Little Italy. They have gluten free penne which can be substituted for most pasta dishes. The food tastes great.

K
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I specifically seek out recommended places every time i come to Little Italy when In NYC. The food was good here and would recommend. HOWEVER, be mindful of the drinks. If you get soda or tea or anything NOT water they will charge every time you get a refill. Every place i have been to does not do this. I did not see it on menu nor was i told by waiter at beginning of, or each time a refill was asked for. Keep this in mind when ordering or choosing locations.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was FABULOUS! The food was amazing, the service was amazing, and the atmosphere was THE BEST! Louis was great!!

K
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time. Our party of 14 were treated so good by our wonderful waiter. The food was fabulous and service impeccable. We go every year when we are in New York. Wouldn’t miss the opportunity to dine here. Friendly and family oriented.

A
Key West
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Café Napoli for over 20 years and have never been disappointed. Always the best food, atmosphere, and service. The food is amazing, but save room for dessert! We sat inside because it was a bit chilly, but on a nice day the outdoor seating is the best - great people watching and a wonderful atmosphere. So glad this is one place in Little Italy we can always count on :)

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Celebrating Mother’s Day. Below average food and high prices
Might be because we are in NYC. Will not go back and certainly don’t recommend it

T
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful team assisting ever need to enjoy your meal! ✅

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic freshly made Italian food. Worth every penny, and an atmosphere that can't be missed. With doors opening up into Little Italy, the tableau of NUC street life really brings the whole experience together.

I make it a point to come here anytime I am in NYC and I am never disappointed.

Plus, Cafe Napoli is just around the corner from the Ferrara Bakery!

FM
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We let these folks know this was our pre-wedding bash. The service was spotty, the food was so-so. Pick somewhere else.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my favorite places to eat never disappointed ......love this place!

OA
Philadelphia
102 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2014
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Nothing special about this place. Tried it because we had not been before. Most of our group enjoyed their meals (menu specials were best), but nothing was extraordinary. Saturday evenings are busy and a bit noisy... and the room is tight. Overall, not bad. But with some many other options available, not in a rush to go back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2014
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was not too good, the ambiente hectic.
The cola consistet of more ice than cola.
The gratuity was already included with 18%.

JE
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I have been going here for 9 years! I love everything.

NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience3

General:
Generous portions of house wine in carafes.
They don't go skimpy with their dipping/sauces/portions.

Specifics:
Good pasta (I had the mushroom ravioli and it was good, but something you could buy at a top-end store).
Offered us glass of sangria to try it - it's pretty good but we went with the house wine by the carafe (filled to the brim).
Feels exactly like a friendly neighborhood gem.
You may want better ambience for special occasions.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service was excellent, I would highly recommend having dinner here.