La Mela

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
La Mela has been delighting people with delicious and generous portions of Italian food for over thirty years. La Mela is famous as a staple of Mulberry Street in New York's Little Italy. We have a full a la carte menu of mouthwatering dishes and desserts, as well as the family style dining that has made us famous for delicious and plentiful food. Come down, have fun, and make yourself at home. We'll treat you like family. Family we like.
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Nick
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service. Get out and keep these businesses around.

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JamieR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your looking for authentic Italian this is the place for you. My personal recommendation is the chicken piccata. You can cut through the chicken with your fork it’s so tender!!

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PatriciaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Mela never disappoints. Loved being outside on such a great evening for dinner.

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VanessaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a wonderful experience at La Mela. We go each year for the San Gennaro festival and since it’s cancelled this year, we still had to continue the tradition. The service and food was, as always wonderful. We had the family style meals with the 3 dish option. Just a great time supporting the local community.

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SusanneB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would absolutely recommend to eat there! I wish I lived closer! Everyone enjoyed their food and there was enough to take home! I will definitely be back!

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gyosco
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely splendid! Their outdoor seating section is adorable, the staff is very friendly, and you get a great meal. Definitely recommend!

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IsaacH
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff was super friendly and helpful with the surprise birthday dinner I planned with my friends. They were very understanding when we arrived late and they took great care of us.

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Jessie
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

La Mela was a good experience. The food was really good. The desserts not so much. We tried the Tiramisu and cheese cake but both were bad. Tiramisu was super sweet and the cheese cake tasted like freezer burn and was very hard. Because it was outdoor dining and it was very hot out that day, I believe this contributed to 2 bugs getting into my glass of wine twice. Our waiter changed the glass of wine so that was great! Other than that, it was a good time. I would eat here again. Just won't get dessert here : )

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Jkonyc
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pandemic outdoor dining experience.

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vipLocal
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Outdoor dining abides by social distancing, they don’t pack you in like other places.

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vipjkehlet
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this place. Have gone here for 20 years every time I’m in Manhattan. They never fail on the good food and the excellent service!

I would have tipped more than 20%, but I understand why they make it “tourism friendly” by adding the tip to the bill.

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vipKatie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Pretty touristy and inauthentic Italian in Little Italy.

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MauriceB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food on Mulberry street. Loved the veal and the service

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ElizabethD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I have enjoyed this restaurant for many years. Always a go to place when I’m in the city. Have brought lots of people here and recommended to others when they are going to the city. Family style is the way to go so you can sample all of their delicious dishes.

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PenniM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and wine were great! Always have a good time at LaMela's!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ade was amazing. He was perfect with timing and accommodating our needs.. not to mention adorable. This is our favorite place to come when visiting the city, it never disappoints!

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WENDYM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the food but I HATE HATE HATE when it's someone's birthday (which is all the time) and they literally THROW a METAL plate on the floor. It's obnoxious!!! I stopped going to another favorite place because it's did I say obnoxious?

I also don't get why everyone is so drunk there? Trust me, I buy the double bottle of wine and do a good job of finishing it off w/my bf but people just get stupid there...

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kreeves
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There was some confusion with the seating at the beginning but once seated all went well. Food was fantastic and so was our waiter.

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CarrieB
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at several of the restaurants in Little Italy when we visit NYC. None of them really blew us away, and then we found La Mela. On the outside, it doesn't look like much, but the ambiance and the food is incredible! There was a guitarist walking from table to table singing the Italian Classics which really made the experience feel like we weren't eating in a typical Italian restaurant. We loved it! My son ordered the Spaghetti and Meatballs and they were HUGE! He loved every bite and quickly claimed that he wanted to come back again and again. I had the Chicken Parmesan and it was divine. I highly recommend La Mela and we will definitely be back to visit!

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philipv
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect valentines day dinner! Looking forward to going back next time we are in Manhattan.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for Valentine’s Day. The food was delicious! I recommend the eggplant parm and calamari. So good!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at La Mela and it did not disappoint. It is quickly becoming one of our favorite places for date night. We came for Valentine’s Day and everything was superb. The food, the service. All of it. We did the mystery bottle of wine and it was a great deal! We will be back again and again and again!

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James
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. The service and the food. Would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Everything was cold. I have been going here since 1990 and take a lot if people here. Seems the hot appetizers don’t taste as good as they use to, the bread is different, and the tomatoes were not ripe. Need to make sure at least the pasta is hot when they bring it out.

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DanS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Never disappointed. Staff is attentive.

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Mcfamilyx4
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love La Mela! Have been coming here for over 20 years. Recently went to another Italian restaurant uptown last time in NYC and we were so disappointed that we had to come back to La Mela this time when we were visiting the city. The food never disappoints, very authentic and delicious. The service is always very good as well. We highly recommend La Mela restaurant to anyone visiting the NYC Little Italy area.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food excellent and environment very nice. Party of 15 and very accommodating and efficient!

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vipCAMD29
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service, atmosphere and value, as always!!

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vippoorservicegoodfood
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

food very good but service indifferent and they apply 20% service charge so you cannot make your displeasure clear in tip. i would not bother going back which is a shame bc the food is indeed very good. unfortunate example of why/how Little Italy died.

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BradR
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely phenomenal as we heard it would be. Waiters were attentive and the food was awesome. The only thing is there is an automatic 20% gratuity which is fine with me except we bought two T-shirts and they put the gratuity on those also. That’s pretty bad form. Ha!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Birthday dinner for 2. Seated in large noisy room even after I said it was to loud. People next to us got up and left due to noise level . Poor service and food just OK. Guess that’s why 20% gratuity already added to bill. Might be good for large parties but for 2 looking for ambience go somewhere else

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vipJLK10
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love La Mela

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vipSueZ
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday celebration. We had a wonderful time. The food was good, the staff was attentive and they even got other patrons to join in singing happy birthday!

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vipCgkcpa
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite! Abondanza! Don’t eat for a few days before you go -hahah.

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JoeC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve. Absolutely fantastic.

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vipAmyB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The family style dining is such a great deal, nice variety of food, and it’s great that they let you do it if you only have two people!

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PeteB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time visiting La Mela... as expected, the food, service and atmosphere was amazing!!!

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FredN
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I've been dining at La Mela since 1994. I now live in PA and come up when I can. The food is consistently delicious. There are many good restaurants on Mulberry Street. La Mela is my favorite!

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vipEdwardC
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is a real tourist reap but it's fun to come to once in awhile. Decent pasta- plentiful wine, good atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food as always

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La Mela is rated 4.6 stars by 1158 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.