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About La Mela

La Mela has been delighting people with delicious and generous portions of Italian food for over twenty five 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.

167 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner Nightly: 3:30pm - 2:00am

Cross Street:
Grand Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 431-9493

Website:
http://www.lamelarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
We have live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Catering:
Please call or email with all catering inquiries.

Parking Details:
There is convenient metered and free street parking available (read the signs carefully), as well as a lot around the corner from La Mela on Broome Street with hourly and daily rates.

Public Transit:
Take the 6 train to Spring Street, the N & R train to Prince Street, the D & B trains to Grand Street, the Q, N, R, 6 & J trains to Canal Street, or the F, D, B, M & 6 trains to Broadway Lafayette.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Mon - Fri 3:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Private Dining

At La Mela, we love to host special events and private functions. Have a memorable corporate event, holiday party, engagement party, wedding rehearsal, bachelorette party, bridal shower or baby shower in one of La Mela's dining rooms. We have years of experience helping people celebrate!

La Mela Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (24)
Comfort Food (22)
Good for Groups (22)
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Casual (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Fun (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Good for a Date (10)
Kid-friendly (10)
Special Occasion (10)
People Watching (10)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Business Meals (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Cozy (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Romantic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Very much enjoyed the tasty large portions And laid-back atmosphere. Everyone was very friendly. Reasonably priced.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Came Day after snow storm. Very quiet. Not many customers. Staff took very good care of us. Food was cooked well. Calamari was fresh and tender.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food not as good as it used to be. Garlic Chicken used to be to die for, now it’s just good

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was awesome and service was terrific. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Place was great food was even better. Staff was friendly and the food was at our table in no time at all . Thank you for the experience

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Seasonal, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food is bad, and service was awful. My daughters did not like their food at all.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was amazing and service was excellent. I really enjoyed the decor.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Awesome as usual. Always consistant food and service

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent as always. Don't be afraid to leave some food to take home as it tastes just as great the next day. Very happy they had our table for 7 waiting for us right on time. We bypassed a lot of people waiting for a table.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Poconos)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Service was wonderful! No manicotti on the menu but I happened to ask the waiter and they made it for me anyway. Best homemade marinara in little Italy!! Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent food (pasta) Cannoli was superb.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This is our family tradition to go to La Mela on Christmas Day. We love it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Enjoyed casual Christmas Dinner with family. Pasta was outstanding. Meat dish arrived late and dry but not a deal breaker. Sing a long guitar player made up for it. Fun.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went as family of 4 for Christmas Eve dinner ,wonderful oval shaped platters for your individual meal, everyone goes home with half their meal ,great place to eat in little Italy,we were serenaded by a guitar playing troubadour. Authentic Italian food ,great service ,great meals,thank you La Mela

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 18, 2017

A great authentic Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Definitely a highlight of our trip! The linguine and clams is to die for!

Tags: Organic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Love this place!! Don’t go to nyc and miss la mela.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We never miss La Mela on our annual Christmas trip - the food is always outstanding and it's perfect for a big group looking to catch-up

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food and fun experience for my great niece’s first visit to NYC and Little Italy! Thanks guys ....

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Seated immediately. Our waiter was excellent! Had a very enjoyable evening. Was not rushed at all!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

From start to finish we had staff willing to help us with anything we needed. They were excellent! (They were very helpful in getting our stroller through the very busy space.)
The food was exactly what we wanted and expected. The atmosphere is amazing. Do yourself a favor and eat from their family style menu.

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 25, 2017

11 family members of all ages, including an 8 month old, had a great dinner. Food and service were amazing. A great place for a family get together.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Authentic is the word for this restaurant. The food was great.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Disappointing all around. Went there for thanksgiving lunch. The service was terrible. They didn’t bus our plates or refill waters. The food was underwhelming. I don’t know how this place got so many good reviews. The linguini with mussels was sandy. Yuck. The mushroom ravioli was good though. The only partially bright spot in the meal.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

What a fun place to eat in the heart of little Italy!! We had a large group and they were very accommodating to us!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent food and service. Couldn’t have had a better time!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food and always so much fun. Come hungry!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We've been going for decades. It feels like home. WE're always greeted with enthusiasm and it NEVER disappoints!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, People Watching, Fun, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was not very good from the pasta, to the soup, to the entree. the staff was great.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

We had a team meeting at La Mela and it was a great place for us to talk and enjoy each other's company. The staff were attentive and the food was authentic and delicious. We will visit again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We sat outside and the maitre d stood over us and spoke, no, screamed, at friends who passed by and at times conducted a conversation at the same noise level as a scream making it impossible to hear or talk at our table. Terrible. Ruined the dinner. Couldn't get out fast enough.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Had the best chicken parm of my life here!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

DO NOT TAKE YOUR FAMILY HERE! I had some family in from out of town and wanted a classic little Italy experience. A male genitalia light fixture was hanging above our table, which included my 7-year-old nephew and elderly aunts and uncles. I am not usually prudish but the waitstaff often were yelling and turning it on and off to draw attention to it, shouting "Ladies, make a wish!". Humiliating, sexist, and profoundly distasteful for a dinner crowd. Had I wanted this experience for my family I would've taken them to a bachelorette party, bar, or strip club. Shame on you, La Mela. Food was just ok.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Have been going to La Mela's for over 15 years....always amazing!!!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The waiter said “ don’t worry, at La Mela we feed you”. They feed you with superb service, excellent food and extreme value. Every visit to NYC includes La Mela.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very homey and energetic. Everything was great

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Family style is the way to go! A little bit of everything!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Every aspect was perfect. The gift card I'd ordered was in the register, the greater at the door was amazing, the wine, food, limoncello, just everything was great! Lots of families and smaller groups. This was my first visit to La Mela and every time I return to New York this will be a part of the trip!
Thank you to everyone at La Mela for being a highlight of my trip!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was great, we had family style. Very nice, just way too much food. We ended up skipping the main course. However, I did notice they billed my credit card twice. Will have to see how to get it corrected!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Simply wonderful food and great feel for visiting Little Italy.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Celebrating birthdays over amazing pasta! It was awesome! I'd recommend this place to anyone visiting Little Italy in NYC

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