La Mela

4.8
1183 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1183 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CAMD29
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent service, food and value. Las Mela is hands down the most authentic restaurant in Little Italy.

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EricaA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best NYC Little Italy experience. I have been coming here with clients for years.

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vipLocal
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great! Service too! Their calamari is always perfect, light and great texture, not chewy or tough. Great inguini white clams, strip steak cooked perfectly medium and tender. Delicious coffee, sugar not needed. Recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The family style food was not good. The best part was the pasta course which was just ok. The meat course was not good at all. Service was slow.

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vipsyandvy
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great on a weekend during warm months when mulberry st is closed to vehicular traffic. Food is wonderful and great value. Service is good and the staff is very nice. Highly recommend

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vipPeterG
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic, "old world" Italian restaurant experience in the middle of Little Italy! GREAT food and service. Highly recommended.

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vipLocal
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, good variety of options and solid food. Their calamari is always good and consistent. Tried other spots and either not good and not consistent. Fun place with fun crowd!

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vipFoodiePilgrim
New England
42 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend declared her eggplant parmesan the best she'd ever had, and the zabaglione was a revelation. My red snapper marechiaro was brilliant and generous. Service was great. Little Italy is nicely recovered from my last visit many years ago. We'll return!

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vipAnthonyF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veal Parm and Pasta Fagioli Soup is the best in Little Italy!!!

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vipLocal
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Love their fried calamari (perfectly done) & linguine white clams! Always consistent! Thanks guys!!!

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Brian
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newly established progressive Mexican fare. With excellently prepared food. We had appetizer, main course and dessert without any sense this was a fledgling establishment. Food was well prepared and presented. The waitstaff was extremely friendly and attentive. Would highly recommend, just be aware they are not taking reservations and it will be a wait for the table. The wait is worth it.

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vipJLK10
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy La Mela!

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MiMiLaRue
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great location on Mulberry Street, small, not fancy, no fuss, great food and service. Their menu has been reduced considerably (probably because of the pandemic), but the food was incredible as always. Full bar and great desserts, too.

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vipLocal
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, very good food! Great local business, our go to for local Italian.

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ShannonL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benny and his staff went above and beyond to make our experience memorable. Food was delicious as well. Highly recommend and I will be back.

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AnelC
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The staff was super nice, very accommodative. The food was real good.

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vipGetMeOnTop
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceyas always!!!

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AdersonL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like the food and the restaurant. I will recommended it to my friends this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing.

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vipAnonymous
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we visit NYC, we go to La Mela for dinner. The vodka sauce is amazing!

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vipgeneB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made rezzies on your site and when we got there , they were CLOSED
No good

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petermack
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Mela is my favorite restaurant in Little Italy..maybe NYC, I go there as often as I can,
with friends in from out of town, first stop, but most importantly with my best friends and family on my Birthday EVERY YEAR!....A place I cherish.

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vipJB2021
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived and

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Mela is an incredible spot for delicious, not pretentious, food served family style. Even with Covid, they have retained the amazing service and quality. Extremely accommodating and my favorite place for over 20 years. Flew in from Nashville on a Sunday night and they crushed it!

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NicoleP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Never a let down. They are like family and served us even earlier than our reservation because we overestimated our arrival.

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VinG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love La Mela and have been visiting since 1994. This was my first trip back to The Great City / President Trump birthplace since October 2019, and spent a few dollars at my favorite eatery, with a good friend who enjoys visiting city with me.

Food always great. Hoping and praying for better days for NYC.

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GiselleG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Mela is the best Italian food in the city!!! Great prices for an amazing portion of food, and the service is 10/10- great people.

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Kate
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, amazing service. The outdoor dining was clean, but not the fanciest on the street – didn't bother me, but is worth noting for others. Very friendly, welcoming, and accommodating staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service and lots of leftovers!

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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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vipVanessaD
New York Area
9 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
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pandemic outdoor dining experience.

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vipLocal
New York Area
68 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.

FAQs

La Mela is rated 4.8 stars by 1183 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.