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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (17)
Casual (17)
Comfort Food (17)
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Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for Groups (16)
People Watching (15)
Fun (14)
Good for a Date (13)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Cozy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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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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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Have come here for years! It never changes, great experience every time.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great taste and service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 25, 2017

A New York Little Italy institution, La Mela has delivered for over 50 years. Good food , large portions, Great location in the heart of Mulberry Street. Fun friendly atmosphere. Get a large bottle of red wine on the table and enjoy!

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, People Watching, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We had made a reservation on a Friday during the feast of San Gennaro. When we arrived the maitre d' told us (arrogantly) that we would not be able to sit outside unless willing to wait a long time. We took a table inside, it was very noisy, we left without ordering dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

No matter how busy, the food and service is always top notch!

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

We wanted to eat dinner in Little Italy but were unsure because of many conflicting reviews. Nevertheless, we made reservations at La Mela primarily because it accepted online reservations at our preferred time. Upon arrival, we were immediately seated and served some great bread. Our waiter made specific recommendations and we went with traditional spaghetti and meatballs and linguini with seafood. The seafood was aawesome while the meatballs were average. I was most surprised by the fact there were only two other couples having dinner during our brief stay.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

The food is always good !! The service is great we love it here!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We had the five course for two. The desert plate was very good. The ice cream and fruit , the tartuffo were great, the cheesecake not so much. The pasta plate had tortellini alfredo or carbonara it was ok. The gnocchi was great , and the rigatoni marinara was sub-par , not enough sauce, but it was perfectly al-dente. The meat plate had shrimp parm, chicken cacciatorre, and chicken franchise. Shrimp was ok, cacciatore was by far the best of the three. The chicken franchise was horrendous, lacked flavor and the chef didn't cook alcohol enough. The antipasto had nice roasted garlic, yummy roasted peppers, ok asparagus , and not so yummy stuffed mushrooms. Overall you get a lot of food for your money ;however, the food is not great.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Have been eating at La Mela for so many years now, that we took our daughter's children to dinner there on this trip to New York. Never disappointing. True Little Italy experience in NYC!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great food and service - great atmosphere but waiter serving us could have been a but more enthusiastic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We have been coming to La Mela for 20 years- always consistently good food, friendly service and the best place to eat in Little Italy!

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Although we had a reservation for 6:30, we arrived early and were promptly seated. The wait staff immediately welcomed us and was prepared to answer any questions. The food was very good and we would definitely return to try other dishes on the menu.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 3, 2017

We were treated like queens for a very special birthday. Ask about the special cake they will serve. Definitely an unforgettable evening. Thanks Granite!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We really enjoyed la mela as a way to experience mulberry street and little Italy. The service was great and the food selection and quality was very good.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 30, 2017

While my husband and I were visiting New York City, this place was recommended to us. It was a huge disappointment. I was hoping for authentic Italian. I have traveled extensively in Italy, and this is definitely not authentic. There were plaid, vinyl table clothes, laminated menus and a terrible wine list. I could not even finish my dinner because it literally tasted like the Olive Garden to me. The service was the worst part to me. Rude waiter that only answered questions, made no suggestions and never smiled once.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We have been coming here for years. Always a great time!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great food - atmosphere and very friendly and accommodating.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Great place for a large group. Food is tasty and the price is good as well. We had an enjoyable night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

What a ball! Our server Grennette (sp?) was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was fabulous! We had a large group and sat outside on a beautiful evening. We all had a great time!

Tags: Casual, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fun, Special Occasion, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This restaurant reminded me of banquet hall. Large groups seemed to be the norm. A lot of people order the family style. Here in lies the problem. It is mass produced food and then delved out in smaller serving units. PASTA does not serve well when it is cooked 30 minutes before and then doctored up with some sauce and reheated. Waiter was absolutely harried and out of control. Got our one non-family style order mixed up and then didin't understand English enough to correct. Finally. slow service caused us to be 15 minutes late for theater.
Much better options are available in Little Italy.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 14, 2017

It was great! Service was awesome, food was delicious. Huge authentic Italian dishes that we all enjoyed!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

tremendous food, great service and great value. we love La Mela!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Food was terrific, waiters were friendly and attentative, music was great and it was worth the trip to Little Italy. We will definitely come back when we are in New York!!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great red and white checked table cloth NYC Italian dining in Little Italy.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Great tasting food. Fantastic service. Not rushed, but still very attentive. People have great attitude and the food is to die for. All at a great value. Always try to make it there when I am in New York.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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