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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.
New York, NY 10013
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner Nightly: 3:30pm - 2:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Please call or email with all catering inquiries.
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.
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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