Il Melograno

4.8
694 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Il Melograno brings the best of Italy to Hells Kitchen where original receipts, hand crafted pastas and friendly hospitality come together to create a casual and unique dining experience.
All the way from Sicily, Lino and Gregory moved to New York City bringing the best of the Southern Italian culinary tradition. Nine years after opening a Sicilian restaurant and concept store in Noto (Sicily), the idea of honouring the Grandmas traditions is what creates the philosophy of their hospitality at Il Melograno. Buon appetito!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
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 694 people are saying
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4.7
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SadieJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding I loved my Pulpo dish I still can’t stop thinking about the amazing taste .

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TimothyL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service - as always! We eat here frequently and especially every year for our wedding anniversary.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening, waited quite some time for our delicious food as the place was fully booked but the team surprised us with dessert on the house which was super nice
Definitely would recommend and we‘ll be back!

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Nicholas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is, without question, the best Italian food that I have ever had! Gregory and Lino, the owners, were so warm and welcoming and you can tell that they put their heart and soul into this restaurant and its food. Lino told me that the recipes that he uses are his grandmother's recipes from when he was younger in Sicily. He must have been one lucky grandson because the flavor and quality of this food is absolutely superb!

We got the Polpo Alla Grigia for the Antipasi and it was absolutely superb. The octopus was soft and perfect. Ot was not fishy and it melted in my mouth. I have no idea how they cook it in such a way that it does not get chewy but I was amazed. The greens and orange fruit mix below are the absolute perfect flavoring combination with the octopus and of optimum freshness.

I ordered the Ravioli Di Vitello Al Burro E Salvia and my wife got the Pappardelle Al Ragout Di Salsiccia. I am usually not that impressed with restaurant ravioli for the price but this was the best dish I have ever had in any Italian restaurant. The handmade ravioli melted in my mouth and the cream sauce was the makings of a food magician. My wife's Pappardelle was also one of those dishes that doesn't tend to stand out from restaurant to restaurant but oh boy was that not the case here! The sauce was so fresh and brilliant in flavor and the noodles perfectly cooked down to the second! I have no idea how they made Pappardelle taste like a magical experience like this but my wife stuffed herself until she could not eat another bite.

Then came the dessert! The Cannoli Siciliani was also a tastebud party of the finest kind. The perfectly crisp canoli paired with the perfectly balanced and vibrant filling flavor was... perfect! The finishing touch was the candied carmelized orange strip on top that was something straight out of Willy Wonka's magical flavor factory. It was amaaaazing! I was stuffed, my wife was stuffed, and yet we devouered this dessert!

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Bryn
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderfully crafted and delicious!

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BeccaL
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is full of heart! You can taste the love in the homemade pasta!

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HowardF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food at reasonable prices. Service was excellent. A real neighborhood go-to place.

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PFGNYC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations for outside and sat outside despite a heavy rain, since the restaurant was bustling and full booked inside. The staff was great, extended the awning, and we never even got wet. The staff are all kind and engaging, and the food is delicious. If this was in walking distance from my home, it would be my neighborhood place for frequent dinners. I’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this Place. The service was fantastic - our sever was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list- which is also terrific! I actually fell in love with this place because of the wine selection! The menu has a nice selection and the food has never disappointed!
We opted to sit outside and the noise level even with street traffic is not bad at all and they do a nice job with flowers and greenery.
Il Melograno is my neighborhood go to spot and I love to take friends and family who are visiting!

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SandyW
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there on five separate occasions. The service has always been fast efficient and friendly. The food is really great. I have tried the Ravioli, Veal Chop, Eggplant, Lasagna, it's all good. The bread is also excellent.

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John
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was beyond perfect, the weather was a hot yesterday so maybe some fans would be the experience more comfortable bit overall, excellent!

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MarkC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful experience! The food is amazing, being Italian myself I can recognise the difference between authentic food and other "wannabes". I was told that most of the dishes are family recipes and I felt the passion at every bite.
The service is excellent. Owners are there all the time, which is very rare in NYC... they come and talk to you about food and wine and the entire team is very nice and helpful.
Can't wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience we will be back next time in NYC!!

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Tess
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. The staff were wonderful. Just wonderful. Had a great time

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EllPea
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely experience in terms of food and wine. Both amazing, actually. Noise levels were high; very hard to hear waiter with mask on. But overall it was so good and the food really is outstanding!!

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DimitriosP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very good food- which however took ages to be served.

Il Melograno
Responded on June 26, 2021

Hi Dimitrios, thanks a lot for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed our food and I'm sorry you had the feeling it took a long time. I checked the details of your table just to make sure what went wrong. You checked in at 8:46 pm and you left at 9:50 pm: ONE HOUR for 3 courses meal (soups, appetizers and pasta). We usually don't rush the courses so you can enjoy each of them, except if you say you have just one hour, in that case we bring everything together or we advise on what to order. Thank you

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vipjudgie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, food choices and quality were excellent. Will be back.

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EarlH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food and service are alway excellent.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good experience overall. Tasty food and attentive staff.

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Maddie
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful! Food is fabulous, and staff unbelievably kind. Owner checks on tables personally, and the atmosphere makes it great for everything from dates to dinner with family, which is a hard find in this part of mid-town. 10/10

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DebbieN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined last night outdoors at Il Melograno. Wonderful all around, will definitely go back. We had a variety of appetizers, entrees and drinks and enjoyed every one.

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KateBNYC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A neighborhood fave of mine, good for catching up with friends. Love the squid salad.

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AJTB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of the best in the city. And it is less expensive than a lot suburban-style Italian restaurants.

I eat here with friends, romantic partners, or small parties about once a month.

I never have had a bad dish or wine. The food is healthy, all pasta is homemade and fresh, and the portions are perfect. I never take home leftovers, and I never feel unhealthy as I would with pizza or parmigiana dishes.

Also, I love the owners, who work as hosts on most weekends. I advise new patrons to make a reservation on weekends, as the small size of this place limits seating (although I hope the outside seating remains forever as it doubles the seating).

This small gem is my and my husband’s favorite NYC restaurant discovery to date, and I feel confident saying that Il Melograno is the best Italian food in Hell’s Kitchen.

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Tinabet
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious, the service excellent and the ambiance convivial.

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vipMehhhhhh
Puerto Vallarta
23 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled octopus appetizer and the salmon made entree or both delicious. Servers were excellent. The chocolate cake dessert with vanilla gelato was very good. Would absolutely return.

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vipElizabethM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful experience at our favorite spot. The outdoor set up is inviting and very comfortable. The drinks are outstanding and the food is delicious. The service is exceptional and every time we visit we feel like we are among friends and family.

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vipart4fart
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Il Melograno is a solid choice. The food is well prepared and reasonably priced. There is a good wine selection. Unfortunately, when I visited the cooling system was not working and the alcohol was on the warm side. Service is competent.

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Karen
San Antonio
21 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Considering we were outside in the pouring rain, listening to the soundtrack of NYC garbage trucks and ambulances, the evening was fantastic!!! Food was as good as I remembered it, service was impeccable, and nothing got cold -- including us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a PHENOMENAL EXPERIENCE!!! The staff is incredible, the food was the best I’ve ever had, WOW!! You can tell they love what they do at this small place!!! Cannot wait to return! Ravioli all burro e salvia was TO DIE FOR. Javier and Lino are wonderful.

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JoanB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. We were in town for the weekend from Connecticut. Service, good food, great ambiance. The owners are welcoming. This is true Italian homemade food. I would definitely recommend and return.

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BillP
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food was good... not great (pollo Milanese). There were other mote interesting things on the menu. Milanese is a safe choice

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JustinH
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is small but has plenty of space for outdoor seating. The food was delicious and the staff was very very friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

All food was excellent along with attentive service. Will definitely return and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

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AndrewM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, good value

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PFGNYC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I hadn’t seen my best friend since pre-pandemic and we were looking for a place between her office and my home and stumbled upon this gem of a restaurant. We sat for hours and talked over delicious food and drinks. Our waiter was so sweet. I’m headed back with another friend this week!

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vipSMLite
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience and the food is fantastic! Authentic Sicilian Italian with the freshest ingredients. Try the TARTARE DI TONNO which is one of my favorite appetizers and our favorite pasta on the menu is the PAPPARDELLE AL RAGOUT DI SALSICCIA. Come for a visit you won’t be disappointed - support local!

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vipLucv
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the whole dinning experience great value

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RobertJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have lived in Hell's Kitchen for 23 years and this was my first visit. This is a "jewel." Wonderful experience. I will certainly return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great COVID outside seating

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lawrencea
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places for many years. We’ve never had anything other than a wonderful experience.

FAQs

Il Melograno does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Il Melograno is rated 4.8 stars by 694 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.