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 Grandma's traditions is what creates the philosophy of their hospitality at Il Melograno. Buon appetito!
The food was delicious and authentic Italian. The pesto pasta my daughter had was one of the best pestos I've ever tasted. The staff was friendly and the seating was very COVID-friendly. We were a bit chilly by the end of dinner b/c the outdoor seating area doesn't have any sides and it was a bit windy, but I would happily return.
The food was delicious and service excellent. With Covid-19, they have done a great job with outdoor seating and using plastic dividers inside.
Italian food can be hard for me since I can't have pasta/gluten, but I wanted to find a place where my son and I could both enjoy a meal together. This is my new favorite Italian resto in NYC. We shared a starter of burrata, tomatoes and arugala that was out this world. It's my go-to for Italian restaurants but the freshness of the ingredients at Il Melograna puts others to shame. My son had a lasasgna that he loved and I had a great rib-eye steak and a wonderful cabernet. My son made note that the meal started with excellent bread, an uncommon thing since covid. While the avenue can be loud, the restaurant did a lovely job in creating a pretty and safe outdoor dining room. We can't wait to go back!
We love the food here. Deliciously authentic! Staff is exceptional as well!
My favorite Italian restaurant in the city-- even my Italian immigrant parents adore it. Highly recommend for a special evening.
The only place I have been during the pandemic in the area that I actually felt safe! I often see so many restaurants and bars in midtown tightly packed together ignoring safe social distancing. This place gave me hope when I and my son dined tonight. We also glanced indoor dining (as we hope to dine indoor one day when it's colder) and they were doing absolutely great with it (nicely paced tables, sparkling clean, etc). Food was also great and loved their choice of wine. I will definitely dine there again. two thumps up!
Casual and cozy. Good service, consistently good food, neighborhood friendly vibe and enjoy seeing the owners present 👌
Always a great meal!
Great place! Love the service and the food...and the prices.
We love Il Melagrano. Great food, wonderful service...reasonable prices. Lovely people. It's our favorite neighborhood restaurant, has been for years...
We ate all the specials and they were very good, great service from one of the owners.
It was great! Food was great! Drinks was great! Service was fast and amazing! Love it!
We have been dining here for years and have always been happy but this time we found the food to be bland
Amazing food and even better service. Try their Sicilian wines, too.
Another wonderful evening at our favorite spot. The outdoor dining space is beautiful, perfect for sipping one of their refreshing cocktails as the sun sets. Highly recommend the Italian Greyhound! Of course, the food is delicious too. From beautifully plated salads to speciality pastas to fresh seafood, every dish is outstanding! But, the top notch service is what really makes Il Melograno so special and keeps us coming back again and again!
Delicious food and they remembered it was a birthday and brought out a dessert with candles and sang! Beautiful night and great spot, will definitely come back!
Always excellent food and service. Highly recommended.
I dined at Il Melograno for the first time, and had the most amazing experience. I started with beet and arugula salad, which was so fresh and delicious. I then had the branzino with kale and carrot mashed potatoes. Out of this world. I finished with the chocolate souffle, which was superb. The service was outstanding and the prices most reasonable. A real diamond in the rough.
We had a great meal, enjoyed the outdoor space, our server was very attentive. I would highly recommend, it's a quaint neighborhood gem.
The service was impeccable, and the food delicious. The ambiance and view of the city made for such a romantic date. It’s not pricey at all and the cocktails were just perfect.
Food and service are always the best.
Nice small quieter place. Italian food is above average with fresh tastes and nice presentation. We’ll be back!
Little did we know that just one week ago on a perfect 70° sunny evening Monday, March 9, that we would be having our last sitting NYC restaurant meal before our "new normal". We sat at an outdoor table, enjoyed the usual warm, friendly welcome and attention of the Il Melograno staff. Wonderful food and wine, as always. We had our friend for her 2nd visit there, both with us. We can't wait to return when we all get on the other side of this and send the entire staff our best wishes. B & P, NYC 3/17/20
Everything good. Tiny restaurant, always good food, very pleasant proprietors.
What a find! Perfect hole in the wall genuine New York Italian ristorante. We loved it. Food, ambiance, service were all great. Can’t wait to visit again. Thank you OpenTable and thank you Il Melograno!
have been to this restaurant several times; my wife and I have not been disappointed; it is one of our favorite places; food and service both excellent
Wonderful food and service! We come here whenever we are in the area.
Great Italian food great service
Small, intimate space. Very attentive staff, accommodating.
Good food. Attentive service. We will be back.
Pasta is spectacular and so is the service. I had the Pappardelle with the sausage ragout and it was outstanding! Service is very friendly and makes you feel home.
Always lovely, delicious, and reasonably priced.
High ratings on OpenTable for food which the four of us all agreed was mediocre at best. Except for the burrata appetizer.
My husband's steak was really good. My risotta was okay, there was no fish in it as advertised, only mussels and shrimp. The service was very good and efficient. It was a good place to get a quick meal before a show.
Wonderful restaurant with outstanding food and excellent service.
The real deal if you’re looking for authentic Italian with old world family recipes! Genuine staff and caring owners/chef
We were celebrating birthdays with friends. The owners are so kind and accommodating. The food is pure and fabulous. The atmosphere is cozy and delightful. Our favorite spot if just the two of us or with guests. There is nothing but goodness that comes from this restaurant.
We discovered this gem of a restaurant last year, and fell in love. It's first of all DELICIOUS, and fresh, excellent menu and scrumptious food. There is a nice wine list, and excellent service. We have always had exceptional food here. We love the owner too!!! It's a great place to go and chat, relaxed and its very cozy and quiet....oh, and easy to park in the neighborhood.
Il Melograno does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.
Il Melograno is rated 4.7 stars by 601 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.