Rafele

4.5
1392 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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About

In the historic West Village of New York City, Chef Raffaele Ronca delivers authentic Neapolitan flavors to the Big Apple.
Rafele is committed to offering fresh ingredients coupled with the most authentic Italian foods and wine available by working closely with our farmers, markets, vendors and purveyors to bring you the highest quality of rustic Italian recipes created with a New York influence.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12PM- 3:30PM
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 12PM - 3:30PM
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5PM - 11:00PM
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Phone number
(212) 242-1999
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Raffaele Ronca
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a business meeting, Rafele's private dining room is the ideal spot for your next private event.
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Private party contact
Private Dining Coordinator: (212) 242-1999
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Morton Street
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Parking details
There is a public lot on the corner of Morton Street and 7th Ave South.
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Public transit
The nearest subway stations are:
West 4th station - A,C,E,D,B,F,M trains
Houston St and/or Christopher St - 1,2 trains
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1392 People Are Saying
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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have walked by this place so many times and, on a friends suggestion, who finally had dinner there. The ambiance was warm and comfortable and not overly trendy. The food was authentic and very delicious. We could all hear ourselves talk and we had some hearty laughs because of the easy going atmosphere. All 5 of us had nothing but praise and in a heartbeat we decided to have our next monthly dinner there. Thanks for a perfect evening! NYC could use a lot more restaurants like Rafele.

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DD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great traditional Italian dishes in a fun and lively environment. High quality food at a reasonable price point.

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SL
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find along the dreary 7th Ave South.
Fantastic take on standard Italian fare and good wine selection. Come alone or with a group it can handle them all. Friendly and helpful wait staff

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New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I've enjoyed prior visits more, but it remains a good local spot. Bar seating has nice ambiance, bartender didn't seem very happy. We really liked sitting outside for our meal during the unseasonably warm evening, but the large table next to us had loud screaming children which the adults were antagonizing to continue. Food is solid - brick oven pizza and homemade pastas never disappoint.

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and the food was amazing. We will be back!

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n
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our 2nd time here and we will return. Very good had the SCHIZZETTO
Spaghetti, clams, scallops, cherry tomatoes. 19
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TAGLIOLINI AI FUNGHI
With mixed mushrooms, truffle paté , Grana Padano. 18
Love sitting outside. Possibly too noisy for us (76 yrs) inside

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c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian in nyc for me. Quite a statement I know. Classically and expertly prepared food. Friendly, unpretentious service. Wine list is solid. The prices are so reasonable. I am not a cheesecake or dessert fan but their cheesecake is insane and just made Food and Wines top 15 in the world.

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing night! The wine was wonderful and the food was perfectly portioned. I am planning on taking my mother here for her 60th birthday.

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TM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome as usual. Great birthday dinner. Tasting menu is amazing and so much food. Thanks!

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r
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always fresh, great food well prepared.

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b
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

more than a neighborhood joint: classy, excellent food, well run and even quiet enough for a conversation.
the service is attentive, helpful and timely.

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MB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new go to Italian spot in the city. The food was absolutely fantastic. We had the eggplant appetizers, stuffed pizza triangles, pork cheek pasta, lamb ragu, and the cheesecake dessert. Everything was absolutely amazing. 100%. The dessert which was their special cheesecake was unreal. I have never had a better cheesecake in my life! If you’re considering going here, just stop and book. Go. Go. Go.

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P
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant, which is a short distance from the Cherry Lane Theater, specializes in homemade pasta. It is casual in its decor, but friendly and accommodating. The food is good and, notably, the noise level is low -- at keast relatively early on a rainy Tuesday night.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

absolutely delish! went to brunch with my 2 aunts visiting from boston. we loved everything! really cant go wrong with anything on the menu.

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MU
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Pretty good food, but our experience wasn’t the best. Chose Rafele because the Cherry Lane Theatre (close by) listed it as their “restaurant partner,” but when we asked the waiter about that, he said he had no idea what we were talking about...and we had to wait so long for our orders that we rushed through our dinners to get to an 8:00 curtain. The best thing we ate was the warm bread with vegetable compote served before we ordered. Spinach ravioli was very good, but not heated through....cool around the edges. Liked the space a lot, and would try again.

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SF
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always excellent. Have been going regularly for years.
At times gets very busy. One of our parties first course was completely forgotten. We canceled. Not an issue they are very accommodating

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EB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with amazing food!!! Excellent service and very accommodating with special requests!!!!

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m
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, excellent food, we taste pastas. I think that is their specialty and they do a good job,

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g
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. Great food, service, and atmosphere. I will continue to eat here, and recommend it to friends and family.

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n
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The bread and eggplant put on the table is not to be missed. We ate outside so it was quiet. We will be back again- Noise level inside sounded bearable for us- we are over 70. Charming ambience and great service. try the ricotta cheese cake - simple not too heavy and no citron. It's large -so share.

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding culinary experience! Be sure to have the best cheesecake in NYC!

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H
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our brunch as it was tasty and nicely served. Its proximity to the Cherry Lane Theater was a plus.

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CB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Good and service is outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor service. Took over 30 minutes to get water and place orders for drinks. Then another 15 minutes for bread and to get the drinks. Not good.

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g
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. I love this place!

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LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food- our waiter was a bit much and he disappeared near the end of our meal. Will definitely be going back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted a place to celebrate a birthday of my best friend. He loves Italian food so I decided to look for something in the neighborhood. Rafele was the best choice I made! Before even getting there, I called the restaurant to ask if his family from abroad can deliver a gift basket and they were very kind and responsive, when we arrived to the restaurant we were surprised that the table was nicely decorated and in a perfect spot.
Our server for the night was Tomasso who was absolutely phenomenal! his recommendations were spot on and his service was seamless - Thank you!!
as for the food, We decided to go for the chef's tasting menu and long story short, it is my favorite Italian menu in the city by far! the portions, the flavors the diversity and the attentiveness to dietary restrictions are not something I have encountered anywhere else before. so thank you Rafele for this experience, We for sure will be back!

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OT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can never have enough good things to say about Rafele... our go to spot twice or thrice a week. The food is delicious, and the staff makes you feel like family.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Non si può chiamare di certo cucina italiana!!

Pasta stracotta e condimenti non appartenenti alla tradizione italiana.
Pesce di scarsa qualità.
Prezzi alti rispetto alla qualità offerta.
Non fedele alla tradizione italiana.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the pasta with mushroom, it was one of the best pastas I’ve ever had!

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KS
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This an amazing West Village Italian restaurant- known for homemade pasta and fantastic appetizers and desserts. We started with house made burrata, then shared an octopus appetizer. We wrapped it up sharing pasta with wild boar. If you are having wines by the glass they are very nice about letting you taste them. Great service and a fantastic evening. Many of the folds that work there are from Itsly!

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E
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had an early dinner with a friend. Great Italian food. Fresh ingredients, good portions. If you are in the neighborhood worth the visit.

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s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed a delicious meal, a great addition to our neighbourhood!

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JM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Rafele's. Would recommend it to everyone.

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L
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

terrific italian food. come for homemade pasta, although the roast chicken was crazy good.

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JF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hosted my birthday dinner here and it was absolutely amazing! The food was delicious and it was the perfect setting for a celebration. Grazie Mille!

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very understaffed on Sunday night, August 26, which made for extremely slow service/food delivery, etc.

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TP
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Rafele is not overly inventive, nor is it talked about by foodie insiders, it's not owned by a famous restauranteur nor does it boast a celebrity chef with cookbooks to his name. But don't let any of that fool you. Rafele is possibly one of the best Italian restaurants in Manhattan, recommended to us (native New Yorkers) by friends from Milan. Rather than rely on unique preparations and inventive recipes, Rafele relies on the freshest possible ingredients for its truly amazing cuisine. Yes, you may have had prosciutto and melon before, but this is a combination of melon at its peak wrapped with obviously high-end Italian imported prosciutto, offering a contrast between the sweetness of the melon, saltiness of the prosciutto while blending the two textures, the potentially prosaic appetizer is raised to exalted heights. This is but an example. Every detail, every antipasto, insalate, pizza, pasta and entree works as well. Don't go here. Don't make Rafele popular. It will become more difficult for us to book a table. We can't wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Yum food great space.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

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