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About Rafele

We are committed to offering fresh ingredients coupled with the most authentic Italian foods and wine available.
We work closely with our farmers, markets, vendors and purveyors to bring you the highest quality of rustic Italian recipes created with a New York influence.

29 Seventh Ave. South
New York, NY 10014
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Lunch :Monday -Friday :12pm - 3:30 pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 3:30pm

Cross Street:
Morton st,

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 242-1999

Website:
http://www.rafele.com/

Catering:
Please contact the restaurant directly for catering options.

Parking Details:
There is also a public lot, corner of Morton st and 7th ave south

Public Transit:
The nearest subway stations are:
West4 on 6th ave where A,C,E,D,B,F,M trains are available and Christopher st station where number 1 train is available.

Executive Chef:
Raffaele Ronca

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.

Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Coordinator: (212) 242-1999

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Rafele Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (52)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Good for a Date (42)
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Fit for Foodies (42)
Casual (39)
Special Occasion (34)
Great for Outdoor Dining (29)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Cozy (24)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Fun (23)
Good for Groups (23)
Comfort Food (23)
Romantic (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Business Meals (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
People Watching (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a large group and it was our first time there. I wanted to go in support of a donation that had been made to a foundation that my husband and I support. The Christmas decor was beautiful and we got seated in a private little corner. The trouble was that our waitress didn’t seem to want to be bothered with us. We had questions and she answered very quickly and had a thick accent so it was hard for us to understand. Since we were a group of 8 the gratuity was already added and our group doesn’t have a lot of drinkers for various reasons, so I guess she didn’t feel the need to work for her tip. Pretty disappointing. We would have liked to bless her with more like we did at other establishments in the city. Probably won’t return.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

The food here is excellent—never had a bad meal! I will return again and again—one of my favorites in the West Village.

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Romantic, Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Organic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Loved everything about this restaurant and would highly recommend it to friends and colleagues.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined 6 days ago

Such an amazing restaurant! It was so good that we came back a second day in a row. The service by Nicolo also made the meal such a special experience as he was so well-versed in every course and the wine list. This is my new favorite restaurant in NYC.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Best experience my entire time in NYC. Other than getting engaged, of course.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

There were five of us coming from the theater. We had zucchini blossoms, fried artichoke, burrata and Melania for apps. They were all superb. We moved into pasta with pork jowl, fish stew , calamari, margarita pizza and plain spaghetti. All but the fish stew were super. The fish stew was really a matter of taste because someone else liked it very much.

Deserts- cheesecake maybe best in NY or close. Chocolate lava, I’ve had before but it doesn’t matter it was also something available lots of places delicious.

We were all thrilled tho two of us were there before. It’s an excellent restaurant. We came in a bit after 5. We left a little after seven and the line was outside and they were about to be packed. So make a reservation.

Service couldn’t be better nor can the value.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent authentic Italian dishes. Convivial atmosphere. Not pretentious.
Pastas and other entrees very well executed and portions abundant.
Complimentary eggplant with the bread basket is a nice and delicious signature touch.
Pricing ok. Service was friendly but uneven. Would definitely return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Un repas correct, mais pas exceptionnel. Le service est bien et amical. Les portions sont genereuses

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very good food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

A relaxed late lunch after crowd thinned out. Authentic Italian dishes, including some not often found in New York like puntarelle salad. Welcoming, responsive service and well priced, generous portions. We’ll be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving - it was perfect, as we had a vegan w/ us that nite.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Loved the Thanksgiving dinner! It was an awesome menu and vibe. I will definitely come back next year for the occasion and in the near future!!

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Back again after two year absence from nyc. Made reservations day after trip planned!!! This is my wifes and my favourite restaurant in nyc! Fabulous service and food is unbelievable. Will eat here at least three meals out of ten in the city😎.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Rafele is just a perfect place. Everyone who works there is a joy and the food is always consistently excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Cozy, Casual, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving day lunch.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

I picked this restaurants as one of our special nights while in NYC. We arrived early for an early dinner. We were the only table in the restaurant. The service was OK at best as it was hard to get suggestions and refills. (BTW no free refills on Soda). Service was just Blah. They were not rude or mean but definitely did not make me or my family feel comfortable. It was strange. I thought the food was good but not great. There were some things we ordered that were good like the pork cheek pasta, calamari, artichoke salad. Other items like the fried pizza was not very good.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

This restaurant is out of this world! We just returned to the US from Italy, so it suffices to say the food at Rafele did not disappoint. We ordered the tagliolini ai funghi and the lamb ragu. The service was excellent, friendly waiters, relaxing ambience, very impressive cuisine. Thank you.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We dined at Rafele to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday. We had eaten here last summer and enjoyed our meal. We were not as impressed the second time around... There were several large groups which made the service slower than we would have liked. The meal itself was just okay - my husband ordered a steak and didn't eat a good part of it because it was so fatty.

I had put in my notes on OpenTable that we were celebrating my husband's birthday, and when we asked for the check they brought him a piece of cheesecake with a candle in it, which I didn't ask for but thought was a nice touch... until the check came and I realized they had CHARGED ME FOR IT!!! We were so annoyed and just wanted to leave, so I ended up paying the check without arguing. But, next time we'll pick someplace else to celebrate!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The best Italian meal I've had in a long time. The meatballs were melt-in-your-mouth amazing, and crispy artichoke a bit too crispy, but very tasty. For entrees we had the branzino and lamb ragu paparadelle-- both were well-prepared, fresh & delicious. Highly recommended. Nice intimate atmosphere and easy location in the Village.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was a very nice find in The Village. Picked it for proximity to The Cherry Lane Theater and we were so pleased. Very creative food, well prepared and DELIXIOUS!!!!!!

Wonderful service too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food is interesting and nicely presented. Appetizers are especially good but main dishes (eg a pasta beef ragout) were a little different. I had been there twice before and would happily go again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very good meal. Excellent service. Lamb Ragu delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We loved the food but felt a little forgotten

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Despite an unexpected delay, Rafele was able to save our reserved table and serve us a delicious repast with suggestions of which disches were most expediitous and which compimented one another. The wine selection was perfect both to coincide with our dinner as well as to relieve our stress. The difficulty was eliminated as we shared an excellent meal and arrived at theatre in a tiely fashion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Nice easy relaxed place to go.near Cherry Lane theater

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent meal during a recent trip to NYC. Loved the family owned feeling of the restaurant and the genuine authenticity of the food and the staff. Our meals were absolutely delicious, the service was perfect and the atmosphere was great. Love this place and will look forward to returning on our next trip to the City.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything is great. Especially Nikolo!

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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is our favorite neighborhood place. The food, the staff, and the ambiance are beyond great. We will continue to make this our place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Awesome as usual never disappointed ....great food Wine and service I️ live it here, and they are always very accommodating

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, People Watching, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Good food and place

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was excellent, the service was great and the price was right. I would definitely eat here again!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Having eaten at 20+ Italian restaurants in Manhattan, Rafael is our favorite. We visit every time we’re in NYC. Just amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Unbelievably consistent great food and great service. Never disappoints.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Be careful when you book this restaurant, it is wonderful BUT they were going to put our table of six in the basement. The basement s not where you want to go! They only had one table occupied down there while upstairs was bustling and being a great night all the windows were open and it was great upstairs. We noticed that the community table was open and asked if we could have that. Fortunately we were able to get it, it made the difference between a wonderful night or a possible dreadful one!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great Italian food, the spinach ravioli was delicious. Nice ambience, didn’t feel packed in like many nyc restaurants.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food ok. Service slow. Have been here before reliable

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I <3 Rafele's, the best authentic Italian cuisine in New York!

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food is always tasty and well prepared. Service was very good. I would only suggest that clean plates be brought after appetizers when all dishes are being shared. One of my favorite restaurants.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great value on authentic southern italian cuisine
Gnocchi was fresh and tasty
Lamb Ragu was great
Appetizer of stuffed zucchini was greasy and not a good choice
Staff was pleasant but very pushy to get us to order and finish
Place was not busy enough to warrant this attitude

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Very good and authentic Italian restaurant. Food is perfect and service very friendly and efficient

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