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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

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (53)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
Fit for Foodies (42)
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Good for a Date (40)
Great for Outdoor Dining (34)
Special Occasion (34)
Casual (34)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Fun (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Comfort Food (20)
Cozy (20)
Romantic (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
Business Meals (17)
Great for Lunch (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
People Watching (13)
Hot Spot (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Great for Brunch (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined a day ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving day lunch.

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·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was good enough to forget it was not Italy, food was authentic, waiters spoke Italian,
without the smoking!!! I agree with other reviews I read: some of the dishes where a little on the salty side.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We all ordered a different homemade pasta. They were all delicious and enjoyed with a lovely glass of wine! The ricotta cheesecake is a must have.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a wonderful meal at Rafele! I love the food and the ambience. It's a gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I would give Rafele an unqualified 5 star rating but for the noise level. The food is superb. Drinks are great. Reasonably good value. Good service.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I have eaten at Rafele several times and it is always a pleasurable dining experience. The food is excellent and it has a comfortable ambience. Rafele is one of my favorite places to dine when I'm in NYC!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Something for everyone - flatbreads, beef and pastas, all fit for foodies. Absolutely loved the salsa verde on the strip loin! Hip, energetic atmosphere and great service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Disappointing after reading reviews. Indoor & out door seating available. It was a beautiful evening, we chose to eat outside. Before food was delivered we realized that was a bad choice because of subway noise & wind picked up. Asked to move inside & was told all tables reserved. We ordered calamari, & & a pizza for apps. Both items were room tempature. Out entrees were not served hot either which lead to our overall experience being unsatisfactory . Also our waitress left after entrees served. We had to flag down her replacement who was serving other tables inside restaurant.
Will not return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

When we first ate here e were delighted with excellent food at reasonable prices. We recommended this restaurant to many of our neighbors in the West Village. Since our last visit (3 weeks ago), prices at lunch have increased approximately 25% - not very neighborly. Also, the constant flow of tour groups in and out was very disruptive, with many smokers milling around outside (where we were seated). Unfortunately, we will think twice about spending $14 for an appetizer and $18 for pasta at lunchtime. Adding 2 glasses of wine would bring our bill with tip to almost $100. No longer a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great quality ingredients used in the dishes paired with very good wine. Highly recommend it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Nice place-friendly, relaxed ambiance. Super tasty food. The calamari, and fritto misto are so delish. Great bread, dipping sauce. I always have the pappardelle with funghi--delicious. Great ricotta cake and the molten chocolate cake is heavenly as well.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent appetizers,attentive service. Delicious cheesecake

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Delicious food and unpretentious, attentive service.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very disappointed. The service was non attentive. We had to flag down our waitress all night. We ordered the steak for two. It came out already sliced and at room temperature. This is my second time at the restaurant with a significant issue with our order. It’s a shame, the ambiance is great but the service is a disaster.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Rafele never disappoints! I have been here many times and introduced both friends and business clients and every one of them has been delighted. It has become so popular that it can feel a trifle hectic at times, but servers are unfailingly charming and the food is absolutely delicious. Tastes like being in Italy. A top favorite.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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