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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (41)
Good for a Date (37)
Fit for Foodies (36)
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Authentic (34)
Special Occasion (30)
Casual (30)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Cozy (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Romantic (22)
Comfort Food (19)
Fun (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Notable Wine List (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Business Meals (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
People Watching (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Healthy (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined 2 days ago

Just an excellent dining experience! Nico attended to us, and made everything perfect. The only down spot was we forgot to preorder the $5000 cheesecake, and had to settle for the $9 variety 🙄🙄🙄. MUST GO!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food, good prices for the serving size. Recommend A ++

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I took a friend here for her birthday last summer and we had a great meal. I had been back several times and had dinner again last Friday night to celebrate a good friend's birthday. This restaurant has the best caponata that I have ever tasted and it is given to you with the bread. I never knew that there was a downstairs room and it was nice and quiet as upstairs every single table was taken. I had an excellent salad followed by the special fish of the day. The other people had branzino and octopus to start. Everyone loved everthing. I am returning this Saturday night with my boyfriend to celebrate my birthday!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding food! Started with Homemade Sangria and ended with Limoncello! Seared sea bass atop eggplant was delicious! Book your reservation now!! Outstanding!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

I almost don’t want to share because I fear not being able to get a seat. Outstanding is a appropriate description. Nice wine list. Really well presented and the service was as good as always. Attentive but not hovering. A free piece of cheesecake as a bonus. Love this place. Your welcome.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Ambiance could use some updating but food was great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Came across Rafele on a food tour several years ago and now make a point of eating here whenever I'm in Manhattan. Never disappointed! Pasta dishes are always freshly made and delicious and anything here with eggplant is memorable. Sangria, tasty and refreshing and packing a punch, is the best I've found in the city. Ambience in main dining area is warm and cozy ... downstairs not so much. I'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We really enjoyed it for restaurant week. The appetizers were the best part

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

First time visiting for restaurant week. Will definitely be back as the food was delicious with nice size portions and Rafele has a knowledgeable staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Phenomenal as always. Simple homemade Neopolitan cuisine.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Pleasant, lively and upscale Village Italian with very good food and hearty portions.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My new favorite place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Dined here for restaurant week, food was delicious! Our waitress was great, she gave good suggestions and assisted with the wine list. Definitely recommend if you're looking for tasty italian.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I loved Rafele! It was beautiful and quaint. My sister and I went here before seeing a show and absolutely loved it. We came during NYC Restaurant Week and loved the dishes. I highly recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Amazing cuisine! Would definitely return again with friends. I have already given out 4 recommendations of Rafele!

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Repeat visit after 4 years, just as I remembered the restaurant, lively, great food and great service!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food here is so good. The restaurant is very cozy and can get noisy. The service was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This incredible chef deserves a better venue with noise control and white table cloths. His food is outrageously good, the restaurant is too small, the noise is painful, but the staff is extremely good and the food an A+. Of course we were there on a Saturday night. I will go again but for lunch M=Th. I had the lamb ragout on papardelle -- such a winner.

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Absolutely such a wonderful experience. I’ve been talking about it to all my friends about my dining experiencing last Friday. The restaurant is cozy and very nicely decorated. The host from the Start was welcoming and seated my part quickly. The waiter gave much appreciated recommendations. I wish I remembered his name. He was a pleasure to have - I love a funny and attentive waiter! The food is so good. So so so good! From the appetizers to the desserts. Every single person in my party was satisfied. We all agreed we would come back again. What a gem in nyc. Thank you to the staff for an awesome experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great find! Party of 4, we all chose the Restaurant Week menu. Great selections, we all ordered different appetizers and entrees and everything was terrific. Attentive service, nice wine list and overall nice dining experience.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Love Rafele! There's a great energy at Rafele and the food is superb!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Disappointed. Although no one was in restaurant, they tried to sit us next to the only table occupied. Would not let us sit where we wanted. Portion were small for price. Service was not good. Staff was arrogant. Would not recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Accueil chaleureux mais cadre extrêmement bruyant. Ingrédients frais et de bonne qualité mais rien d'exceptionnel au niveau des saveurs. Très cher pour une repas type bistrot amélioré. Repas envoyé au lance pierre. A peine la dernière bouchée de l'entrée avalée que le plat est sur la table. Idem pour le dessert. Cerise sur le gâteau,on nous a apporté l'addition avant même qu'on l'aie demandée; Conclusion si vous voulez un café.... oubliez le!
Dehors, libérez la table et .. aux suivants! Enfin, nous demandons de faire appeler un taxi et on nous répond que le restaurant ne travaille avec aucune compagnie et qu'il faut aller nous-mêmes en héler un dehors. Bref, grosse déception. Italien, ok, mais nous sommes loin du raffinement à l'Européenne.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was wonderful and we had a great time. Definitely try the cheesecake!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Always fabulous - and especially Elizia (sp?) always sees to everything.
Friends and I gather here at least 4 times/year for special occasions. Rafele
always impresses and delights.
Thank you!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent food but the noise level was daunting.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Three couples, two couples new to the place. My wife and I are big fans of Italian cuisine, but not big fans of Italian restaurants in general (nothing against them per se, just that we cook an awful lot of it respectably at home). In any event, Rafele turned out to be an exception to our arrogant rule. To begin with, the cauliflower appetizer (in this year of the chic and suddenly beloved cauliflower) was a riff on cauliflower "rice." It was intense, flavorful, with a good olive oil and not too heavy on the sweet Sicilian influence. I had zuppa de pesce which was not only vibrant and fresh but was presented unusually, with a baked bread crust on top. (The only other place I've seen this recently was at Eleven Madison Park, with a bread topping over a bunch of stewed mushrooms, covered with grated black truffles). I'll stop here with descriptions. Our friends' pastas were excellent. The only minor disappointment was desserts. The cheesecake seemed to have a smattering of ricotta in it, but it was essentially a NY-style cream cheese . The chocolate gelato and biscotti for dunking were fine. Our wait-person was pleasant, smart and patient. In any event, a good choice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Amazing food, Amazing staff and very reasonable price.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and service. A bit loud but a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I will return for sure! Pork chop was fabulous. Shrimp and mussel appy was phenomenal and the meatballs we're delighted! 😊👍🏼

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food!! Great service!!
Some of the best Italian cuisine in the city!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (México)·Dined on January 18, 2018

A nice place with a good service.The right italian cuisine.

Tags: Cozy, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

My favorite Italian place in NYC.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The salt and pepper mills are either empty or not functioning. This is a frequent and annoying occurrence, especially when all the other elements of dining here are so well-handled. Details!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Clean, Fun, Friendly atmosphere and staff. Made a Quick reservation the day before through Open Table.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Rafele never disappoints. The specials Friday night were out of this world!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We love this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food, excellent neighborhood restaurant and worth driving to visit.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food was Amazing!!! Mathew was our server and recommended the cheesecake and boy it did not dissapoint. Best cheesecake we have ever had. Great restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Rafele is a very good, no pretense Italian restaurant. They care. The food is genuine, generous in portions and delicious. Two specials, a pounded pork chop simply grilled with olive oil and lemon, and stripped bass with shaved artichoke, were elegant and delicious the dark chocolate gelato is superb. A winner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were there for New Year's Eve. Great food and overall friendly service. Only critical point: Although there was no official second seating we were asked at 11.00 pm to leave our table for new visitors, but were compensated by a drink at the bar. Restaurant is relly great.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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