Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 37 times today

Rafele

4.6
1246 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Lunch :Monday -Friday :12pm - 3:30 pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 3:30pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(212) 242-1999
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Raffaele Ronca
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
Private Dining Coordinator: (212) 242-1999
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
Please contact the restaurant directly for catering options.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Morton st,
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
There is also a public lot, corner of Morton st and 7th ave south
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 1246 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined 3 days ago

We love it. Go as often as we can

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Authentic gem of a restaurant! We enjoyed our time here immensely. Wonderful hospitality, excellent wine, and bar none, the best Italian food we’ve experienced! Thank you for making my husbands 40th birthday a memorable one!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The setting is cozy and comfortable, tables are adequately spaced so there's not a nearby neighbor, and it's easy to talk in a regular voice. The service was quick, efficient, and friendly. The food was excellent, great pasta and salads, and a good selection of wines! We'll be back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food ,good staff. Came for a quick bite before theater and will happily come back

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food and our server were excellent - this is a very busy restaurant in a great location. I would have given Rafele an overall 5 star rating - but the feeling was the restaurant was more focused on serving and turning the table. Thank goodness the food was exceptional.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

One of the best Italian restaurants in New York City. The service was impeccable; the food was excellent. The chef even made us a dish, not on the menu.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Delicious food.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food excellent but a little too noisy and crowded for a romantic meal for two.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

My FAVORITE restaurant in NYC.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Everything was very very good, but nothing was "the best I've ever had. Service seemed put out we were there. But they were still prompt. The artichoke shaved salad was the best thing we ate.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The staff was extremely pleasant and efficient. Service was terrific. A great place for dinner.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I usually love this place, but they rushed us out at the end and asked for the table. They took my dessert wine before I finished it. It was an unfortunate ending and bad experience which ruined an otherwise wonderful night.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food was fantastic! Would love to have it again, but I doubt I’ll ever go back because our waitress was remote and seemed annoyed to be serving us. Further, the manager was rude. Do these people know how to smile?

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My favorite restaurant in NYC!!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent food and wonderful service on an Easter Sunday. Still don't understand why restaurants need to play background music when the conversation level is already energetic.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great brunch

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Always great
Great food service, atmosphere
Perfect restaurant for every day dining or special occasion
Sempre il migliore

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Love that they have a vegan menu. Service was good and the food was delicious!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent bronzino ! The pasta was prepared perfectly. Service was attentive and well informed

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Overall excellent! The food was delicious . There are enough choices to please many . Servers were
attentive and knowledgeable . Will definitely go back.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Showed up after making a reservation through opentable and the restaurant was closed

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great food and house cocktails. All six people in our group were satisfied with the food and prices. I ordered the Gnocco Fritto and the Pettole Ragu. The Gnocco fritto was okay and the Pettole was delicious. The artichoke was good. My favorite dish was the Tagliata Di Manzo cooked medium rare. This was outstanding. The drinks are tasty and strong.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Went to Rafele to celebrate our anniversary. We made reservations for the chef's tasting and seating at the chef's table so that we could see the dishes being made. I highly recommend the chef's tasting as a great way to experience many different delicious dishes from the menu. The handmade pasta and the ricotta cheesecake were the highlight of the evening. Great atmosphere and service.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Rafele was recommended to me by dear friends who live in the neighborhood as their favorite restaurant. I went with Canadian friends on my birthday. The ambiance was very comfortable and attractive. The food excellent and one friend was very pleased with their vegan and vegetarian options. Our group was originally for 4 but after we started eating a 5th friend showed up. The staff efficiently enlargened the table by opening 4 leaves to accommodate our unexpected friend. Everyone in our group enjoyed the experience.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Amazing flavour!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Better than a fresh box

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Rafele was everything that I hoped it would be. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Perfection!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Unbelievably authentic food and the best service i have had in a while. Fell in love

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Wonderful spot and perfect for our family get together

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

50th Birthday

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food, good value, fun ambience. Christina is very lovely and she's GEM !
We've been going to Rafefe since 2016, average 2 times a month, never been disappointed.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great authentic Neapolitan food--try the pizza --what pizza should taste like!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

It was a great spot to gather with friends and great food

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Nestled in the heart of the West Village, warm environment; one of the best Italian spots in the city. Amazing flavors and great sauce!!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Love this place! The best neighborhood Italian!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
32