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.
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.
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.
Better than a fresh box
Rafele was everything that I hoped it would be. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
Unbelievably authentic food and the best service i have had in a while. Fell in love
Wonderful spot and perfect for our family get together
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.
Great authentic Neapolitan food--try the pizza --what pizza should taste like!
It was a great spot to gather with friends and great food
Nestled in the heart of the West Village, warm environment; one of the best Italian spots in the city. Amazing flavors and great sauce!!!
Love this place! The best neighborhood Italian!
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!
Great food, good prices for the serving size. Recommend A ++
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!
Outstanding food! Started with Homemade Sangria and ended with Limoncello! Seared sea bass atop eggplant was delicious! Book your reservation now!! Outstanding!
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.
Ambiance could use some updating but food was great!
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!
Had a great meal here as part of restaurant week while I was visiting from the UK. My friend is vegetarian and she loved the selection of veggie options. It was loud but I loved the atmosphere. The food was great but the cheesecake was AMAZING!
We really enjoyed it for restaurant week. The appetizers were the best part
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.
Phenomenal as always. Simple homemade Neopolitan cuisine.
Pleasant, lively and upscale Village Italian with very good food and hearty portions.
My new favorite place!
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.
Amazing cuisine! Would definitely return again with friends. I have already given out 4 recommendations of Rafele!
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!
Repeat visit after 4 years, just as I remembered the restaurant, lively, great food and great service!
The food here is so good. The restaurant is very cozy and can get noisy. The service was great.
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.
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!
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.
Love Rafele! There's a great energy at Rafele and the food is superb!
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.
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.
Food was wonderful and we had a great time. Definitely try the cheesecake!