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La Mela

4.6
4.6
1222 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
La Mela has been delighting people with delicious and generous portions of Italian food for over thirty years. La Mela is famous as a staple of Mulberry Street in New York's Little Italy. We have a full a la carte menu of mouthwatering dishes and desserts, as well as the family style dining that has made us famous for delicious and plentiful food. Come down, have fun, and make yourself at home. We'll treat you like family. Family we like.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 431-9493

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Please call or email with all catering inquiries.

  • Private party facilities

    At La Mela, we love to host special events and private functions. Have a memorable corporate event, holiday party, engagement party, wedding rehearsal, bachelorette party, bridal shower or baby shower in La Mela's Garden Room. We have years of experience helping people celebrate!

  • Private party contact

    JD: (888) 449-7627

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Grand Street

  • Parking details

    There is convenient metered and free street parking available (read the signs carefully), as well as a lot around the corner from La Mela on Broome Street with hourly and daily rates.

  • Public transit

    Take the 6 train to Spring Street, the N & R train to Prince Street, the D & B trains to Grand Street, the Q, N, R, 6 & J trains to Canal Street, or the F, D, B, M & 6 trains to Broadway Lafayette.

  • Entertainment

    We have live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,222 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. SH

    ShannonH

    Houston

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been coming to La Mela for 30 years. It's always a bright and fun spot whenever we are visiting the city. Plate after plate of delicious food and a jovial environment make for a festive evening. And the prices are easy on the wallet too...
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Came to the city and have always made a stop at La Mela. Sat outside on a perfect warm and sunny day. Slow to be greeted as the host was busy inside but made our way quickly to an outside table. Waiter quick to take our drink and order- Minus 1 star when the appetizers come before your drinks. Had the three course and really full after the second. Tomatoes were not the best given it is prime season in the area- but enjoyed them with the Mozzarella cheese, appetizers were great, and the pasta selection filled us up to prepare for our walk back to Penn Station. 4 stars total for the service and vibe on Mulberry Street. Next time may order just the lunch special ($17) and a pitcher of Sangria ($36).
  3. JL

    JLK10

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff is the best! Food is the best!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual La Mela, delivers. We love the priced fixed menu where we can try a lot of delicious food. Never disappoints. We have been going since 1981 and never had a bad meal. RIP Mimmo!
  5. JL

    JLK10

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is very nice. They work hard. The food is always right on. The table red wine is a nice benefit...price points work for us!
  6. SC

    SommerC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience1
    It’s was so hot inside the restaurant. No AC and it was miserable. Couldn’t enjoy our meal.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Service was great. The chicken Scarpariello was a huge disappointment—bone in chicken pieces and garlic cloves. Typically we have had it with potatoes or peppers, sauce was lacking and not typical description like this : chicken in a lemon-based sauce. Others include potatoes and bell peppers in a wine sauce. Most, but not all, include some form of Italian sausage.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food & service. Sat outside where the tables are too close but that was even better than inside. Had a friend that own an Italian restaurant in Cleveland give me his favorite restaurant in Little Italy and didn’t miss a beat by recommending La Mela. Got reservations same day using OpenTable.
  9. K

    Kellieg

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fun to dine here. We love the 5 course meal but come hungry.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an excellent experience. Thank you!
  11. L

    Lagunamama

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We randomly picked this restaurant and are so so happy we did. Waiters were so nice and helpful and right there. I had trouble deciding from so many wonderful dishes but got the Linguini with white clam sauce. Holy cow - amazing and my husband is Italian so we know good Italian. This came in a skillet so loaded with clams that I couldn't see the linguini. Husband had the eggplant parmesan which he declared fabulous. He loved the side order of spaghetti in red sauce that came with it too so his night was made. To start we shared a giant Cesar salad with large chunks of shaved parmesan - wonderful. Our friends had equally delicious dishes of Shrimp and chicken. We would have eaten all of it but the portions are just so big that our son had lunch for the next day! The Merlot wine was incredibly reasonable and delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant in Little Italy. So many are tourist traps and this is not one of them. Can't wait to return.
  12. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing italian food with a family style vibe. I would suggest the three course dinner which includes a caprese salad, hot antipasta and pasta dish.
  13. v

    vaughnp

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great place for a first trip to little Italy. Every dish was great
  14. RO

    RonO

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Having visited a few years ago, we had to go back to La Mela on our most recent trip to New York City. And like the last time, it was one fantastic meal and so was the service. We ordered the four course meal and there was so much food. And it was scrumptious! We’ve recommended it to other friends and they raved, as well. Looking forward to our next dining experience at La Mela!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was top notch. The food was alongside, and in point. So glad we grabbed our reservation in advance because it got busy quick for a quaint little joint. Obsessed and will absolutely be back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, loved talking to Butch the Hat! Highly recommend!
  17. CU

    CindyU

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived early so sat at the bar. Drinks were fabulous…I ordered a French 75 which they were not familiar with so while I was drinking Prosecco instead they found the recipe and made one for me, which was perfection. Very generous pours as well! Food was amazing as was the waitstaff. Will definitely go back and highly recommend if you’re looking for an authentic, delicious and amazing all around.
  18. MA

    MargaretA

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was ok. We were expecting it to be more like Carmine’s in the theater district but it was no where near like Carmine’s. The clams with white wine sauce and the bread and pasta were outstanding. Everything Elsa was just ok
  19. SG

    StephenG

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Food very greasy! Plenty of food but had to return for temperature! Food was cooked fresh but restaurant!
  20. AC

    ACAIN

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our second time here and we loved it again. Great Italian food. Got to sit outside which is fun.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down our favorite restaurant in NYC. We visit every time we are there
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! Love the atmosphere, our service was excellent and the food! Delicious
  23. r

    randir

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We no longer live in NY and wanted to bring our kids to one of our favorite NYC restaurants
  24. KR

    KRMor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Big portions. Nice ambiance. Quick service.
  25. DB

    DarrenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing good, the staff were great and looked after us really well.
  26. JS

    JackS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a must when visiting NYC! A great place to meet up with friends.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love La Mella. Used to live in NYC and had to visit once I came back to visit.
  28. JC

    JeffreyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    recommended from wifes co-worker - in a touristy part of Little Italy but food was delicious and drinks we great- service was top notch - would recommend the porcini mushroom raviolis they were excellent!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and excellent staff - a great place for a great meal.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family came for Mother’s Day/ birthday celebration and we couldn’t have chose a better place. All of the staff was friendly and warm,we got seated immediately and the food OMG. The food was amazing. Will definitely recommend and I will be coming back.
  31. MB

    MaryBeth91

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day outing with my daughters.
  32. JL

    JillL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Always nice waiters. Food comes out quickly and is very good. Usual get the 3 course meal.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was okay. Arrived very quickly leaving us to believe it was not prepared to order. Not bad but also not amazing.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food poor quality. Pre cooked chicken thighs were dry and tasteless and partners antipasti was swimming in oil. There are many neighbouring restaurants desperate for your custom. No idea why this place is so popular.
  35. SR

    SusanRebecca

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was wonderful - knowledgeable and friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent.
  36. m

    mshend

    Toronto

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brendan was our waiter and very professional and accommodating. The food was fresh and delicious.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must for our NYC visit! Look forward every time we come and food is always the best meal!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    We expected something else. Service was good and the starters ok. Main course and pasta didn’t meet our expectations.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    3/5 water Cool spot, outdoor seating is ok, great pasta
  40. A

    Arleen

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Service was excellent.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

La Mela is rated 4.6 stars by 1222 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for La Mela

167 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10013

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Grand Street

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is convenient metered and free street parking available (read the signs carefully), as well as a lot around the corner from La Mela on Broome Street with hourly and daily rates.

  • Public transit

    Take the 6 train to Spring Street, the N & R train to Prince Street, the D & B trains to Grand Street, the Q, N, R, 6 & J trains to Canal Street, or the F, D, B, M & 6 trains to Broadway Lafayette.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    We have live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 431-9493

  • Catering

    Please call or email with all catering inquiries.

  • Private party facilities

    At La Mela, we love to host special events and private functions. Have a memorable corporate event, holiday party, engagement party, wedding rehearsal, bachelorette party, bridal shower or baby shower in La Mela's Garden Room. We have years of experience helping people celebrate!

  • Private party contact

    JD: (888) 449-7627

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