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La Mela Ristorante

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Little Italy
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167 Mulberry St., New York City, NY 10013 (Grand Street)
+1 212-431-9493
11:30 - 02:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 03:00
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been bringing my family into this restaurant for more than 20 years The service the food and the value is still incredible They must must must stop whenever you're in the Big Apple

Thank Resortsguy
Cape Town, South Africa
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It seems to be an institution! Online reservation essential, as they don't take telephonic reservations. Honest food, come hungry! Staff is friendly and the atmosphere is fantastic!

Thank Inge1804
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Forget all those fancy overpriced Italian restaurants little Italy, come here sit back and enjoy great food! The service is terrific and the decor basic with a great homely feel. A real find, will keep coming back here at any opportunity!

Thank KalvinFX
Kitchener, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was incredible, portions were huge and the service incredible. It was my daughters 18th birthday and they made her feel very special. Someone even sang for us with a guitar. We had the gnocchi, ceaser salad, carbonara spaghetti and the penne. All phenomenal. I also love the big bottles of wine on the table. Makes you feel like... More 

Thank Caybree
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment we walked by we felt at home. We are a family of 5 (2 adults and & 3 children) we loved the bread, food choices, service and live entertainment. We visited during the holidays. The entertainer sang DominicThe Donkey, Jingle Bells...all the classic songs to all the tables. Would be one of the first places we return... More 

Thank MrsHMoney
Saint James, New York
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135 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I gotta say, I could go to many highly rated (and more expensive) Italian restaurants in New York and get a great meal, and I’ve enjoyed a few. But La Mela stands on its own due to its family style selections, fresh and perfectly prepared courses, and affordable prices. Add a couple of stars for the casual Italian ambiance of... More 

Thank joe6343
Port Jefferson, New York
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Food was decent and would have given it three stars. But I was upset when the waiter chased an accordion player away from playing across the street from the restaurant. No wonder Chinatown is closing in on Little Italy. The understanding of what makes a place "great" is lost.

Thank Nick T
Viera, Florida
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Great service , great food and good prices. We came for lunch and were able to quickly get a table. We had fresh bread, salad and chicken parmigiana. Everything was fresh and tasted good. We were served fast.

Thank FloridaVirgo
Saint Louis, Missouri
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Food is delicious. Hadn't been in 4 years since we live in the Midwest. We had the same waiter. It's family style so plenty of food. All the staff is friendly.

Thank espanolita56
Indianapolis, Indiana
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526 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We came here based on recommendation from a friend because their food is good. But just walking by here, we would have never stopped as there are much more beautiful places to eat in Little Italy. And there's always some people outside trying to talk you into coming in to their restaurant. The bread is not worth eating here, just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 03:00
11:30 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 167 Mulberry St., New York City, NY 10013
    (Grand Street)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Little Italy
  • Neighbourhood: Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 212-431-9493
La Mela has been delighting people with delicious and generous portions of Italian food for over twenty five 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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Staying in Little Italy

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Little Italy
While Little Italy is one of the city's smallest neighbourhoods, its streets are packed with visitors from around the globe, especially on summer weekends when the streets are closed to traffic. Stroll up Mulberry Street, the heart of Little Italy, for a dense mix of Italian restaurants with sidewalk tables, cafes, and old-school food shops. Don’t be surprised when the hosts beckon you to pay them a visit. Stop in for a coffee and a cannoli, or grab a streetside table to take in the scenery over a hearty Italian meal.
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