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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
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 03:00
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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132 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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846 reviews
511 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 288 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 

Thank dshendri
Dayton, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Found this after going to a few other places that had multiple hour waits they were able to fit us in as a table of 10. I ordered the egg plant and it was outstanding. Service was great 1 waiter handled our big table.

Thank Kerry D
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

What I experienced at this place does not even warrant a one star. My husband and I came to Melo's for a quick bite. This was our first time dining there. I had visited other restaurants in Little Italy, but we decided to try something new. We got seated right away by the hostess who was friendly and polite. The... More 

Thank Marisol R
LaMelaRistorante, General Manager at La Mela Ristorante, responded to this review

Hello Marisol, I am very sorry you had a bad time at my family's restaurant. The only excuse I can make is that it was the busiest time of our year and the staff was a bit frazzled. I am certain racism had nothing to do with it. I would love to meet you and discuss this. Please stop by... More 

Wakefield, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Poor service. Very very slow. A staff that really doesn't care. Good food but there are other places.

Thank bostontravelguy01880
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Definitely not the best Italian I've ever had. The pasta was under cooked and house salad dressing was basically just olive oil with no taste. The service was horrible. I asked for a glass of wine that I never received. Had to wait forever for water refills and the check.

Thank Abster32

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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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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