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La Mela Ristorante

$$ - $$$
Little Italy
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167 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10013-3754 (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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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

$20.95 for a carbonara? $15.95 for a spaghetti with garlic? Really? It ain't that good. I used to go here regularly ages ago, returned recently, what a tourist trap rip off this venue has fallen into. Lame, avoid.

Thank B1ackDahlia
Rockwall, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Authentic Italian! Small, simple feel with really good food. Bread was great for mopping up the gravy poured out if the mussels and clams. Pastas are perfectly cooked to texture. Great service and food!

Thank jneill62
Thunder Bay, Canada
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was referred by a store in Little Italy and this place did not disappoint. Service was to notch, food was on another level and price point for lunch was more than adequate. All of our group had the $11 lunch special; choice of veal, chicken or eggplant with penne or spaghetti and meatballs (came with a salad). Been to a... More 

Thank Matt E
Ramsey, NJ
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117 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are so many restaurants in New York’s Little Italy, we had no idea where to eat. We asked a vendor selling cookies where he eats lunch and he said La Mela- it means Apple in Italian. We were lucky enough to get a table outside, so that we could people watch. It was very entertaining to listen to the... More 

Thank Ramseytraveller
New South Wales, Australia
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I were walking through Little Italy one afternoon and realised we'd forgotten all about lunch. Thankfully we were called aside by a lovely gentleman offering us their $10.95 lunch special. After accepting we were ushered inside and were greeted by very attentive staff. Water, bread and salad soon appeared (both of which were very good) and orders... More 

Thank Michael M
Dallas, Texas
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For NYC we stayed in Greenwich Village. For our first night's meal we decided to walk to Little Italy to try "authentic" italian food. My 2 nephews were looking through yelp and TA to find recommendations. We happened to be in the front of this restaurant. One of the workers must've noticed us trying to find a place to eat... More 

Thank lifeasme123
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here for my birthday last weekend and didn't regret it. Very Italian feel with some delicious and affordable food. The gnocchi was delicious and I highly recommend it. This restaurant has been here for decades and its easy to see why.

Thank david P
Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With so many restaurants to pick from along the main few streets in Little Italy, we were struggling to choose. We asked a local selling waters where he recommended and he suggested this place. We were not disappointed! Service was excellent and the FOOD, absolutely outstanding. The veal tortellini was an absolute knock out and the chicken parmigana was delicious... More 

Thank fh26
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 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

1 Thank Resortsguy
Cape Town, South Africa
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 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!

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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
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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 10013-3754
    (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 have gluten-free options?
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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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