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La Mela Ristorante

167 Mulberry St., New York City, NY 10013 (Little Italy)
212-431-9493
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Ranked #2,015 of 11,599 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Cross street: Grand Street
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.
Description: 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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English first
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100 reviews 100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

We went on a Monday, no waiting. Love the ambiance, not pretentious- felt like old school family dining. Lots of fun pictures on the walls of former celebrity patrons. The owner, Frank was there sitting in the middle of the restaurant. Attentive service. Huge portions of very good food. Love the pasta with clams, gnocci, veal and chicken. It was... More

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Shelter Island NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent Little Italy Food, combined with huge portions, good Italian wine, pictures of celebs all over the walls, this Little Italy restauranteur is a must visit!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Best Italian in Little Italy!! Great location, attentive staff and most of all the food is authentic Italian.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW via mobile

Pretty old school not very upscale but that's okay that's what I was looking for with the family unfortunately the food was just marginal

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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68 reviews 68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This restaurant is in the heart of Little Italy, but seems to now be resting on the laurels of the original owner. We chose the family style dinner just to get a taste of a variety of dishes. Nothing seemed to taste really authentic, but was rather pizzeria quality. Nothing in the 12 to 14 things we tasted were considered... More

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Kenner
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118 reviews 118 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Talk about food coma! SOOOO good - but ya better go hungry 'cause you're gonna get so much food you'll feel like a stuffed cannoli when you're done.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

good, but not amazing food. We went per a local's recommendation and was surprised by how touristy it was. No changing table in bathroom so had to change diaper on the floor.

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Athens
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79 reviews 79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Price: A bit expensive, but not horrible for NYC Food: The calamari was just a bit overcooked. It tasted really good, however was just a tiny bit chewy. The house wine (red) was pretty good, once you let it breathe. They pour it too much in the glass, so its hard to swirl. Let it breath and it gets a... More

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Can't say enough about the taste and quality of the food plus the fun and entertaining atmosphere at La Mela! The fresh and quality ingredients are apparent in every bite. Everything from the appetizers to the entrees, the desserts (can't skip their homemade zabaglione ice cream!!!!!) and wine selection is amazing. Its casual and lively. Great staff. Portions are massive,... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

Been to Italy. Grown up with the Italian family on one side. This place is a fast food Italian restaurAnt, And poorly done at that. Ragu. With cream added for sauce. Canned meat sauces. Stale bread and poor service. Asked for a table outside, was told no one sits outside, despite the street being packed with tables. No waiter for... More

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