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La Mela Ristorante

Little Italy
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167 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10013-3754 (Grand Street)
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 am
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Geneva, New York
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Family style, go hungry! We have been going here for over 20 years every time we visit the city. Now our kids love going here too. We do family style and leave stuffed beyond belief. Service is outstanding, establishment is clean, everything is homemade and recipes are old s hoop italian like you would have at Sunday dinner. Flavors are... More 

Thank Jagger17
new york
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Being from the New York Metropolitan area, I'm accustomed to decent Italian food. Even though I knew Little Italy had become a tourist trap, I hoped the food would at least be good. Caesar salad was drowned in bottled dressing. Packaged croutons on top. Pasta with seafood was decent. No one else was wowed by their food. The waitstaff was... More 

Thank katie1220
Milan, Italy
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187 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking by and a lot of restaurants trying to get our attention, we approached La Mela's menu and this gentleman welcomed us in with no pressure, had a table in seconds and menus with delicious bread and butter in minutes. We were given our own water pitcher and the food was good, not the best but good. Real big portions... More 

Thank Crossonero9
Cork, Ireland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Dropped into this restaurant on a recent trip to NY with my wife and two children (18 and 13). Food was excellent, portions were large but we all managed to finish everything.

Thank dermotgmchugh
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was visiting New York with my family and initially wanted to introduce them to REAL New York pizza. I've been to New York dozens of times but have never made my way to Little Italy. We found La Mela's as we were walking down Mulberry looking for a pizza place. As we walked by, the guy at the door... More 

Thank Tameka C
Knoxville, Tennessee
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice piece of Italy! This place is amazing and so Italian. The people are friendly and the atmosphere is fun. It was late and we didn't get to eat here but my husband and his friend were able to have a drink and sit and talk with "Butch the Hat". He could tell stories like no other.

Thank juliewolfe5
Dalton, Georgia
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

We came here on the recommendation of the ppl at Kleinfeld's and we were not disappointed!! It was awesome!! Get the 4 course sampler!

Thank dancechik0526
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Sat outside and enjoyed the "mixed pasta" dish and the atmosphere of Little Italy. The pasta was really good and had a combination of tortellini, rigatoni, and gnocchi on one plate. It was great to try all three pastas, and the staff was very friendly and brought our food very quickly. Overall a great casual restaurant!

Thank Racquel D
Clinton, New York
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Although the dining room is large, nothing beats the atmosphere of dining on the sidewalk in the heart of Little Italy. Nice meal, plenty of food, not outrageously priced.

Thank Mary S
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Our family is a regular at La Mela. For 24 years! Family style casual Italian restaurant with consistently great food! Atmosphere is chill and fun! An absolute must visit! Dayna Papp

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 3:00 am
11:30 am - 3:00 am
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
  • Neighborhood: Little Italy
  • Phone Number: 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

Neighborhood Profile
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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