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“THE BEST ITALIAN in NY”
Review of Rafele

Rafele
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Ranked #98 of 13,775 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Cross street: Morton st,
Transit: The nearest subway stations are: West4 on 6th ave where A,C,E,D,B,F,M trains are available and Christopher st station where number 1 train is available.
Reviewed August 1, 2016

We were visiting NY for the day and wanted the best italian food. Boy this place didn't disappoint! We loved the very intimate atmosphere! The service was awesome and we LOVED the food. There is so much to say about this place, the ambiance, the drink menu, etc. It's a place you don't want to miss!!

Date of visit: July 2016
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Thank Kim R
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Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Picked this place for our last good meal in NY. And whilst we didn't go all out due to a late reservation, what we tried was very good. The truffle and sweet sausage pappardelle was a special, but if it pops up, you MUST try it. Pizzas were also very good too, square and crunchy. Only downside was the hipster waiter who was too busy trying to be cool to pay enough attention to the people he was serving.

Date of visit: July 2016
4  Thank KiranN111
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Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

We literally stumbled upon this gem of an Italian restaurant in the west village. The tomatoes on the caprese salad were thick and juicy! Gorgeous! The burrata app was delicious ... Creamy burrata over perfectly seasoned roasted veggies! The caccio e Pepe pasta was new to us and we fell in love with the rich flavor! It was perfect! Finished lunch off with their famous ricotta cheesecake. It's unbelievable how the small kitchen in the middle of the restaurant churns such spectacular food... It's like you're eating in someone's house! Highly recommend it!

Date of visit: July 2016
2  Thank KPRL9
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Reviewed July 27, 2016

We visited this restaurant as part of a walking food tour and were impressed with the food, the ambience and the friendliness of the staff, including the chef, Rafaele. We came back that evening and treated ourselves to the Chefs Tasting Menu. We thoroughly enjoyed every dish and the whole experience. The service was great, if a little too attentive at times. It came at a fixed price (excluding wine) which included the gratuity. Definitely recommend.

Date of visit: July 2016
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Thank galebj
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Reviewed July 22, 2016

I came here with a bunch of friends on a Thursday night and the place was packed which meant the food must be good.
We had sat down for about 15 minutes before any waiter comes over to give us water or menus which is never a good sign. Finally we just flagged down the waiter to get things going since all of us were hungry.
After another 15 minutes our wine was finally brought to the table along with fresh bread and eggplant dip which was really tasty. Thank god for the free bread because the food took forever to come and I would have eaten my arm if there weren't bread.
I understand it was a busy night but the waitstaff seriously needs retraining. They never came by to refill our water glass and only refilled after I asked like 5 times. Everything just felt like it took forever and even when you do ask the staff seems like they are so rushed that they don't hear you.
Overall, I would go back and eat there again since I work in the area, but management really needs to get their waitstaff to pay attention to the customers.

Date of visit: July 2016
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2  Thank Lucy M
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