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Malatesta Trattoria

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West Village
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649 Washington St, New York City, NY 10014-2865
+1 212-741-1207
17:30 - 23:30
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Mon - Sat 17:30 - 23:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything you've heard about this restaurant is true. It is well worth the wait and well worth your time. Cash only payment is inconvenient, but tolerable.

Thank Michael P
Lodi, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small neighborhood restaurant. Almost don't want to review as the secret will be out. Fresh homemade pasta, excellent gnocchi, calamari. We shared plates as we wanted to try several dishes. It was a busy night but the service was excellent and the food amazing. Staff very attentive, answering questions and making suggestions. Reasonable prices...cash only. Can't wait to go back... More 

Thank Dolores95242
Beirut, Lebanon
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

The place is small, coZy with a touch of "feel at home". Many of the pasta dishes are homemade. All what we ordered was just excellent. The crew is very friendly and extremely customer oriented in an increasingly hectic NYC.

Thank Elie A
South Salem, New York
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194 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Nice corner restaurant with fresh made pasta. We got to the restaurant just as it was opening (along with five or six other parties) so we got a table right away. Everything we ordered was very good and the service was good too. House wine in a carafe (1/2 liter) was fine. I would definitely return.

Thank grump51
Guilford, Connecticut
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Two couples visiting on a Saturday night, right when it opened at 5:30....Tonino, the main man, quickly took charge, reviewed the menu and answered any questions we had.....don't worry, be happy midst the chaos, which is constant .....ordered plates to share----calamari, gnocci, grillled mushroom salad, mussels, spagetti with tomato sauce, two carafes of sangiovese----all delicious. Staff was constantly attentive and... More 

Thank bluesberryguilford
Cambridge, Ohio
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Cash only. The food is excellent. Couples cannot reserve table but wait wasn't as bad as reported. When we were there a lot of people put their name in and left. Standing nearby got us in quicker. You can get a drink inside but need to take it out front. If weather is ok this isn't bad. Lots of couples... More 

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Kelkheim (Taunus), Germany
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Went there twice during our N. Y. stay. Small restaurant, a bit crowded which means very noisy. Excellent kitchen. We will come back.

Thank KurtWZL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We were walking and we saw it...in a corner, nothing flashy but the perfect corner. Pasta? the best I ever tried in the States...coming from an italian family...it was a "real pleasure". Young people in charge...lovely!!! A small carte and cash prices....

Thank Canca B
Wayne, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I've dined here several times before. I usually eat here when I'm seeing a show in the area. Tonight I had risotto with spinach and Gorgonzola cheese. It was a bit thin and could have had more spinach, but it was quite tasty. Usually I order the panna cotta for dessert, but tonight I tried their homemade tiramisu, and wasn't... More 

Thank Steven L
Atlanta, Georgia
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I went here for dinner on a Sunday night with a group of 6. While the restaurant is small and a bit crowded, the food is obviously homemade and delicious. We tried the caprese salad, ravioli al formaggio, spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce, and the costoletta di pollo (chicken cutlet). For dessert we had the tiramisu and chocolate mousse. Everything... More 

Thank Pamela L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 649 Washington St, New York City, NY 10014-2865
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > West Village
  • Neighbourhood: West Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-741-1207

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