Malatesta Trattoria

Malatesta Trattoria

649 Washington St (at Christopher St), New York, NY 10014, United States
Hours:
Open until 11:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 5:30 PM–11:30 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • Noon–11:30 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Dinner
Credit Cards:
No
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.0/10

Based on 250 votes

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  • spinach gnocchi
  • Italian food
  • tagliatelle
  • good for dates
  • wine
  • ravioli
  • romantic
  • spaghetti
  • chicken cutlets
  • cute
  • penne arrabiata
  • cozy
  • lamb chops
  • veal meatballs
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  • deborah kad c.

    Order the spinach gnocchi with fresh tomato sauce.

    deborah kad curtis · April 6, 2010
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  • Tiffany S.

    My favorite Italian neighborhood joint in NY. Best dish on the menu: spaghetti alla chitarra -- it does not get better than this.

    Tiffany S · February 10, 2010
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  • New York Habitat

    Good authentic Italian food in a cozy atmosphere. Definitely try the spinach gnocchi, just remember that it's cash only!

    New York Habitat · November 29, 2011
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  • Michael G.

    if you are in the mood for dessert get the panna cota it's lovely

    Michael Galpert · February 25, 2010
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  • Lee H.

    Food is amazing - The best gnocchi I've ever had. Spaghetti and chicken melanaise were both fantastic as well. But it's a hassle - cash only, middle of nowhere, always a wait.

    Lee Hoffman · March 17, 2012
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  • The Corcoran Group

    Outstanding Italian food served by cute and charming Italian waiters. Grab a table outside and dive into a plate of Spinach Gnocchi and a side of Meatballs. Make a reservation!

    The Corcoran Group · October 24, 2011
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  • Luca DL

    Genuine food in a friendly atmosphere makes you feel like in a "trattoria" - cash only, there's an ATM inside the bodega next door.

    Luca DL · January 15, 2012
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  • Danny M.

    There is only one entree you should be considering off their handwritten menu: the spinach gnocchi. Every bite left me speechless.

    Danny Martin · April 12, 2011
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  • Brittany D.

    Delicious Tagliatelle Ragu. Inexpensive carafs ($18)

    Brittany Diamond · April 4, 2011
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  • Matthew H.

    Try for the corner table behind the entrance. You get the indoor vibe with an open window for the summer nights.

    Matthew Honovic · June 29, 2010
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  • Michael W.

    Get the spinach gnocchi or the spaghetti! Also, cash only.

    Michael Waxman · August 6, 2014
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  • Mike D.

    The spaghetti with fresh tomato, basil & mozzarella is an absolute revelation.

    Mike Dudas · April 5, 2014
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  • Dee N.

    Spinach Gorgonzola gnocchi is out of this world good. Pick a day when the weather is great and sit outside. Wine carafes are affordable and the location is perfect for a little people-watching. #CPL8

    Dee N · August 20, 2013
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  • Manisha J.

    Spinach gnocchi in Gorgonzola sauce is amazing!!

    Manisha Johary · May 18, 2013
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  • Louis F.

    Authentic Italian at a fantastic price point. Read more

    Louis Filosa · October 3, 2011
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  • Matthew H.

    Gorgonzola Gnocchi is too good to even experiment with the rest of their great menu.

    Matthew Honovic · June 29, 2010
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  • Nick D.

    freshest bruchetta I have ever eaten. artichoke ravioli FTW

    Nick Divers · August 29, 2009
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  • Peter F.

    Try the veal meatballs. After dinner walk 1 block west and along the river

    Peter Friedman · July 26, 2009
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  • Kinjil M.

    Don't even play around. Get the spaghetti.

    Kinjil Mathur · November 12, 2014
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  • Meredith B.

    Only accepts cash. Great grilled Octopus

    Meredith Blechman · October 2, 2014
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  • Jacob C.

    The best lamb chops in NYC hands down. Get them.

    Jacob Cass · March 2, 2014
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  • Sameepa S.

    They don't take reservations for 3! And then tell you, you have 1 hr for Dinner! And the hostess doesn't make matters better (rude) the food comes fast though.calamari was good only gluten free thing

    Sameepa Shetty · February 23, 2014
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  • AP d.

    Incredibly rude hostess. Won't be back girl.

    AP du Plessis · February 23, 2014
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  • Nikki ⚡ B.

    Amazing penne arrabiata! Reminded me of my grandmas's sauces. And the spinach gnocchi was delicious, and light for a creamy sauce!

    Nikki ⚡ Borawski · October 6, 2013
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  • Alexi P.

    Refreshing to find a truly authentic Italian restaurant. Excellent food, wine, and atmosphere. Cash only.

    Alexi Potter · June 23, 2013
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  • Fred W.

    cash only!

    Fred Wilson · June 1, 2013
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  • Rina M.

    The group consensus here is spinach gnocchi. You won't regret it! :)

    Rina Madhani · May 2, 2013
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  • Steven K.

    If you're lucky you'll have Emanuelle wait on you he has all the stories and all the history

    Steven Kornblit · December 31, 2012
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  • Bill M.

    Enjoy the nice smell of trash and lack of air conditioning on a hot night.

    Bill Magnuson · August 6, 2012
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  • Felicia S.

    Try the Tagliatelle al ragu Bolognese - Sumptuous homemade noodles, hearty sauce and a great price make this pasta the one to beat.

    Felicia Sullivan · October 22, 2011
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  • Kristine

    Cash only. ATM next door at the deli.

    Kristine · August 7, 2011
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  • Zara Z.

    Perfect Italian restaurant. Try any of the ravioli and get the house red.

    Zara Z · August 4, 2011
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  • Arun D.

    Try the Spaghetti Chittara.

    Arun Dua · November 30, 2010
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  • Justin K.

    The basic chicken cutlet with tomato is perfect. 10 years + of awesome.

    Justin Kalifowitz · May 2, 2010
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  • Michael P.

    Amazing, cash only, local Italian place. Great atmosphere

    Michael Patrick · April 3, 2010
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  • MrMike M.

    Great Food!

    MrMike MrMike · October 13, 2009
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  • Sean D.

    Gnocci! Wow. And the piadines to start

    Sean Daly · 2 weeks ago
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  • Maria R.

    The steak is amazing!! Need to come back for more

    Maria Riabtchenko · 3 weeks ago
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  • Amanda T.

    $11-14 pasta

    Amanda Theiler · February 27
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  • Duygu B.

    I don't know why and how this place got 9.1. Maybe because it is on the cheap side. Pastas were mediocre. They did not take order until we asked and forgot the appetizers. However desserts were good.

    Duygu Basaran · February 27
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  • Nicolette R.

    Don't leave without ordering the spinach gnocchi. It's one of the top 3 gnocchi dishes in the city!

    Nicolette Romero · February 14
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  • DoubleDeuce

    This is the West Village vibe that you want. Go here on a nice day, sit outside, take in the air, enjoy your meal, go stroll the West Village, grab a drink...but start it all here.

    DoubleDeuce · January 28
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  • Tarik H.

    Good pasta. If you're outside, try and sit on the Washington side, not the Christopher side to avoid the traffic fumes.

    Tarik Hart · January 20
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  • Joe D.

    Cash only! But really delicious food. The gnocchi is something not to be missed, specifically the spinach gnocchi.

    Joe DaVinci · December 28, 2014
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  • Arman P.

    Spinach gnochi!!!!

    Arman Pap · December 28, 2014
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  • Brigette K.

    Date night with my boyfriend! Very cozy and great food, cash only. Not too expensive. Sort of weird how they seat you, not many two tops. Be prepared to wait. Waiters nice but scatterbrained.

    Brigette K. · December 13, 2014
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  • Sachin

    Penne arrabiata, always a good choice. My favorite Italian place in NYC

    Sachin · December 11, 2014
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  • Jessica C.

    TAGLIATELLE AL RAGU 🍝😊

    Jessica Chu · November 24, 2014
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  • Giulia P.

    I calamari alla griglia!

    Giulia Prati · February 13
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  • Tules Y.

    Spaghetti alla chitarra!

    Tules Yegin · January 9
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