Malatesta Trattoria

Malatesta Trattoria

Italian Restaurant · West Village
649 Washington St (at Christopher St), New York, NY 10014, United States
Closed until Noon (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 5:30 PM–11:30 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • Noon–11:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 371 votes

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    Nikki 🌺
    "And the spinach gnocchi was delicious, and light for a creamy sauce!"(40 Tips)
    Johannes S.
    "Excellent Tagliatelle Ragu, but ignore the Tiramisu"(9 Tips)
    New York Habitat
    "Good authentic Italian food in a cozy atmosphere."(7 Tips)
    Dee N.
    "Spinach Gorgonzola gnocchi is out of this world good."(3 Tips)
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  • spinach gnocchi
  • good for dates
  • tagliatelle
  • romantic
  • calamari
  • cozy
  • ravioli
  • wine
  • chicken cutlets
  • cute
  • outdoor seating
  • spaghetti
  • lively
  • artichoke salad
  • casual
  • penne arrabiata
  • Bolognese
  • veal meatballs
  • bruschetta
  • hidden gem
  • Seline J.

    Home style hearty Italian. Nothing mind blowing though. Food came out lukewarm and VERY VERY FAST.

    Seline Jung · October 28
  • Lee H.

    The best chicken Milanese and pasta in the city

    Lee Hoffman · October 8
  • Eric

    Wonderful gnocchi!

    Eric · September 26
  • victoria m.

    Spinach gnocchi is bomb... I'm about to eat the last bit in one bite

    victoria mcgill · August 29
  • Elizabeth R.

    Delicious food , great service

    Elizabeth Ray · August 17
  • Michael N.

    Gnocchi gnocchi gnocchi. Get the spinach or potato. Ask for whatever sauce you want - they mix and match the pastas no problem. Meatballs are great too

    Michael Natale · July 31
  • Alex R.

    This place is cash only - there is an ATM in the deli around the corner. The food is great, service is whatever, but be prepared to fall asleep after eating the gnocchi - It made me pass out. :)

    Alex Richards · July 30
  • Jipsta

    Fantastic food and ambiance. Cash only though!

    Jipsta · July 26
  • Kay Hwa T.

    Compared to other italian joints in the west village I'm going to give this is a 5.5. You can get a better bang for your buck elsewhere. Don't bother with the tiramisù as it is overrated indeed.

    Kay Hwa Tan · July 8
  • Val T.

    Get the spinach gnocchi, which is by far the best pasta here!

    Val T · July 2
  • Graham L.

    Definitely make a reservation.

    Graham Lindner · June 23
  • Ayca A.

    Special black ink linguini with shrimp... Omg to die for.. Also raw artichoke salad is must try!!!

    Ayca Acun · June 16
  • Annie K.

    Great pasta at this romantic dinner date spot. Snag a table outside and enjoy this quite corner in the west village, away from it all, it actually feels like you traveled to Italy.

    Annie Kearns · May 17
  • Teddy L.

    calamari appetizer was delicious!

    Teddy Lu · April 20
  • Sean D.

    Gnocci! Wow. And the piadines to start

    Sean Daly · March 9
  • Maria R.

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

  • Amanda T.

    $11-14 pasta

    Amanda Theiler · February 27
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Arman P.

    Spinach gnochi!!!!

    Arman Pap · December 28, 2014
  • 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
  • Sachin

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

    Sachin · December 11, 2014
  • Hector T.

    Get the gnocchi. Make a reservation for this cash-only spot.

    Hector TheGreat · November 26, 2014
  • Jessica C.


    Jessica Chu · November 24, 2014
  • Kinjil M.

    Don't even play around. Get the spaghetti.

    Kinjil Mathur · November 12, 2014
  • Patrick B.

    Fresh pasta is awesome and worth the trip, get the Spaghetti &/or spinach gnocchi

    Patrick Baskin · November 3, 2014
  • Angie P.

    Spinach gnocchi

    Angie P · October 21, 2014
  • emily c.

    the spinach gnocchi and the ragu is what to get here. expect a wait and cash only!

    emily chen · October 19, 2014
  • Meg F.

    Was taken on a first date here and really enjoyed it. Gnocchi was delish, scene was super cute, service was superb.

    Meg Farmer · October 8, 2014
  • Meredith B.

    Only accepts cash. Great grilled Octopus

    Meredith Blechman · October 2, 2014
  • Becca B.

    One of my all time favorite Italian restaurants in NY. The spinach gnocchi can turn your day around. Cash only!

    Becca Bae · September 24, 2014
  • Chet M.

    One of the highest value dinners in the area. Fresh, homemade pasta and sauces at a very affordable price. Highly recommended.

    Chet Mancini · September 20, 2014
  • Abigail A.

    Cash only. Get the spinach gnocchi. Excellent value.

    Abigail Argersinger · September 20, 2014
  • Michael

    Do you have enough cash to pay for your dinner? (No credit cards accepted). Excellent homemade pastas.

    Michael · September 14, 2014
  • rafael p.

    transport yourself to a whole other place - amazing ambiance.

    rafael p · September 7, 2014
  • Drew J.

    Amazing authentic Italian food. Try the spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce. It's cash only, though, so plan ahead.

    Drew Jennings · September 4, 2014
  • Wesley B.

    Cute, casual, and somewhat romantic, with great outdoor seating. Food is superb, though the appetizers (bruschetta, etc.) were underwhelming.

    Wesley Bliss · August 23, 2014
  • Berk K.

    It looks like a fun place to sit outside during summer.

    Berk Kapicioglu · August 21, 2014
  • Nik W.

    Holy lamb chops Batman. Best I've had in New York.

    Nik Williamson · August 13, 2014
  • AFAR Media

    If you come during peak hours and days, be prepared to wait, but there are plenty of places nearby to grab a drink, as well as the West Side Highway and Hudson River only one short block west. Read more

    AFAR Media · August 12, 2014
  • samantha h.

    *Unbelievably good.* Authentic Italian food in a relaxed atmosphere that reminded me of restaurants in Italy. Spaghetti alla chitarra! Tagliatelle in ragu! Inexpensive wine. What's not to love here!

    samantha hankins · August 8, 2014
  • Michael W.

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

    Michael Waxman · August 6, 2014
  • Village Voice

    Enjoy the stuffed flatbread piadina, or the predictably great bolognese sauce, here called by its proper name of tagliatelle al ragu. Read more

    Village Voice · August 4, 2014
  • Jack M.

    Tasty food, well prepared. A little pricey for the service, and cash only.

    Jack Maitre · July 18, 2014
  • Niket S.

    CASH ONLY! Also, cheap and delicious house wine :)

    Niket Sanghvi · June 11, 2014
  • Emmanuel T.

    Great spinach gnocchi con Gorgonzola

    Emmanuel Trentin · June 1, 2014
  • AL

    Great food! Beware it's cash only!

    AL · May 15, 2014

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