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Malatesta Trattoria

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  • Italian
  • 649 Washington St, New York NY10014 40.732861 -74.008347
  • (At Christopher St)
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  • (212) 741-1207
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User Ratings (Based on 31 reviews)

4.335
Food 4.5 Value 4.4
Service 4.2 Atmosphere 4.2

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 741-1207
Notes:
Take Out Cash Only
Hours:
Mon-Thu: 5:30pm-11:30pm Sat-Sun: 11:30am-11:30pm
Serves:
Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Take Out, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Malatesta Trattoria

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/14/2008

    Great pasta

    The pastas are amazingly fresh, with simple, flavorful sauces. I usually get the spaghetti alla chitarra, which is perfection, and the calamari. The calamari is not the greasy, breaded stuff most restaurants serve, but grilled. The polpette (meatballs) are always delicious and great to share with a large group. the dessert has never been impressive, but fine if you need a sweet fix. The service is haphazard but never rude. you wave at whatever staff is near to you and place your order. The place gets packed at 8, so expect a wait of 30 minutes. It's a small place, so the noise level is pretty high, especially in the colder months when all the doors and window are closed.

  • Malatesta Trattoria

    Posted by De on 04/13/2008

    good food, not the best service

    Me and my husband went for dinner yesterday. I have to say food is really good and being vegetarian we don't get to see good amount of choices on the menu every time. But other than food, if you are looking for best service don't think this is best place. We called in to make reservations but they take reservations for bigger group only. I had to wait almost 20 mins to give my name as host was not there at his place. Host was rude. Waiters were wearing regular cloths (without uniform). Also it seem that there are no assigned waiter to a table. Place has that old-fashioned feel , which is nice n authentic, but it gets noisy in there, so if you are looking for romance may be not good one on weekend nights. Thankfully we were carrying enough cash along, but we were surprised to find out that they accept "cash only" .

  • Malatesta Trattoria

    Posted by lindsmills on 02/15/2008

    So Good!!

    I went here on Valentine's Day, and was expecting a mob. Instead, it was a cute, quiet Italian bistro with outstanding service. The spinach gnocci were the best gnocci i've ever had, and the homemade tiramisu was AMAZING. I'm looking forward to the next excuse I have to come here.

  • Malatesta Trattoria

    Posted by MAC on 07/02/2007

    Great Experience

    Had a memorable and amazing meal! We got there late (around 10p) so the wait was minimal and worth every second! I ordered the Spinache Gnocci which was life changing! Overall the prices were wonderful, great atmosphere, and friendly staff. I can't stop talking about my meal! I reccomend to anyone.

  • Malatesta Trattoria

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/06/2007

    Not to be missed

    I went to this place on a recommendation and was NOT disappointed. The food and wine are very reasonably priced and the quality of the dishes rivals the food in Italy! The lambchops, swordfish special and fresh pasta were to die for. The tomato bruschetta and steamed clams appetizers were amazing as well. I highly recommend.

  • Malatesta Trattoria

    Posted by west village local on 02/14/2007

    Fun, solid Italian

    Really good Italian, nice environment. Not the best restaurant if you have to stand around and wait for a table, but everyone is super nice, food is delicious, especially the homemade pastas, generous portions, reasonable prices.

  • Malatesta Trattoria

    Posted by James on 01/10/2007

    A Gem, despite the noise & wait

    I went on a Friday night at 8:30...what was I thinking! This place was as packed as any bistro could be! The true inspiration for the wait wafted out of the kitchen and kept us captivated. The atmosphere was instilled with leftover holiday celebration and cranky pans customers. The wait was extraordinary and a few of the very cranky 20 year old must be scenes should of had a cocktail before they trotted on in, when did youth become so sour? The Staff was baffling in their humor and ease amongst the chaos. My only complaint about the service, I had to ask for water...repeatedly. Our waiter was funny and steered us well until dessert. My only disappointment with the food, as a pastry chef, were those dust balls with the flavorless whipped cream (????)! Please throw away those Profiteroles!! My Pasta was clean, flavorful, and the perfect proportion. The focaccia is pure heaven. They could only sell baskets of focaccia and be the most successful West Village corner spot!!! I can't wait to check out this gem on a weeknight early to really savor the staff, food, and atmosphere!

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