A good menu, like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, is full of surprises, has a creative concoction for every desire, and will cause the indecisive to persistently turn back to page three. Delve into an edible excursion with a delightful ending with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and drinks at Rafaella on Ninth, located in Chelsea.
In a charming corner bistro illuminated by picture windows and a view of bustling Ninth Avenue, Rafaella on Ninth sates light-lunchers and famished foodies alike with a diverse and innovative menu. Sun-dried tomatoes and a roasted red-pepper garnish enhance the moroccan chicken crêpe ($10.95), and taste buds are treated to a creamy, tropical paradise with the banana-nutella crêpe ($8.95). Heartier helpings abound with traditional Italian entrees, such as the fettuccine Rafaella ($12.95), which is served in a cream-sauce concoction of prosciutto and mushrooms. Those pining for Fertile Crescent favorites can engorge with the Middle Easter Platter ($10.95), where hummus, olives, and hearts of palm team up. Pizzas, sandwiches, and vegan fare also bedeck Rafaella's tempting tables, and a parade of candied confections—from peanut-butter caramel fudge ($6) to pumpkin-cognac cheesecake ($6)—ensure that meal-finishing threats of withheld dessert will be obediently followed by children, relatives, and Cookie Monsters.
- The atmosphere is casual but adorable. A good place for a date or just popping in with a friend. – Danika L., Yelp
- I love this cozy neighborhood nook for Saturday or Sunday brunch. It's utterly charming, full of locals on a quiet, delightful, people watching block of Ninth Ave. – diverdown, Citysearch
Rafaella on Ninth
Beneath a simple black awning, gauzy tapestries hang in the windows at Rafaella Cafe, framing the restaurant’s gold-leafed name on the two front windowpanes and evoking a European sidewalk café. Inside, chefs prepare Italian, American, Mediterranean, and other world cuisines, such as turkey club sandwiches, vegan ravioli, and crepes folded around Moroccan-spiced chicken. Drinks, such as old-fashioned sodas, cucumber-mint juice, shakes, and cappuccinos complement the range of entrees. Rafaella’s servers lay each meal out on petite marble tabletops surrounded by an eclectic collection of seating, from ornate Victorian styles to midcentury chairs favored by high-school history teachers.
178 9th Ave.
New York, New York 10011Get Directions