Pizza, Pasta, Chianti, Churches

Little Italy NYC is just a few blocks, with tons of outdoor restaurants and owners promising free wine and sangria to lure you in. Puglia is a favorite restaurant for families with their live singing and kids standing on their chairs waving napkins.

Visit the new Italian American Museum, which tells the story "from Columbus to Cuomo," the original Old St. Patrick’s Church and NYC Police Headquarters. For another NYC Italian experience, many consider Arthur Avenue in the Bronx a more authentic Little Italy these days.

Little Italy NYC Things to Do

The heart of Little Italy is Mulberry Street, b/w Broome and Canal  (2 blocks)

National Shrine of San Gennaro (113 Baxter, Canal) – replica of the grotto at Lourdes church, and sponsor of the Annual Feast of San Gennaro

DiPalo’s Fine Foods – amazing market for fine meats and cheeses, make sure to ask for samples.

Old St. Patrick’s Church (263 Mulberry St, Mott/Prince) –  beautiful Gothic revival church from 1809, as seen in the Godfather in the Baptism scene and the original home to new diocese of New York before the larger St. Patrick’s on 5th Ave.  Note: Prince St. is 2 blocks north of Broome

Italian American Museum (155 Mulberry) – "Preserves, promotes, and celebrates the culture and history of Italian Americans, serving as living record of their contributions to America and a bridge between the remarkable past and the evolving future of the community. We seek to tell our whole story from Columbus to Cuomo"

NYC Police Headquarters Building (240 Centre St, Broome/Grand) – beautiful white building with copper dome, was headquarters until 1973, and also seen in Gangs of New York. Today it is apartments.

Annual Feast of San Gennaro

If you’re looking to compare every slice of Pizza in NYC, or have a ‘sausage, onion and pepper’ sandwich, San Gennaro, held every September, is the festival for you! Although it is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro has a huge variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition!

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Chinatown, Little Italy & SoHo Tours

Ahoy New York Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest Tours

Ahoy New York Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest Tours

Ahoy New York Food Tours takes locals and visitors alike on a cultural walk of Chinatown and Little Italy. Taste delicious foods, while learning about the culture and history of these unique New York City neighborhoods. Eat ethnic foods, like homemade fresh mozzarella and authentic Chinese dumplings, while seeing some of New York City's hidden gems and historical landmarks.

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Little Italy NYC Recommended Restaurants

I hate to say this, but Little Italy is “not what it used to be” and many better Italian restaurants are now found in other neighborhoods. Most of the restaurants (many run by Albanians, not Italians) are good (not great), have vibrant atmospheres and outdoor cafes, are all family-friendly and offer prix-fixe meals. These are some of our favorites still frequented by NYC locals.

Puglia (189 Hester, Mulberry) – family-style Italian with live singing. Kids stand on the chairs and twirl their napkins.

Rubirosa (235 Mulberry) – this is an artisan pizza/italian/wine bar with a sophisticated vibe and a great place to meet up with friends or as a couple. Sit at a table or the bar – you can’t go wrong either way.

Umberto’s Clam House (132 Mulberry Street) – known for baked clams, lobster ravioli and their red sauce, offering both old-school traditional dishes, as well those with a modern Italian flair. Though it is now at a new location, Umberto’s is also known as the restaurant where mobster Joey Gallo was shot in 1972, as featured in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (2019).

Il Cortile (125 Mulberry, Hester St) – Northern Italian

Vincent’s (119 Mott St @ Hester St) – 100+ year old institution. Tomato sauce comes 3 ways: sweet, medium, and hot.  Baked clams and fried calamari are recommended.

Best Restaurants Near Little Italy

Here are some top picks within steps of Little Italy considered local favorites:

Lombardi’s (32 Spring St at Mott St) a block north of Little Italy, but many New Yorkers think it’s the best pizza in NYC

Emilio’s Ballato (55 E Houston St, Green & Mulberry) – this tiny, no reservations allowed NYC classic attracts celebs and New Yorkers of all kinds and the food consistently earns rave reviews. Chef Emilio can often be seen chatting with guests and for the most part, the service is great. If you’re willing to wait for a table, maybe you’ll spot Pres Obama, Justin Bieber, Billy Joel or Lenny Kravitz.

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E. Rossi & Co (Mulberry and Grand) – Italian kitchen and house wares, such as espresso makers, mostly Italian-American kitsch.

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Little Italy NYC Hotels

Little Italy is a such a small area, there are not many hotels. To stay near here, you’ll find a much better selection of hotels nearby on the Lower East Side, in SoHo, Tribeca and Chinatown.

I believe the only 2 hotels in Little Italy are the Solita Soho Hotel @ 159 Grand St and the NobleDEN Hotel @ 196 Grand St.

Here are some of our top Chinatown hotel picks:

Hotel 50 Bowery

50 Bowery, opened in 2017, is a 229-room boutique hotel with incredible views of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and the World Trade Center from many of their rooms, as well as for all guests from their 21st floor Rooftop, The Crown. Situated right in the heart of Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side, 50 Bowery puts you within 5-10 minutes of at least 400 restaurants (I’m underestimating) from every ethnicity and for every price range you can imagine. Within the hotel, you’ll find luxury linens, flat screen TVs, complimentary WiFi and most pets are welcomed!

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The Wyndham Garden Chinatown is a bargain hunters dream hotel. The real allure are the rooms and suites with floor to ceiling windows with stunning views of the city. Enjoy the The Bowery Beer Garden (street level) and Rooftop 93 (18th Floor) with indoor/outdoor seating and sweeping skyline views. Be in the heart of everything, easily walk anywhere south of 14th St in NYC, spend your time around real New Yorkers and pay half of what the "Times Square" crowd does!

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Little Italy NYC Subways

  • J/M/Z to Canal
  • N/R/Q/W to Canal
  • 6 to Canal
  • General Address: 263 Mulberry St, NY, NY 10012

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Little Italy NYC

Little Italy NYC Guide is a just a few blocks, with tons of outdoor restaurants and owners promising free wine and sangria to lure you in. Puglia is a favorite restaurant for families with their live singing and kids standing on their chairs waving napkins. Visit the new Italian American Museum, which tells the story "from Columbus to Cuomo," the original Old St. Patrick's Church and NYC Police Headquarters.

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