If you want to fully experience Little Italy in New York make Mulberry St. your focus and begin walking down it starting at Broome St. and heading towards Canal St.
- Take the 6 to Spring St. and walk east 2 blocks to Mulberry
- Take the N or R to Prince St. and walk east 3 blocks
- Take the F or V to Broadway/Lafayette and walk east 4 blocks then head south).
Do not eat before visiting Little Italy and try to go around lunch time if possible. The area is almost completely comprised of ambient Italian bakeries, cafes and restaurants (many with outdoor seating or backyard gardens/patios). Friendly, Italian waiters will call to you and try to persuade you to come into their eateries with price specials, free wine, and compliments (I didn’t mind this! haha). Some specials around lunch time that you can find include:
- Amici II- $7.95 pasta lunch special
- Crudo Wineria con Cucina- $12.95 pasta lunch including a glass of wine or a Sam Adams beer
- Grotta Azzurra Ristorante- 2-course prix fixe meals which includes a pasta dish and as entree: Monday-Friday Lunch: $9.95; Sat-Sun Lunch $12.95; Dinner: $19.95
- Novella- lunch and dinner special is a $10 pizza, pasta or panni which includes a glass of wine
I didn’t eat until around 5PM and just wanted to have something light to eat before I went to a dinner part at 7PM, so I chose Il Piccolo Bufalo because they have enormous bowls of soup for $5, which included garlic bread and oil. And, I was able to add a delicious side salad with a creamy balsamic for only $3. This I found to be a lot cheaper than the other restaurants because I didn’t want to get a pasta, pizza, or wine special.
Here are some other recommendations on things to do in Little Italy:
- Go to the free wine tasting at Mulberry Wines (daily from 7-9 PM). While they feature Italian varieties such as Castle Venus Chardonnay and Monte Degli Angeli Pinot Noir, there are wines from all over the world, specially South America.
- If it’s a Friday or a Saturday, visit the Italian American Museum to learn more about life for Italian Americans and their contributions to society. Hours are Friday from 4-9PM and Saturday from 12-6PM.
- Browse the gift shops. While aimed at tourists, it can be fun to look at all of the Italian-inspired bibs and t-shirts, Jersey Shore references, and common New York souvenir type stuff (my personal favorite is the old black and white photos, which you can find here!)
- Get a cannoli at Cha Cha’s In Boca al Lupo. Big, delicious portions and you can sit out in their garden patio to drink or smoke.