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(Little Italy and Nolita)
New York, NY
POPULAR TIMESWeekends; Italian cultural events
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTSSan Gennaro festival; offbeat Nolita boutiques
SUBWAYSpring St. (6); Prince St. (N, R); Canal St.-Centre St. (J, Z); Canal St.-Broadway (N, Q, R); Canal St.-Lafayette St. (6)
Back in the day, Italian mafiosos (think Gotti) ruled the blocks of Little Italy, but these days, now that gentrifying forces have glammed up the district’s historic tenement buildings, Italian leather handbags and gourmet cheeses are the “godfathers” or these streets. Classic Italian restaurants and delis like Di Palo’s (200 Grand Street) still dish up authentic eats, but–especially in the neighborhood’s northernmost corner Nolita–more of the newly arrived restaurateurs are fashion-forward foodies like the duo behind Torrisi Italian Specialties (250 Mulberry Street). Those hunting for a connection with the fast-evaporating Italian cultural heritage of the neighborhood should head to Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral (at Prince and Mulberry Streets) or check out the Feast of San Gennaro, an 11-day festival in September celebrating the patron saint of Naples.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; shopping companions; gourmets; a date; kids
WHY WE LIKE IT
There are tons of interesting independent boutiques to explore. We’re always up for an afternoon of café hopping and boutique trawling, especially in Nolita, followed by an evening of supping on authentic Italian eats.
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GOOD TO KNOW
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