The blocks surrounding Mulberry Street in Lower Manhattan are home to the largest concentration of Italian culture in NYC. While you probably won’t find mob bosses roaming the streets or dashing across rooftops these days, there’s still plenty to see in this vibrant area—and plenty of authentic Italian institutions the Godfather would certainly approve. Here’s your guide for things to do in Little Italy, NYC.
The first thing you want to do in Little Italy is eat. But steer clear of the tourist traps and wannabe trattorias and head to Pellegrino’s. This no frills, mahogany-painted establishment serves up Italian classics done right—like Rigatoni alla Vodka, Veal Marsala and Zuppe di Pesce.
Pellegrino’s Ristorante Italiano. 138 Mulberry St, New York, NY. (212) 226-3177
The Godfather likes to keep a low profile, so it only makes sense that his watering hole of choice would be a speakeasy. Behind the red door at 149 Mulberry Street is one of New York’s best kept cocktail secrets—Mulberry Project. This clandestine spot serves a collection of creative cocktails like the Slick Willy—a fennel-infused bourbon sour that’s sure to have you coming back for more.
Mulberry Project. 149 Mulberry St, New York, NY. (646) 448-4536
Nothing says mafioso like a fat stogie, and Mulberry Street Cigars has the neighborhood’s best collection. The shop is famous for its hand-rolled cigars, made on-site to your taste. Enjoy your creation on the smoking bench outside on bustling Mulberry Street for some quality people-watching.
Mulberry Street Cigars. 140 Mulberry St, New York, NY. (212) 941-7400
If there’s one thing an Italian crime boss can’t live without, it’s pastries—and Ferrara is the best bakery in the business. Homemade cannolis, sfogliatella, biscotti and gelato have been served from the same spot by the same family since 1892, making it a true NYC classic.
Ferrara Bakery & Cafe. 195 Grand St, New York, NY. (212) 226-6150