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. 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
Stop by the neighborhood’s resident cigar shop, Mulberry Street Cigars, for a taste of mafioso life. 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
There’s nothing like an authentic Italian bakery, and Ferrara is the best 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
Behind the red door at 149 Mulberry Street is one of New York’s best kept cocktail secrets—Mulberry Project. With a speakeasy vibe and creatively delicious drinks you might never leave this booming basement bar. Start things off with the Slick Willy, a fennel-infused bourbon sour, and see where the night takes you.
Mulberry Project. 149 Mulberry St, New York, NY. (646) 448-4536
White brick walls, dangling pendant lights and soft wood accents create a pleasant atmosphere inside Two Hands Cafe. Take a break from pasta and cannolis and head here for a cappuccino and an Instagram-worthy acai bowl.
Two Hands Cafe. 164 Mott St, New York, NY.