Named for the mulberry farms that once stood here, Mulberry St is now better known as the meat in Little Italy's sauce. It's an animated...
Italian American Museum
Visit the Museum of Italian American Heritage on the corner of Grand St for a real education on the 'hood. Hours change frequently;...
Lurking behind an unmarked door is this intimate, cavernous cocktail den, with its festive, 'garden-party' backyard one of the best...
Little Italy information
Unlike Chinatown, which feels as though it’s bursting at the seams, Little Italy has been steadily shrinking over the last 50 years. The once strong Italian neighborhood (film director Martin Scorsese grew up on Elizabeth St) saw an exodus in the mid-20th century when many of its residents moved to more suburban neighborhoods in Brooklyn and beyond. Still, loyal Italian Americans flock here to gather around red-and-white-checked tablecloths for heaping pasta and pizza portions. If you’re in town in late September, be sure to check out the raucous San Gennaro Festival, which honors the patron saint of Naples. New York’s tribute to the Boot-land is mostly concentrated on Mulberry St between Broome and Canal Sts. Here you’ll find scores of restaurants with their signature checkerboard tablecloths spooning out bowlfuls of homemade pasta and spinning hot tin trays of Neapolitan slices. It’s got a pick-a-table-and-enjoy kinda vibe, so put down the guidebook and enjoy the dolce vita.