One of the best ways to get the most out of New York City is through gastronomy, that’s right, going out to the streets of New York in search of the best delicacies in the city is one of the best plans you can make on your New York City tour. That’s why we’ve created a guide you will love, a list of restaurants that will not only take you for a walk in the Big Apple, but also show you the best of Little Italy, so join us for this gastronomic journey through Lower Manhattan.

Let’s begin!

Ferrara Bakery and Café

Located at 195 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

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Our first stop on this gastronomic tour of New York is the iconic Ferrara Bakery and Café. The history of this restaurant is amazing, in its beginnings it was a gentlemen’s club, where the first Italians of the Big Apple met, with the passage of time its doors were opened to different publics and became the restaurant that is known today and one of the most loved by New Yorkers. Here you can have a cup of espresso accompanied by a cannoli with ricotta cheese, chocolate chips and vanilla. You will love it!

Alleva Dairy

Located at 188 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

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This restaurant is the oldest cheese shop in the United States, has been in existence for decades and is famous not only for its antiquity, but also because it is one of the best Italian restaurants in New York City. What should you eat in Alleva? The answer is easy, mozzarella cheese, its most famous cheese for which people line up in this restaurant. Another delicious cheese that you can find in Alleva is the mozzarella of ricotta, a delicacy for your palate. There is no doubt that this restaurant has taken the art of cheese making to another level.

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Piemonte Ravioli

Located at 190 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

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You want to try the real Italian homemade pasta? Then don’t hesitate a second and go straight to Piemonte Ravioli, this restaurant has the best pasta in town. In addition to its great homemade pasta its sauces are great, proving that this is a 100% Italian restaurant. In Piemonte Ravioli you will find a great variety of dishes, all of them exquisite, but we recommend you the marinara gnocchi. They are from another planet! This restaurant has no bad side, if you want to eat here every day do it, you will never get bored of its menu.

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Di Palo’s Fine Food

Located at 200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

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A very modern restaurant and this is reflected in its cuisine, which is very varied, and you can say that it seems to have all the Italian cuisine included in its menu, where you will find dishes such as Parmegiano Reggiano, moliterno, which is a sheep’s milk cheese or the famous Piave. Di Palo Fine Food has an extensive variety of pastas, all of them homemade, among them are preparations such as Vermicelli with Vongole or Fettuccine with Duck and olives. It is worth mentioning its customer service, it is very good, no matter how long the line is, they will always attend you well. Di Palo Fine Food is a restaurant that will give a great experience to all your senses.

Benito One

Located at 174 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

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A small but very cozy restaurant, that’s the first impression any diner can have of Benito One. Once inside the restaurant you will realize that it is a wonderful place, where the Italian essence and its magnificent gastronomy overflow. The dishes prepared in this restaurant are a feast for the palate, also its food has that homemade touch that enchants any lover of Italian food. One of their outstanding dishes are their Ravioli, prepared in the perfect spot and accompanied by seafood sauce, they are finger-licking! In addition to the main course, the desserts of this restaurant are a delight, you cannot leave Benito One without trying the Tiramisu. Another highlight of this restaurant is that your food will always be accompanied by good Italian music. Two thumbs up for Benito One.

Some history to know about Little Italy

In the 1970s hundreds of immigrants arrived in New York City, finding in the Big Apple a new home and a new life in Manhattan, where they decided to settle with their families. Mulberry Street, eventually began to be known as Little Italy, this street has played for years a very important role in New York life, there the Italian mafia began its expansion across the Big Apple and United States. Not only the mafia stands out in Little Italy, this neighborhood of New York has given great artists of the cinema, in addition its gastronomic contribution has been invaluable in the New York culture.

With the passage of time Little Italy has been reduced, in its beginnings the neighborhood extended from canal Street to Huston Street, but today Little Italy are only the streets of Mulberry Street, this is because Chinatown is gaining more and more ground in the city. Although Little Italy no longer occupies the place of before, when you see the red, green and white flags and the colorful facades will invade a great excitement to be in one of the most wonderful places in New York.