“Little Italy” in New York City is an ethnic neighborhood located in Mulberry Street next to Lower Manhattan, a couple of streets away from the bustling China Town.

Once known for its large population of Italian Americans, Little Italy is the best place to get acquainted with Italian culture while in New York. Though you may not get to enjoy the sensational landscapes of Italy, but you will definitely get a chance to feel the Italian vibe in the street.

The first thing that you would likely notice walking through the Mulberry Street is the names of shops and other business are typically Italian.

Little Italy not only gives a real flavor and taste of Italy but has a charm that is something distinct to it. Lined with restaurants, coffee shops and gift shops Little Italy gives an authentic feeling of the country.

The Italian American Museum is a place to visit before exploring the neighborhood. It’s a small museum with permanent & rotating exhibits documenting Italian American history & heritage.



The Best Picks:


Caffe Roma: 385 Broome St., New York, NY 10013 . 

Caffe Roma is located in the beginning of the street and is the best place to know how authentic the experience would be walking through the streets of Little Italy.

They bake sweet-ricotta sfogliatella, biscotti, pignoli cookies and other confections right on the premises.

Long countertops, wood cabinets, a green pressed-tin ceiling, and inch-wide black and white hexagonal floor tiles convey an unmistakable old New York feel as the Caffe stands since 1891.



Amici 2: 165 Mulberry street, New York, NY 10013.

Authentic Neopolitan homemade cuisines is the speciality of the restaurant. This small restaurant can cater to 15-18 tables at once, which makes it less crowded and more service.

Moderately priced food, impressive interiors, delicious authentic food and the best wines would summarize my review about the restaurant.

Getting there

By Metro:

Routes J and Z stops at the Bowery Street from where Little Italy (Mulbery Street) is 2 blocks away towards the Mueseum of Chinese in America.

Routes J,Z,N,Q,6 stops at Canal Street from where (Little Italy) Mulberry Street is 2 blocks away through the Canal Street.

10 comments on “Little Italy in New York.

  1. Went to New York a couple of years ago and little Italy was my favorite. Seen it in movies too and it was just an amazing feel to be there. Great post. 🙂

  2. I am always fascinated by these kind of neighbourhoods in cities, we have them in many of the cities of the world and they are a microcosm of their original countries, e.g. we have Little India and China Town in Singapore, and so on.

    • Absolutely Voyager, it is indeed a distinct feeling to experience the lifestyle in such neighborhoods while living in a completely different part of the world.

  3. Thats what I love about New York, their takes on different cities! Unfortunately I missed out on Little Italy while I was there, but the authenticity of Chinatown surprised me. Will definitely drop by Caffe Rome the next time I’m there.

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