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Where to eat in Little Italy?

Coming to NYC at the last minute. Where should we eat in Little Italy where we might possible get in at a reasonable hour?

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  1. What do you mean by a "reasonable hour?" When I walked down Mulberry Street two weeks ago, around 6:30, the restaurants were almost all empty and there were touts outside many of them.

    1. Honestly, don't waste your time or money in Little Italy. There are no good places to eat and it really is just a tourist trap. If you want good Italian food for a reasonable price that is downtown, try Frankie Sputino on Clinton Street. That's near Little Italy, but infinitely better food.

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      1. re: luckiestduck

        I do think that Il Cortile is pretty good and if no one goes to Little Italy it won't survive so I'm in favor of an occasional meal there. You can't do Babbo every day!

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Il Cortile
        125 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: bronwen

          Il Cortile is excellent. I.M.H.O.
          We've eaten at quite a few Little Italy restaurants and have never had a bad meal. They are decent and friendly but not up high on the gourmet level.

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          Il Cortile
          125 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

      2. torrisi, perhaps? i believe they open at 5:30pm for dinner. i haven't been there but it seems that it's been EXTREMELY well reviewed and i've heard so many grand things about the food from friends who've gone.

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        Torrisi Italian Specialties
        250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: selenster

          There is always a big wait there at any normal dinner hour.

          Otto might work for you - waits are usually not bad because it's big.

          1. re: selenster

            Torrisi would be a strange choice. It's by far the hardest restaurant to get into in the neighborhood, it has no Little Italy history to it (it's quite new) and it proudly doesn't use Italian ingredients.

            The second reply was right. By all means look around Little Italy, stop for a capuccino, and then go and eat somewhere else. The best Italian restaurants, even old school red sauce style, are elsewhere.

          2. The only places worth eating at in Little Italy are Chinese.

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            1. re: Chandavkl

              Agreed. Note that many of those Chinese restaurants are entirely worth the trip.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                +2. Pho Bang, 157 Mott Street.

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                Pho Bang
                157 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

              2. I like Il Cortile, Angelos and Da Nico. Of the three I think Il Cortile has the nicest interior.

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                Angelo of Mulberry Street
                146 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

                Da Nico
                164 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

                Il Cortile
                125 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

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                1. re: TooLooseLaTrek

                  I'm in general agreement with previous posters. Overall, Little Italy isn't home to many high quality Italian restaurants, but having said that, Il Cortile is pretty good and quite attractive.

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                  Il Cortile
                  125 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013