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Apr 11, 2011 10:47 AM

Taking Students to Little Italy, Recommendations?

I'm taking a group of twenty college freshman on a field trip. They want to eat in Little Italy. Any recommendations for a place that could do something at $25-$35 a head?

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  1. vietnamese, Nha Trang Centre
    or dim sum Red Egg
    both better than LI

    Nha Trang
    148 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

    Red Egg
    202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

    1. tell them to wander Little Italy but then take them to eat somewhere better...maybe Cacio e Vino on 2nd Ave...

      Cacio e Vino
      80 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

      1. Why do they want to eat in Little Italy? Do they just really want good Italian food? Because it's not there...

        1. No one's really answering my question. They want to eat in Little Italy because they're college freshmen, tourists if you will. Why not offer help instead of sneers?

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          1. re: J.T.

            It's not a sneer to ask for information to help get them a good meal. You could even tell them that Little Italy is nothing more than a bunch of tourist trap mediocre restaurants, and that if they want good Italian food, it's not the place to eat it. You'd be doing them a favor.

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              I concur. Wholeheartedly.
              The first two responses were honest and spot on. Walk the streets, take in the atmosphere, but for good Italian food go elsewhere.
              Cacio e Vino, by the way, is an excellent suggestion.

              Cacio e Vino
              80 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

            2. re: J.T.

              I would take them to Angelo's on Mulberry Street. It's one of the last few, true Italian, restaurants in Little Italy. In my opinion, they are the best of old Mulberry Street and a do a fair representation of old school Mulberry Street. After that, I would take them to Little Cupcake Bakeshop up north on Prince and Mott. While not Italian ( although, I think the owners are), it's the best dessert experience in the nabe.

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

              Little Cupcake Bakeshop
              30 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

              1. re: J.T.

                There isn't a single good restaurant in Little Italy.

              2. Well, the problem is that little italy has become a pretty bad tourist trap. In fact I'm not really sure why it still exists except as a strange little museum to what the neighborhood used to be like. It's almost completely subsumed by chinatown.

                Most people who live/eat in NYC don't go there (anymore). Now... having said that, I went to a place called Lunella a number of years ago with a large group, and they were pretty accommodating with a family-style dinner.

                N.B. I wasn't paying, and since it was easily 5 years ago I can't/won't try to comment on the food. Only that they seemed to do a good job with feeding 15-20 people. And it was in Little Italy.

                173 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013