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Favorite place in Little Italy?

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Yesac23 Aug 2, 2013 07:28 AM

Does anyone have recommendations for their favorite place in LIttle Italy? Looking for all price points please :)

Thanks!

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  1. carolinadawg RE: Yesac23 Aug 2, 2013 07:42 AM

    Have you looked at any of the existing posts on the subject?:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/881162
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/857780
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/348828
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/864730

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      kathryn RE: Yesac23 Aug 2, 2013 08:32 AM

      Little Italy is extremely touristy and many of the restaurants are not worth your time. Stroll through but go eat on the Bowery or Nolita or something.

      Is there a specific reason you want to eat there?

      Are you only looking for Italian food?

      How about Rubirosa instead? Torrisi Italian Specialties? Parm?

      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

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        foodwhisperer RE: kathryn Aug 2, 2013 09:46 PM

        Or even Osteria Morini,,,the places you mention and OM are close enough to Little Italy to qualify as "Little Italy Area"

      2. JungMann RE: Yesac23 Aug 2, 2013 08:36 AM

        The subway station to get the heck out of there. It's only the tourists who are keeping these restaurants open, not the quality.

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          Sneakeater RE: Yesac23 Aug 2, 2013 08:37 AM

          I've recounted this conversation before (probably in one of the threads linked by Kathryn). But it seems on-point here.

          OUT-OF-TOWN FRIEND: Where should I eat in Little Italy?

          ME: Nowhere. I'd never go there.

          OUT-OF-TOWN FRIEND: Surely everyone in New York has a favorite place in LIttle Italy.

          ME: People in New York don't eat in Little Italy. They go someplace good.

          OUT-OF-TOWN FRIEND: So where should I eat in Little Italy?

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            alc RE: Yesac23 Aug 2, 2013 11:38 AM

            I like Il Cortile

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              pravit RE: Yesac23 Aug 2, 2013 05:49 PM

              I like 180 Neapolitan Eatery. It's on the 2nd floor of a building on the southeast corner of Hester and Mulberry (180 Hester). You go into an elevator and come out on the 2nd floor in the restaurant. I wrote about it here:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904031

              Otherwise, I would recommend Rubirosa further north.

              1. prima RE: Yesac23 Aug 3, 2013 06:51 AM

                Ferrara is my favourite place in Little Italy. I end up in Little Italy almost every time I give my less-familiar-with-NYC family/friends a walking tour (often starting at Canal St, and working our way towards Greenwich Village or Union Square, stopping to window shop and nosh along the way). Most of them want at least a snack in Little Italy, so we usually stop for an espresso and a cannoli at Ferrara. Even if it's touristy, it's got a nicer atmosphere than most of the Mulberry St restos. Not the best cannoli, but I don't mind stopping there. It's also the only place in Little Italy I've visited more than once. :)

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