Manhattan’s Little Italy is home to a seemingly endless collection of overpriced, wildly mediocre restaurants packed with tourists twirling spaghetti on their forks. Let’s face it: New Yorkers don’t often eat in Little Italy, a honkytonk stretch of Mulberry Street north of Canal dotted with restaurants where the red sauce often tastes like it might have been pumped from a single underground reservoir.
But in 1890, when over half of all Italians in New York City lived in Little Italy, the neighborhood extended much further, from East Houston to Chambers Street, and from Broadway to the Bowery. Do yourself a favor, and venture to the outer limits of the old neighborhood, where some of its best Italian restaurants still linger. Sadly, ancient courthouse favorite Forlini’s closed since the last edition of this map, but Little Italy still has plenty of dolce vida left. Here’s where to do the neighborhood right.
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