Manhattan’s Little Italy is home to overpriced, wildly mediocre restaurants packed with nostalgic tourists twirling bites from heaping plates of spaghetti. Let’s face it: New Yorkers don’t eat in Little Italy. At least, they don’t really eat in the Little Italy of today, a honky tonk stretch of Mulberry Street north of Canal and a smattering of Mott Street, dotted with restaurants where the red sauce often tastes like it came from a jar.
But in 1890, when over half of all Italians in New York City lived in Little Italy, the neighborhood extended from East Houston to Chambers Street, and from Broadway to the Bowery. Do yourself a favor: Pretend it’s 1890, and venture to the outer limits.
By that definition, Little Italy still has some dolce vida left in it — here’s where to do the neighborhood right.
Note: This an updated version of a map originally published in 2017.Read More