Little Italy in New York
In recent years, Little Italy in New York is gradually being taken over by the expansion of Chinatown. The Italian influence is diminishing as well, due to the original residents moving to other Italian boroughs. Luckily, the heart of Little Italy still beats if you take the time to slowly stroll through the streets. New Yorkers love to give names to areas (I was once told that real estate agents love doing this as it makes the neighbourhood sound chic and hip) and so the Northern bit of Little Italy is called NoLita – Northern Little Italy. The true Italian stores and restaurants are still located on Grand and Mulberry Street. It is not very cheap, but the quality is on average OK.
Food and Drinks in Little Italy
A great Mafia place is Umberto’s Clam House on 132 Mulberry Street. At their old address, two blocks down, mobster Joe Gallo was shot while he was enjoying some fish. That probably won’t happen to you: it has become a very safe neighbourhood, if not a little boring. Go to the Mulberry Street Bar on 176 Mulberry Street. It looks rather shady, but that is after all what you are looking for in Little Italy. The Sopranos also used this place.