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The pocket-sized NYC neighborhood of Nolita was considered part of Little Italy until the mid-90s, when it experienced a rush of trendy restaurant and boutique openings. Since then, the neighborhood has been known as Nolita, which means North of Little Italy. Its narrow streets are home to numerous galleries, independent shops, and bijou cafés.
Explore Nolita and Little Italy on a walking tour, which typically cover both neighborhoods. Some tours analyze Nolita and Little Italy’s criminal history and their role as a center for the Italian-American mafia, while other walking tours focus on Nolita’s gastronomic delights and include tastings of typical Italian foods such as mozzarella and pizza; some also explore the gastronomic influences of neighboring immigrant communities in Chinatown and the Lower East Side.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Nolita is a must for food lovers, shoppers, and fans of gangster lore.
- Mulberry Street is Nolita’s main thoroughfare and is where you should begin your explorations.
- There is lots of tempting food on offer here, so plan your visit to coincide with a breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
How to Get There
Nolita is hemmed in by East Houston Street to the North, Broome Street to the south, Bowery to the east, and Lafayette Street to the west. To get here, ride the subway to Spring Street (4 or 6 trains), Broadway-Lafayette St (B, D, F, or M), or Bowery (J).
When to Get There
Nolita is a year-round destination; its hot-ticket restaurants attract diners in all seasons. In summer, many of the cafés and restaurants put out sidewalk seating that’s ideal for watching fashionable crowds milling about.
Where to Eat in Nolita
Nolita’s dining scene is the envy of many a Manhattan neighborhood and attracts hungry New Yorkers from all over town. Sample pizza from the longstanding Lombardi’s, which has been serving wood-fired pies since 1905, or from the by-the-slice Prince Street Pizza, where there’s almost always a line. Parm, meanwhile, dishes out Italian-American sandwiches while Emilio’s Ballato attracts a celebrity clientele with its Italian classics. Italian is far from the only option though; enjoy cuisines that range from casual Middle Eastern falafel at Taïm to Western Chinese dishes at Xi'an Famous Foods and tacos at La Esquina.
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Nolita
From stroopwafel to mozzarella to knishes; there are many amazing eats on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. On this small-group walking tour, discover the neighborhood's diverse cultural heritage and learn how its immigration history has influenced its dynamic foodie scene. Along the way, visit markets, bakeries, and restaurants, and sample delicacies from all around the world.
Get a feel for New York’s international cuisine on a walking tour through three of the city’s most popular foodie destinations: Nolita, Little Italy, and Chinatown. The sheer number of restaurants can be overwhelming, so let your guide handle the decision making and navigation as you visit six local-loved establishments. Leave with inside knowledge about the neighborhoods and a list of recommendations from your guide.
Explore Manhattan's Little Italy and Nolita on a 3-hour Gangster and prohibition themed walking tour. Stop at historic venues and sample craft cocktails as you hear stories about the notorious gangsters who made their fortunes trading bootleg liquor in the 1920s. Imagine the criminal underworld that operated under your feet as you tour churches, restaurants, and bars that of the era still operating today.
Private Sightseeing Tours
Learn the history of the American Mafia during this private walking tour of New York City. An in-the-know guide whisks you around to the cafes, tenements, night clubs, restaurants, and alleyways that tell the story of the most powerful crime empire in the world. Rooted in immigrant struggle and fueled by ambition and greed, this is the true story of the rise, peak, and downward spiral of the American Mafia.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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