With its Italian heritage showcased by cultural institutions, and a culinary scene that's paradise for anyone who loves Italian food, Little Italy in lower Manhattan is one of New York's most appealing locales. Hotels near Little Italy put you in the storied stomping grounds of one of the nation's most influential immigrant groups, and amid filming locations for "The Godfather" movies. See how the diverse neighborhood of today embraces its heritage with nostalgic pride.
Out and About in Little Italy
Little Italy was settled by Italian immigrants in the 1880s, and its buildings—together with those of neighboring Chinatown—comprise a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among the oldest buildings is St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, built in 1868. Discover the neighborhood's heritage at the Italian American Museum on Mulberry Street. The museum showcases the immigrant experience through changing exhibits, which include historic artifacts, photographs, and the works of Italian-American artists. Stroll to neighboring Chinatown, one of the oldest Chinese communities outside of Asia, and learn about the parallel immigrant experience at the Museum of Chinese in America. The vibrant communities of Tribeca, SoHo, and the Lower East Side are all within walking distance of Little Italy hotels, but if you want to venture further afield, consider convenient car rentals in Little Italy.
Eating and Drinking
Little Italy's culinary scene is one of the most prominent vestiges of its Italian heritage. The greatest concentration of authentic Italian cafes, restaurants, and bakeries is around Mulberry Street. Various cuisines from Italy are represented, as are menus to suit a wide range of budgets. Little Italy also boasts a reincarnation of the first pizzeria in New York. There are also a handful of popular Mexican restaurants and some European-style coffee shops.
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