"For lunch, which, for the nature of my business, is my favorite time to go around to interesting and off the beaten path restaurants in New York City, a great place with counter service on 11th St. and 2nd Ave. is Momofuku Noodle Bar -- great soup and a major hang out for chefs and people in the restaurant business. Barbuto, in the West Village, is lots of fun. If you like Italian, Lupa in the Village is definitely one of the best. For lobster rolls, try Mary's Fish Camp – fantastic, and Fatty Crab on Hudson St. – funky place, great food. I love these places because aside from great food, they represent the most innovative ideas in restaurants. So, if you have two or three hours during the late morning / early afternoon, you can try a few of the places one after the other, like we New Yorkers do."
Pino Luongo, Restaurateur & Author
Little Italy really is little. The area is a string of Italian groceries, restaurants, and cafes that run the five blocks between Canal and Spring Streets on Mulberry and Mott Streets. Her sidewalks are packed with happily gesticulating and laughing people. Cross the street heading south and hello Chinatown; step west and you are in Soho. Visit Little Italy to eat. Visit DiPalo’s at Mott and Grand to take a little Italian fare home with you. The Festival of San Gennaro is held in Little Italy at the end of September. If you’re in town, visit then.