It has been a hot minute since I have spent the day wondering through the streets of my favorite city, New York! Living 45 minutes outside in a suburb in New Jersey makes these trips few and far between as I work near the Jersey Shore.
When you head to Little Italy with friends the first thing you should do is walk into a random bar and order a drink or glass of wine. Gelaso & Grand was just there on the corner and the exterior drew me in. I had to see what was behind the door. Two of us ordered white wine while the other ordered the Mulberry Spritz. We sat at the bar on the window and was able to catch up while people watching!
Having dinner plans with some great friends was the perfect way to end my vacation. There are so many wonderful areas and restaurants in the city making the choice extremely hard. We narrowed down the areas to Lower East Side or Little Italy. Immediately I said, Little Italy as I wanted seafood and wine.
Since I was meeting my friend on the East Side near her apartment, I decided to walk from Port Authority. Wandering through Bryant Park, passing through Grand Central Station and hitting happy hour at The Horny Ram. Once we were done we headed to meet her mom in Penn and then down to Little Italy!
|Gelso & Grand|
|Interior of Gelaso & Grand|
While we didn't visit Mulberry Street Bar, it's another one that I would highly recommend. The classic cosmo gives you all the feels of sitting a a bar in NYC.
As for dinner, it was my first time visiting Angelo's of Mulberry St. If you are looking for an authentic Southern Italian meal then you have visited the right spot. Everything from server's in white jackets to an accordion player make the meal hands down a wonderful experience. Fresh seafood, homemade pasta, and famous sauce bring thousands of visitors each year. You should consider making a reservation if you are visiting in the evening or weekend!
No trip to Little Italy would be complete without a visit to Ferrara Bakery. The crazy long lines are totally worth the wait for Lobster Tails, Gelato or Sfogliatella. If you are in a hurry, take them to-go. I would go straight from the bar to the bakery if I had my way. Maybe next time I will do that and skip dinner all together.
Every night out with friends is always great!
What is your favorite type of food?