Just east of Broadway, the tangle of pedestrian-friendly blocks surrounding Mulberry Street between NoLIta and bustling Canal Street are still a cheerful salute to all things Italian, although Little Itay has been whittled down by the spread of nearby Chinatown. There are red, green, and white street decorations on permanent display and specialty grocers and cannelloni makers dish up delights, though it's all a bit touristy these days and if it's a great Italian meal you want, look elsewhere. Still, Little Italy is fun to walk around, and several of the classic food stores on Grand Street are worth a stop if you're after an edible souvenir. If you’re looking for a bigger and more bustling Little Italy, head up to Arthur Avenue in the Bronxand you'll find several good, affordable restaurants and a cornucopia of authentic Italian goods, all of them marketed to New Yorkers and tourists alike.
Every September, Mulberry Street becomes the giant Feast of San Gennaro, a crowded 11-day festival that sizzles with the smell of sausages and onions (don't miss John Fasullo's braciole, an iconic sandwich filled with filet of pork roasted over a coal pit and topped with peppers and onions).