As we continue our restaurant series, it's important not to forget all the great food joints around the Nolita area. From authentic Italian food to places a little more exotic, this neighborhood has something for everyone.
Café Gitane is cute quirky and unpretentious right in the middle of Nolita, perfect for catching up with friends. Mid shop, perhaps. The French-Moroccan Cuisine is comforting and different, our favorite dishes including avocado toast, spicy tomato baked eggs and Moroccan couscous.
242 Mott St. (between Houston St & Prince St)
Bianca is another favorite. Homey Italian handwritten menus with daily specials are always delicious, fresh fish and juicy salads and large bowls of pasta. With the chintzy 50’s décor, wooden chair and mismatched china of all different shapes, sizes and patterns it’s undeniably quite romantic. Extremely affordable and a refreshing change from the endless numbers of overpriced trattorias in NY.
5 Bleecker St. (between Bowery & Elizabeth St)
Rubirosa Pizza is a turn-of-the-century pizza joint that follows strict family recipes (51 years old!!) to create consistently good pies that are very hard not to enjoy. If you aren’t in the mood for some pizza, their pasta and antipasti selections are also top-notch. Set in a rustic atmosphere in the heart of NoLita, this is a prime example of a true pizzeria – all about the food and good times.
235 Mulberry St. (between Spring St & Prince St)
Miss Lily’s is an unassuming urban hang out on Houston St, a little taste of the Caribbean north of Soho. Hotspot for beautiful hipsters you’re always able to spot a model or two jigging to the reggae at the bar. Must order the Jerk Chicken, cooked and seasoned to perfection.
132 W Houston St. (between Sullivan St & Mac Dougal St)