Although I know that Columbus Day weekend is one of the bigger tourist weekends in the city- I am so tempted to go in this weekend. The weather is perfect for walking and even though there is a lot of tourists in there, many city folk still leave on the weekends to their country homes, beach houses, etc. ( Not sure who can still afford to do that now...)
We have a favorite restaurant in Little Italy, Da Nico
There is a courtyard out back that we love. The food is fresh, the service is good, most of the time.
It could be argued that Little Italy is a tourist trap and that you can find much better Italian restaurants off the beaten path, but we like walking thru this unique neighborhood after dinner. The parking is cheap, the area is safe and it isn't far from my oldest son's apartment, so it works for us. If you are from out of town it is a true NY experience. Best to go on the weekend as they close off the street and you get the whole ambiance- twinkling white lights, Italian music, all kinds of people parading up and down the street. ( Great people watching as you sip your cappuccino.)
Speaking of cappuccino, if you really want the tourist experience stop by Ferrara's.
According to their website, Ferraras has been in business since 1862 and is considered a Little Italy institution. We like to go there for coffee and cannolis.
So, should you end up in NYC on a crisp, autumn evening, head down to Mulberry Street!
164 Mulberry St.
NY, NY 10013
195 Grand St. (between Mulberry & Mott)
Ny, NY 10013