Eat & Drink in New York: Arthur Avenue – The Real Little Italy
4/B/D to Fordham Rd. Transfer to Bx12 bus eastbound to Arthur Av and walk south.
Ask a New Yorker of Italian descent for the taste closest to the homeland, and the answer won’t be in Little Italy. While tourists flock to Mulberry Street, locals shop along Arthur Avenue and East 187 Street in the Bronx.
Immigrants from Sicily, Calabria and Campania moved here from the Lower East Side seeking better jobs and housing. Community restaurants and food stores attract people throughout the metro area.
Arthur Avenue is convenient for lunch when visiting the Bronx Zoo or Botanical Gardens. For a quick bite, try the Retail Market (2344 Arthur Av). This indoor municipal bazaar was built in 1940 to house former pushcart peddlers banned from the streets by Mayor La Guardia, an Italian immigrant himself. Pass the hand-rolled cigar workshop at the entrance and find Mike’s Deli in the back for great sandwiches and specialties from Calabria.
For family-style food, try Dominick’s (2335 Arthur Av) or Mario’s (2342 Arthur Av) for Neapolitan cuisine.
For specialty food and dessert, these shops are institutions:
• Casa di Mozzarella (604 E 187 St): fresh mozzarella and ricotta cheeses.
• Borgatti’s Ravioli and Egg Noodles (632 E 187 St): fresh ravioli, dried fettuccini, frozen manicotti. Sauces and packaged pasta.
• Artuso’s Pastry Shop (670 E 187 St): cannoli, struffoli, sfogliatelle and other desserts.
• Madonia Brothers Bakery (2348 Arthur Av): flavored breads and biscotti since 1918.
• Teitel Brothers (2372 Arthur Av): special extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegars, cheeses, coffee, cured meats, nuts and dried fruit since 1915.
Eat & Drink in New York: Barney Greengrass – The Sturgeon King
1 to 86 St
A delicious Old World eating experience, Barney Greengrass has been Zagat’s #1 ranked deli a solid 12 years in a row.
The tradition began in Jewish Harlem in 1908 and moved here 20 years later to follow the migration of upper class Jews to the Upper West Side. Traditional kinds of fish and meat are stocked in plentiful portions: Nova Scotia salmon, baked salmon, whitefish, pickled herring, smoked rainbow trout, Russian caviar, corned beef, pastrami, chopped liver (arguably the city’s best), bagels, triple decker sandwiches, borscht and matzo ball soup.