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An 11-Stop Tour of Chinatown and Little Italy for Under $15 a Head

J. Kenji López-Alt 20 comments

A couple weeks back, my wife gave me a challenge: entertain her two friends visiting from Colombia with a food tour of Little Italy and Chinatown that lived up to my own standards of good food, catered to their tourist desires for a bit of history and a unique-to-New York feel, and clocked in at under $20 per person. More

This Little Italy Slice Joint Makes a Satisfying Cheesesteak, Too

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz Post a comment

Grand Appetito, one of the better slice joints in Little Italy, does surprisingly solid sandwiches. This we know. But parms and panini are one thing. Cheesesteaks, which the signage features quite prominently, are another. More

Red Sauce with Prosciutto Necks at Di Palo's

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Homemade red sauce with pasta is nothing new at Di Palo's in Little Italy, but on a recent visit, the team explained that they're increasing the regularity of some of their offerings. Which means you have even more chances to get this prosciutto-filled red sauce, either in packaged sauce form or dressed with pasta in the deli case, ready to eat. More

Taste Test: The Best Italian Combo Sandwich in Little Italy

Max Falkowitz 27 comments

The Serious Eats office is dead in the thick of New York's Italian American culture—at least what used to be. It's no secret to anyone who calls New York home that Little Italy is as Italian as Mario the plumber. But still, with the thousands of tourists that pass through daily, you'd expect some places to do a classic Italian combo hero right. Here's our take on the contenders. More

A Sandwich a Day: Turkey Melt at the Italian Food Center

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 1 comment

The new Italian Food Center is clearly after Little Italy's tourist crowds, but despite the Epcot design, they're turning out some surprisingly good sandwiches. More

A Sandwich a Day: Italo Panino at Grand Appetito

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz Post a comment

The flavors of this ham and mozz sandwich are subtle but well balanced, with plenty of gooey-cheese chew, and for $6.50 it's a more than respectable value. More

A Sandwich a Day: Potato and Egg on Lard Bread at Parisi Bakery

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 3 comments

"Could I get a potato and egg sandwich on lard bread?" I asked. "No!" the more surly of the counter people respond. "You see the size of that loaf? That's two potato and eggs. More

A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Parm at Grand Appetito

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 3 comments

Firmly priced in the everyday—and gutbusting—chicken parm camp, Grand Appetito's foot-long sandwich is a more than decent option for Little Italy. More

Visiting NYC? Where to Eat (and Avoid) in Little Italy and Chinatown

Max Falkowitz 34 comments

If you're visiting Little Italy in Chinatown in New York, get ready to eat well. But you have to know where to eat—and just as importantly, where to avoid. This guide aims to break it all down for you, handy printable map included. More

TGI Fry-Day: Pandan-Wrapped Chicken Wings at Nyonya

TGI Fry-Day Max Falkowitz 1 comment

I was not expecting Nyonya, a decent if not outstanding Malayasian restaurant we visit now and again, to make one of my favorite plates of chicken wings in New York. But they do. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Thanksgiving Special Hero at Parm

A Sandwich a Day Paul Yee 3 comments

Don't wait to head down to Parm for their Thanksgiving hero, as it will only be available until the end of the week. At $14, it's definitely expensive for a sandwich that you won't want to share with anyone, but it's everything Thanksgiving should be. More

A Sandwich a Day: Sheek Kebab Kati Roll at Curry & Tandoor Corner

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 2 comments

If you're you're having an uneasy morning that needs something trashy-delicious, like mayo-covered kebabs wrapped in naan, this Sheek Kebab Kati Roll is a pretty decent $5 thing to eat. More

What to Eat at the 2012 Feast of San Gennaro

Max Falkowitz 10 comments

Last year saw some game-changing food at the Feast of San Gennaro, Little Italy's carnival of greasy sausage, fried Oreos, and a guy dressed like a giant cannoli. Even if this year's innovative food offerings mostly come down to two restaurants we love, you can still stuff yourself on some pretty great food. More

Sandwich Hack: The Little Italy Lard Bread Antipasto Mozzarella Melt

Max Falkowitz 8 comments

We're having something of a lard bread problem at Serious Eats HQ—we just can't stop eating the stuff. So here's another way to put it to good use: a neighborhood sandwich hack that makes my new favorite Italian sandwich in New York. More

What We're Eating: Lard Bread

Max Falkowitz 14 comments

Maison Kayser's sourdough baguettes may have us in French bread paradise of late, but what's the bread you're most likely to see at SE HQ right now? Lard Bread, also called prosciutto bread. It's an Italian bread with cured pork baked right into the dough, and we're in love. More

A Sandwich A Day: Vegetable & Goat Cheese Panino at Rubirosa

A Sandwich a Day Sam Levison Post a comment

We've enjoyed Rubirosa's killer Italian sandwiches several times before, so when we heard that they were adding a couple new friends to the lunch menu, we were eager to try them out. More

Daily Scoop: S'Mores Ice Cream Cake Special at Parm

Max Falkowitz 1 comment

Get this s'more edition of the fabulous Parm ice cream cake for a limited time only. It'll ruin you for s'mores desserts everywhere else. More

A Sandwich A Day: Rubirosa Sandwich at Rubirosa

A Sandwich a Day Sam Levison Post a comment

Chicken sandwiches, often filled with overcooked white meat and weak toppings, tend to be boring or, at worst, nearly inedible. The Rubirosa Sandwich ($12) at our neighborhood favorite Rubirosa is fortunately several notches above the archetypal poultry-between-bread ordeal. More

A Sandwich a Day: Spicy Capicola from Parisi Bakery

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 1 comment

If you've been let down by the muted heat of supposedly "spicy" salumi elsewhere, give the Spicy Capicola ($8) at Parisi Bakery a try. The capicola is liberally rubbed with bright ground chili and piled high—and I mean high—on a fresh Parisi hero roll. The heat will sneak up on you, but it's a great, bright burn; it's the punchy counterpoint to the buttery, almost provolone-like tangy fat of the capicola. More

A 1-Hour NYC Chinatown Tour with Los Angeles Chef Susan Feniger

Erin Zimmer 15 comments

When we heard Los Angeles chef and street food lover Susan Feniger (Border Grill, Street) would be in town and wanted to meet up for lunch, we knew this wouldn't just be a one-stop lunch. Since SEHQ is located in that magical nexus of Chinatown and Little Italy, where it's actually difficult to spend more than three bucks for a hefty meal (or meal-sized snack), it becomes our civic duty to take out-of-towners on a roving lunch crawl. Especially true serious eaters like Susan. More

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