NoLIta (for North of Little Italy) might retain many of the same features as nearby neighborhoods SoHo and Little Italy, but has a distinctly charming vibe all its own. The area’s cozy cafés, stylish boutiques and burgeoning bar scene make it a destination. Visit to browse the wares of independent designers and sit streetside at acclaimed restaurants and lounges. On a warm, bright day, few Manhattan neighborhoods offer better people-watching.
These two neighborhoods offer a rich Italian heritage, as well as excellent shopping, dining and nightlife.
Embrace the culture of New York City's downtown neighborhoods as your guide leads you on the ultimate shopping experience in New York’s chic and abundant Soho and Nolita neighborhoods. Shop the fashionable only-in-New York stores which make this city the world’s retail mecca. On your 2.5 hour shopping tour, you'll learn about fashion trends, get assistance with wardrobe tips and hear entertaining, fun facts. Personal maps and exclusive store discounts are icing on the cake.
Though it’s helmed by alums of high-end dining meccas the Breslin and Ma Peche, Mother’s Ruin is a pretension-free hideaway in a neighborhood not exactly notorious for being “low-key.” A daily rotating menu of artisanal cocktails (and, if you’re very lucky, a machine that dispenses alcoholic slushies) is complemented by a selection of gussied-up bar snacks like burgers, French onion soup with grilled cheese, fried curry chickpeas, and, on weekends, brunch.
Owned by NYC native Ed McFarland, who studied the art of New England cuisine while working as a sous-chef at Pearl Oyster Bar, this traditional lobster shack provides some of the most authentic New England–style seafood dishes in the City, from lobster rolls and scallops to oysters and clam chowder.