Straight from the outer boroughs
by Tracy Kaler
|Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is the "Real Little Italy"|
You probably had no idea that such sections even existed, but these quiet yet vibrant communities have no shortage of what makes New York a great city to live and visit --- character, good food and interesting people.
Known primarily as an Irish Catholic working-class neighborhood, Little Ireland is located in Woodlawn Heights near the Woodlawn Conservancy in the Northwest part of the Bronx, which is one of the most historical places in all of NYC. Woodlawn Heights is a bustling Irish community with an array of Irish specialty stores at the intersection of Woodlawn and McLean Avenue (which technically runs into Yonkers).
Don’t miss shops like The Butcher’s Fancy --- selling Irish Bacon, Ham and Corned Beef, among other meats, or the Prime Cut Irish Butcher Store on Katonah Avenue. If you’re in the mood for a nosh and beverage, Pubs like the Rambling House proudly serving pints of Guinness, Fish & Chips, and Shepherd’s Pie, would be perfect spots to try.
|Nothing like a pint of Guinness--photo by The Rambling House|
|Katonah Avenue in Little Ireland|
The Belmont neighborhood is also known as the “Real Little Italy” of the Bronx, a section of the borough that attracts locals and visitors because of its collection of Italian grocers and restaurants. Many shops are owned and operated by the same families for three or four generations, selling everything from made-to-order pastas and breads, to fresh mozzarella and Italian pastries. There’s no shortage of choices or calories in the Bronx’s Little Italy -- one could say that it’s a foodie’s dream.
|Borgatti's should always be a stop when visiting Little Italy|
The businesses on Arthur Avenue attract a steady crowd of outside visitors too, and aside from natives and tourists, a constant flow of Fordham University students shop and live nearby.
|A sampling of Cerini's Coffee|
Some of our favorite spots include:
- Borgatti's Ravioli and Egg Noodles
- Randazzo's Seafood
- La Cantina Wine & Liquor
- La Casa Grande Cigars
- Madonia Brothers (Fresh oven-baked bread and pastry )
- Cerini's Coffee & Gifts (Imported Italian Goods and Fresh Coffee Beans)
- Artuso's Pastry Shop (Fine Italian pastry)
- MichaelAngelo's Restaurant (Known for their Italian coal-fired brick oven pizza)
- Antonio's Trattoria (Best Italian dishes!)
|Randazzo's Seafood in Little Italy|
This post was sponsored by MCNY Tours.