Nolita, Little Italy
Concierge.com's insider take:
When the rents in SoHo zoomed, many smaller, idiosyncratic designers and shops moved to the area "North of Little Italy": Mulberry, Mott, and Elizabeth streets between Houston and Broome. What was once predominantly a working-class Italian neighborhood is now full of creative restaurants and cutting-edge boutiques displaying contemporary furnishings, fashion, and jewelry. Basically, it makes for a great wander, where you're likely to happen onto items that you never thought you needed or imagined you might be hungry for. The Mexican-style grilled corn drenched in butter and cheese from Café Habana is a great on-the-go snack (17 Prince St.; 212-625-2002; www.cafehabana.com). One nonshopping landmark: the original St. Patrick's Cathedral, now known as Old St. Patrick's. Located at Prince and Mulberry streets, it was the inspiration for the cathedral in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York.