There are certain places that I try to always visit when in New York. One of them is Ferrara Bakery and Café in Little Italy. I visit for a number of reasons; I love the cookies, cannoli and other mini desserts that line their cases; I love that this place has been around since the late 1800s; and I feel a special connection since my Grandmother was a Ferrara, although I have no idea if there is any recent family connection.
I also feel compelled to support these businesses in Little Italy that are in danger of being absorbed into Chinatown. I like Chinatown, too, but as the number of Asian immigrants continues to swell the New York population, other cultures and havens of old-world ethnicity are are being overrun. As it is, when walking through Little Italy, you often come across shops where all the signage is in Asian characters. So I do what I can to keep these other bits of the worldwide palette in business. After all it’s one of the main reasons I love New York. We may think of the US as the melting pot but it’s in places like New York where you really get the feel of that. And I love it!
Ferrara Bakery and Café
195 Grand Street between Mott & Mulberry Streets
Little Italy, New York City