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New York: Ferrara Bakery

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
  1. 07-May-2007 1:12 pm

    Those pastries look lethal.  Beautiful.

  2. Culinary permalink
    09-May-2007 5:36 pm

    Thanks, BH.  the thing about them is that most of them are so good that you are satisfied after just a small amount.  So maybe not too bad after all.  ;-)

  3. Michelle permalink
    08-Feb-2008 12:38 pm

    Those pastries at the top remind me of the Bake Shop days in culinary class.

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