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Ferrara Bakery and Café
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, European, Italian
Price Range: $
Ferrara Bakery and Café opened its doors in 1892, the same year Ellis Island started welcoming new immigrants. Since then, nearly everything in New York has changed, except Ferrara's focus. From... Read More
Ferrara Bakery and Café opened its doors in 1892, the same year Ellis Island started welcoming new immigrants. Since then, nearly everything in New York has changed, except Ferrara's focus. From cannolis to cream puffs, gelato to Pignoli cookies, this mainstay continues to churn out the classics of yesteryear. And while it's true that Ferrara has hit high-alert tourist status, it's still a must if you're looking to experience one of the original remaining storefronts of Little Italy. Perhaps unfairly, the first espresso bar in America doesn't take the cake for the best espresso in the area, so skip the coffee and set your sights on sweets instead. If possible, you should also try to visit during a weekday afternoon, as weekend evenings can get impossibly crowded.
- Little Italy's Best Restaurants: "Skip the coffee and go straight for a pastry - just like Nonna used to make. You can't go wrong with anything, but the cannolis are out of this world."
- Best for Little Italy's Best Restaurants Because: Opened in 1892, Ferrara is America's first espresso bar and still operates in its original storefront on Grand Street.