Nolita, NYC

Another chapter in the Local Spotlight NYC series, today I will be highlight the maybe lesser-known borough of Nolita in Manhattan. (If you missed it, my first post was on my current neighborhood Tribeca).

Overview 

The name Nolita derives from “North of Little Italy” and is bordered by Houston Street on the north and Broome Street on the south, Bowery on the east and Lafayette on the west. While originally a part of Little Italy, this area saw a massive influx of money and revitalization in the 1990s and formed its own sub-neighborhood of Nolita. Today it is known as one of the trendier neighborhoods with amazing boutique shops and some of the best up-and-coming restaurants.

Mott St

Experiences 

A seemingly small area, Nolita packs a punch with its mix of culture and shops.

St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

A New York City landmark, St. Patrick’s was completed in 1815 by designer Joseph-Francois Mangin and is designated as “Old” to distinguish from its more infamous St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown. The Gothic Revival style church is depicted in The Godfather and Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets.

St Pats Old Cathedral

Nolita Outdoor Market

Located on Prince Street between Mulberry and Mott, several artisan vendors have set up shop as a part of the Nolita Outdoor Market. From jewelry to clothing to photography, this market has some great unique and custom finds. The market is open from March through December on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Nolita Outdoor Market

Street Art

Nolita has some of the most Instagrammable street art – check out the corner of Mott and Kenmare for some infamous walls.

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Shop

Bookstore: McNally Jackson

Seemingly the only thriving bookstore left, McNally Jackson somehow always has the books you want in stock with a cozy café in the corner to start the read.

Home: Diptyque

Even though they are pretty expensive for candles, it is a struggle to walk by the Diptyque store without stopping in to smell their latest lines. Also makes for a great gift!

Women’s Fashion: Prince St

Some of the best contemporary labels can be found next to each other on Prince, from Vince to Maje, Sandro and Ramy Brook.

Lingerie: Natori

My favorite lingerie brand Natori has a uniquely intimate store in Nolita where I happened to meet the designer, Josie Natori, in person!

Consignment: INA

Featuring both men’s and women’s, INA is one of the best designer consignment shops in the city to score a great deal.

Eats & Drinks

Nolita is home to some tried and true staples, as well as some of the hottest new places.

Mexican: La Esquina

Derek Sanders’s Mexican kingdom is made up of three different spots: the taco truck to order a quick bite, the walk-in only café or the downstairs brasserie. The brasserie is a New York experience having to walk through the taco truck to the innocuous looking hostess, and I often take out of town guests here. From the most amazing drinks to queso fundido and tacos, La Esquina is arguably one of my favorite restaurants in the whole city – but be sure to book well in advance.

La Esquina
Courtesy La Esquina

Pizza: Rubirosa

New York style pizza doesn’t get better than Rubirosa – check out the tie-dye and the supreme. For the quick slice on the go (although there’s always a line out the door), try Prince St Pizza.

Italian: Pasquale Jones

Newer to the scene, Pasquale Jones serves classic Italian from a wood-fire stove.

Dessert: Rice to Riches

On the topic of dessert, rice pudding doesn’t often come up much. However, Rice to Riches can certainly change that with ice-cream style ordering complete with delicious flavors and topping. The hilarious and quirky signage in the store is worth a visit alone.

Rice to Riches

Dessert: Little Cupcake Bakeshop

Because you can never have too much dessert, Little Cupcake Bakeshop has the most amazing sweet treats. A personal favorite is the Coconut Pecan Dream Bar.

Drinks: Mother’s Ruin

Known for its alcohol slushies, Mother’s Ruin has something for everyone. It can get a bit rowdy on weekend nights and I typically like it best for a quick stop for a late afternoon drink.

Drinks: Sweet & Vicious

The best on a warm day, Sweet & Vicious has a great outdoor space to enjoy delicious cocktails.

Sleeping

Such a small area, Nolita only has two hotels!

Nolitan: A 57-room boutique 4-star hotel
Bowery House: Almost like a hostel, this is a cheap way to stay in a quirky designed room

Have you ever been to Nolita? What was your favorite part? Did I miss anything?

I’d love to hear from you!

As an update, there will be no post next Monday, July 3 for the holiday. Be sure to follow me on my social channels @jetsetstephblog as I take off for France tomorrow for #LeGrandSummer with Grey Goose and Soho House!

xx Jet Set Steph