Restaurant Review – Paesano of Mulberry Street

I rarely dine in Little Italy… not because of the food, but because of the tourist element.

Last month my dear friend Michael , a music video director, had a birthday. So we decided to hit up one of Little Italy’s most charming restaurants. Paesano of Mulberry Street. There in the heart of NYC’s Little Italy {136 Mulberry Street. Between Hester & Grand} is a true old school spot.

I was in the mood for steamed clams but the server told us that they weren’t on the menu that day. But he did not hesitate for one second as he said, “for you, anything bella” … a few minutes later… this is what showed up at my table. Clams cooked in a white wine sauce with a ton of garlic { just like I like} and pasta. YUM!

Besides the food being amazing, the waiters walk around calling you ‘bella’ and it’s so sweet that even my feminist ways take a hiatus for the time.

An old man strolling about the restaurant playing classic italian and french  tunes on the the accordion comes around from time to time … never disruptive. We asked him to play happy birthday for Michael and his rendition had just the perfect hint of nostalgia with a bit of italian thrown in for good measure.

There are so many restaurants to choose from in NYC’s Little Italy, it’s really tough to narrow one down. Take my word for it… Paesano will not disappoint and the charm of the place will really transport you.  So, the next time you want a little bit of the old country on your visit to NYC… swing by Paesano of Mulberry Street.

*I was not paid for this review. Just really enjoyed our evening and wanted to share this gem*