Great eating spots in NoLita, New York City

NoLita, or North of Little Italy has had some notable residents in its time – David Bowie, Martin Scorsese, John Mayer and us, Angie and Jeremy!

This very cool neighbourhood in Manhattan is bounded by SoHo, Little India, NoHo and Lower East Side and is the home to many restaurants and bars.

There are so many great places to eat in Manhattan, let alone NoLita, so we have decided to just focus on eating in the charming Elizabeth Street, with its collection of low-rise buildings, a welcoming little community garden, loads of great shops and plenty of restaurants.



267 Elizabeth Street

It was once a car repair shop, but since 2010, it has been home to this authentic Mexican diner. It has a casual, colourful setting with their original 1963 VW Kombi van from Mexico City parked in the centre, still slinging out their famous and delicious tacos. Over our several visits, we worked our way through the whole menu and enjoyed them all.

This is one of their six locations in Manhattan but is the original and still has the charm – and their old VW!


Café Habana

Corner Elizabeth and 17 Prince St

If you love Cuban and Mexican food, it will be difficult for you to go past this place. Established in 1998, it is a casual and inexpensive restaurant with good sized servings. We ticked off most items in the menu and all are great, but highly recommend any of their salads and sandwiches topped with corn on the cob!

They have another NYC location in Brooklyn and also in Malibu, New Orleans and Tokyo!


194 Elizabeth Street

Need something a little more up market? Peasant has an authentic rustic Italian cuisine with a charcoal and wood fired oven. It has a very welcoming and spacious bar at the front with plenty of “on the house” olives and bread sticks! Occasionally we popped in there for a drink and chat with the friendly staff as we were heading elsewhere. Meal quantities are good, and they have been very accommodating when arranging tables for our program participants. They also have a downstairs wine bar that opens at 7pm.

Note that the restaurant is closed on Mondays.


The Butcher’s Daughter

Corner Elizabeth and 19Kenmare Street

On the southern end of Elizabeth Street people gather to eat at this very trendy and popular restaurant. It is vegetarian and mostly vegan and gluten free.  They use fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regularly change their menus which kept us coming back. Even though we are not vegetarians, we found the food tasty, interesting and we felt super heathy as we were leaving!

It’s worth a visit.

They also have restaurants in the West Village, Brooklyn and also in LA.



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