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Little Italy
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With Classic Italian Seaside Dishes and a Timeless American Aesthetic, Capri Mixes the Best of Both Worlds

  • Coffee
  • Dessert
  • Food

Tonight, date night is going all-in on traditional Italian fare, and it starts with Capri. This cozy and unpretentious restaurant is a rustic throwback to its mid-century Italian-American roots (down to the hand-drawn murals, old-school wood paneling, and vintage Coke machine). That said, don’t let the classic decor fool you; the Isle of Capri-inspired menu that leans specifically towards seafood and pastas (see: their crowning dish, the Polpo Alla Plancha) and timeless American aesthetic lives up to Little Italy’s reputation of incorporating the best of both worlds.

After dinner, grab a few fine Italian desserts from Caffè Palermo, a Little Italy staple since 1973. Famous for their cannolis (classic is the best, but we’re partial to hazelnut and pistachio), this café runs the gamut on traditional Italian dessert, caffeinated beverages, and—of course—wine. So, whether you want to wash down a homemade profiterole with a cappuccino or cool down with one of their gelato pops and a shot of limoncello, the “Cannoli King” has you covered.

Capri

145 Mulberry Street, Manhattan

Caffè Palermo

148 Mulberry Street, Manhattan

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