Long regarded as part of Little Italy, NoLIta, or North of Little Italy, broke off from its former neighborhood when during the 1990s young professionals moved into the area. Along with the new inhabitants came upscale boutiques and chic restaurants and bars.
While it might have lost its Italian charm, it still has plenty to see and do. Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, later replaced by St. Patrick’s Cathedral near Times Square, is located in the neighborhood. Puck Building, built in 1885 and an excellent example of Romanesque Revival architecture, has two gilded statues of the Shakespeare character Puck adorning the façade.
Trendy dining is very much alive in NoLIta. Bond St (212-777-2500), 6 Bond St., serves traditional Japanese sushi in a hip environment. While at Joe’s Pub (212-539-8778), 425 Lafayette St., patrons can enjoy classic Italian cuisine along with live performances.
If you are think about staying in the area, The Solita SoHo provides modern décor with lush accommodations, while the Off SoHo Suites Hotel provides apartment-style lodging near the neighborhood.