LITTLE ITALY+ CHINATOWN
Italian. Northern and Southern Italian specialties at this restaurant, which has served members of the New York Yankees, include pesto gnocchi, stuffed grilled lobster and eggplant rigatoni. L& D (daily). $$ 164 Mulberry St., btw Grand & Broome sts., 212.343.1212.
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Chinese. Famous for homemade lotus and red bean paste that accompanies many of its dishes, this local favorite also serves classic steamed and fried dim sum, such as shrimp and snow pea dumplings, fried cruller rice rolls and Shanghai-style soup buns. L & D (daily). $$ 13 Doyer St., btw Bowery & Pell St., 212.962.6047.
Vietnamese. Traditional vermicelli and pho entrées fill the menu, as well as lemongrass-simmered beef and carrot stew, seafood and rice in a clay pot, and spicy and sour shrimp. L& D (daily). $ 157 Mott St., btw Grand & Broome sts., 212.966.3797.