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Published August 26th 2012
A landmark cafe that's been serving treats since 1892
Many storefronts in New York's historic Little Italy have been around for over a century, including a local favorite, Ferrara Bakery & Café. Currently owned and operated by fourth generation family members, the pasticceria (Italian for pastry shop) has been serving its patrons with delectable sweets since 1892.

How about some cannolis, treats from Sicily?

Walk inside and you'll find yourself eagerly eyeing the glass displays where hundreds of pastries, cookies, cannolis, mousse, cream puffs, tarts, cakes and more treats sit on trays and racks, ready to be taken home.

Ferrara is also known for its cakes.

If you'd like to stay for a bit, pick a table and a server will come to give you a menu and take your order. As with most dining venues, Ferrara's pricing is understandably a little higher for their table service.

Choose if you'd like to dine in or buy treats to go.

There's ample seating in the spacious dining area.

When you're ready to go back outside to continue walking about Little Italy, don't forget to stop by those displays to check out some goodies. Are you in the mood for cookies? Why not purchase a pound or two of one of their best-selling items, the tri-color rainbow cookies?

Buy a pound of cookies for your favorite people.

Perhaps you should get that powdered sugar-covered lobster tail, the cream puff, or maybe one of those éclairs.

More baked pastries for your choosing.

Above the counter are other baked goods including various types of light and flaky croissants. There are the plain croissants, plus those drizzled with chocolate icing, and the almond-topped flavor with a cream center.

An array of croissants.

Sample their Pasticciotto cream pastry, a type of sweet cream-filled dessert, which originated from the town of Salento in South Italy.

A sweet option, indeed.

Then there's the Dacquoise, a cake with layers of hazelnut and almond meringue, plus whipped or butter cream.

An assortment of delicious items.

Of course, they also sell gelato, a rich and creamy frozen Italian treat similar to ice cream.

Your gelato is served in a cone or cup.

Right by the cashier are more sweets, such as lollipops and Torrone or Italian nougat that's made with honey, almonds or walnuts, vanilla and whipped egg whites.

Pick some treats for the trip home.

With all the decadent goodies surrounding you, why not pick a few and surprise your NYC host or hostess?

Boxed chocolates and gift baskets are perfect giveaways.

Or share the treats with your traveling companions for later, when the craving for more sweets strike again. Whatever your case may be, you'll be able to tell the folks back home that you dined at a venue that continues to withstand the test of time. At this day and age, that's priceless.
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Why? Visit an all-time favorite Italian pastry shop.
When: Sunday to Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight & Saturday, 8 am. to 1 a.m. Closed Christmas Day.
Where: 195 Grand Street (between Mott & Mulberry streets)
Cost: Prices for food items vary. If dining in, prices are higher.
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