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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.