NoLiTa/Little Italy Gourmet Take-Out
Address: 188 Grand Street
A Little Italy classic, this store has been around since 1862. It's still a local favorite for fresh and smoked mozzarella and ricotta. They also sell meats, sauces and a small number of other prepared foods. If you haven't visited for a while, you might want to give it another shot, since they recently doubled their floor space, making it somewhat less crowded.
Address: 304 Mulberry Street
Bijoux is best known for creating spectacular wedding cakes. They also bake up a wide variety of desserts fit for any event or party. From brownies and cookies to mouth-watering petite fours, if you're looking for outstanding sweets, look no further.
Address: 20 Spring Street
Sandwiches artfully redefined. This tiny place serves them up on bread from Balthazar, filled with delicacies like olive tapenade and taleggio (an artisinal Italian cheese). But if your idea of a sandwich is turkey on white, it's still here, but it's better.
Address: 200 Grand Street
This small, family-run store in Little Italy is renowned for their Italian cheeses, sausages and pastas. It's often somewhat crowded, but the staff is always patient and helpful.
Address: 17 Cleveland Place
A little slice of heaven for true cheesecake aficionados, these incredibly tasty cakes come in a mind-blowing assortment of flavors and varieties, including cookies & cream, strawberry, banana and pumpkin. They also come in several different sizes. If you have a loved one across the states in dire need of a cheesy cake, fear not, they offer domestic shipping.
Address: 190 Grand Street
Since the 1920s, Piemonte Ravioli has been making super-fresh pasta in classic and unusual varieties. Their fresh-made ravioli comes filled with a daunting number of interesting fillings. This is a great store if pasta is your thing.