Between sips of cappuccino, Nancy Arnold says she’s been a regular at the pastry shop on the corner of Mulberry and Broome for 47 years. “I come here 200 times a year,” she says. “And she’s spent $25,000 here,” her husband, Henry, chimes in as Nancy nods, affirming his math. “One day we decided to figure it out,” says Nancy. “And it really comes to about $25,000. Henry says I should own the place.”
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1) Ignore “hook restaurants” (any restaurant where there’s a guy standing outside trying to hook you in).
2) Avoid going south of Grand Street, where the quality of food can seem inversely proportional to crowd size. “Tourists tend to gravitate toward the street vendors selling all the kitschy souvenirs in that area,” Orfanos says.
To really make it through a full day on Mulberry Street, you’ll need to violate these rules a bit, but they’re a good guide to navigating a street that’s become famous for underwhelming grub. Here’s a guide to full day of dining and caffeinating options that are worth your time.