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Old 01-29-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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Most of my knowledge of Italian restaurants, bakeries and butchers in NY is around Queens and Brooklyn. I wanted to know how much of Arthur Ave. is still Italian...one block, two blocks etc., and if the restaurants and pastry shops are any good. I'm thinking of taking a ride up there but if it's become a trendy upscale stronghold like Mulberry St. I'll pass.

Also, are there any German butchers or bakeries in The Bronx?
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:41 AM
 
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Most of my knowledge of Italian restaurants, bakeries and butchers in NY is around Queens and Brooklyn. I wanted to know how much of Arthur Ave. is still Italian...one block, two blocks etc., and if the restaurants and pastry shops are any good. I'm thinking of taking a ride up there but if it's become a trendy upscale stronghold like Mulberry St. I'll pass.

Also, are there any German butchers or bakeries in The Bronx?
The neighborhood is not Italian anymore, hasn't been for some time, but the businesses are still majority Italian owned so there is still definitely an Italian presence there. The restaurants and goods are quality. Arthur Avenue is a nice strip. It's very nice to go in the fall or spring and walk the whole stretch and just make stops along the way.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:44 AM
 
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Arthur Avenue has good places to eat. There are some Italians that still live there but the majority of the area is like the rest of Fordham. 187th street is a good strip. And its not ever going to be a trendy place like Mulberry Street. If you want German products I'd recommend Mahopac, New York. I don't know of any Germans in the Bronx. But Mahopac has a lot of Germans. Its much furthur up though. I happen to know about it because some of my family relocated around that area. Its about a 35 mile drive from the Bronx.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:39 AM
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Right around Arthur Avenue and 187th St things still look and feel very much the same ( The Real Little Italy of NYC to some) but as the prior posters point out, it is no longer a big Italian enclave.They own and run the shops and restaurants but a lot of them don't live there.It is still definitely worth enjoying.And there are great reastaurants and shops.

There used to be a pretty big German population up around Allerton Avenue but I'm not sure how much of it is left and how many businesses are still there. Next time I'm up there I will make it a point to actually look.Sometimes in NY things are there but you can walk right by them and miss them unless you are actually looking for them.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:51 AM
 
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I believe Schaller and Weber is still in Yorkville, on Second Avenue, between 86th and 85th, if you're looking for a German butcher.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:28 PM
 
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Definitely the Real Little Italy. Fantastic restaurants, and a good strip to just stroll down, and pop into the markets.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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Definitely the Real Little Italy. Fantastic restaurants, and a good strip to just stroll down, and pop into the markets.
That's true. There are still some mom-and-pop Italian businesses. The only changes have been the demographics, with Latinos (especially Puerto Ricans and Dominicans) and Albanians coming into Belmont.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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There are excellent restaurants and stores on 187th street and Arthur Ave. Its definitely worth the trip
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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I think Arthur Avenue is absolutely worth the trip. The pastry shops are overrated, however, and make sure you ask the prices before you say 5 of these and 3 of these and then be surprised at the end. If you love cannolis, tho, (unless you want to make them yourself), it's a place to get them.

One of my favorite stores there (I think it's on 187th Street - you can google it) and it is still very Italian in my opinion is Casa Mozzarella. If you like fresh mozzarella (and other delicacies to take home) this is the place for you. There's a wonderful sausage store there, too - I can't think of the name of it. It's the best fresh mozzarella I have found so far.

Yorkville (or, as it used to be known, Germantown) is sadly not very German anymore. Growing up in the 60's and 70's there were tons of German restaurants (bakeries, butchershops, candy shops, etc.). As a previous poster pointed out, one of the best ones left is Schaller and Weber. You can get alot of good stuff in there besides meat. I was so sad to see Kramer's Bakery and Elk Candy close up . . .
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