Nolita is quickly becoming one of my favorite neighborhoods in New York. It’s small, but it has the best of what Little Italy, SoHo and the East Village have to offer—plus it’s become a hot spot for new restaurants and bars which usually means that several of the places on my To-Do List are somewhere nearby.
A few weeks ago, I headed to Nolita on a Saturday to scope out a few of the area’s notable attractions with a few friends. It was the perfect weekend itinerary that included both pizza and ice cream (because duh) and hitting up one of the city’s popular and very Instagram-worthy museum exhibits.
The first stop on the tour was the Pixel Forest exhibit at the New Museum. This had taken Instagram by storm and I had been wanting to see it for weeks—lucky for us, we caught it on the last weekend it was open! I wasn’t super impressed by the majority of the museum; it is very small and has limited art, but if there is a specific exhibit you want to see, definitely go check it out. The entrance fee isn’t crazy, and they’ve got a pretty good student discount.
And while the museum overall was a bit of a letdown, the Pixel Forest itself definitely lived up to expectations. The hanging lights changed color in waves, moving both up and down and sideways throughout the entire room, and it was honestly completely mesmerizing. We even sat in the corner for a while just taking it all in (and snapping about 1,000 pics).
After a few hours at the museum, we were all starving and conveniently only a few blocks away from the famous Lombardi’s pizza. I hate to admit, but I haven’t done well in checking out all of NYC’s famous pizza spots (maybe another series on the blog??). According to their website, Lombardi’s is the first ever pizzeria in the United States, and though it was a little pricey, it really lived up to the hype.
The thin crust pizza is perfectly crispy, and the fresh ingredients like the mozzarella cheese, basil and sauce are all hearty and delicious without being too heavy. A few pieces was more than enough, and a large was the perfect size for our group of three.
Then, since any good adventure needs to include ice cream, we headed to Morgenstern’s to try their famed weird-but-awesome flavors. I was deciding between about 12 different options, but finally went with the burnt honey and the matcha pistachio. One of the best parts about this spot is that any toppings that go on the ice cream—in my case, pistachios—get put into the middle of the scoop. As you eat through, you get more and more of the topping and it was pretty much the best thing ever.
So if you’re looking for a perfect weekend itinerary in Nolita, look no further. I’ve already tested it out and am on the other side saying you’ve def got to give it a go.
TL;DR for those of you who are feeling lazy:
1. New Museum
2. Lombardi’s Pizzeria
3. Morgenstern’s Ice Crem