You've probably heard about how gritty Soho was back in the '70s and '80s, when artists flocked to the downtown 'hood in search of affordable living and studio space. It's tough to imagine that today, what with the large flagship stores, the high-priced lofts, and the uneven cobblestone streets filled with enthusiastic shoppers and slow-moving tourists. But, you know what else has changed? The culinary landscape.
Today, Soho is home to some of the most beloved eateries in the city, as well as a ton of newer spots that offer a fix for whatever you're craving. We're talking farm-to-table freshness, some of the most delicious Mexican eats on the East Coast, and pasta — lots and lots of pasta. Check out our picks for the hottest
restaurants in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Chalk Point Kitchen SoHo is about the last place you'd expect to find a barn, but Chalk Point Kitchen transports you to one, at least, in part, to make the farm-to-table experience feel more real. Exposed wood and mismatched tableware aside, the food is delicious, and meant to evoke a New York that existed when not only much of the outer boroughs but also the city above Houston was farmland. The result is still something decidedly modern, with flavors and influences that would have befuddled original Dutch settlers, even if the idea of oysters and turkey may not have. Another modern innovation we love? Chalk Point offers a "brunch for lunch" section of the menu, perfect for anyone who might want to skip the weekend wait for avocado toast.
Chalk Point Kitchen, 527 Broome Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Street); Photo: Courtesy of Chalk Point Kitchen. More
Sadelle’s You can get bagels for next-to-nothing at some of the best bagel spots in the city — but you can also go to Sadelle's, where our favorite breakfast food is elevated to an art. You won't get out of the door paying $1.25 for a plain bagel and schmear, but then again, where else will you get heaping platters of lox with unlimited bagels served to you on their own spears? Sometimes, a little bit too fancy is just perfect.
Sadelle’s, 463 West Broadway (between West Houston and Prince streets); 212-254-3000. Photo Courtesy of: Sadelle's More
Felix Sometimes, you want innovative, fusion-y French food, and sometimes you just what Steak Frites. Felix has that, and damned good ones too. It's also got French onion soup perfectly slathered in cheese, and escargot that will make you want to lick up every last garlicky morsel. Brunch, practically an amateur athletic competition in SoHo, is particularly popular here. Felix, 340 West Broadway (at Grand Street); 212-431-0021. More
NoMo SoHo Tucked away on Crosby Street in SoHo lies NoMo; a chic and sleek high-rise hotel that boasts one killer spot to nosh and be seen. Make your way through the now Insta-famous ivy latticed walkway and into the greenhouse glass-enclosed at its base — where a DJ bumps tunes and the walls are adorned with graffitied hearts. We recommend stopping by for brunch when the sun is out and gilded pineapples filled with rum and tea infused vodka flow and sparkle. Not to mention the lemon ricotta pancakes with berries and candied pistachios are sweet, velvety perfection.
NoMo SoHo, 9 Crosby Street (at Howard Street); 646-218-6400. Photo: Via @joyjoy2theworld. More
Dominique Ansel These days, you don't have to get in line at 6 a.m. to score a cronut of your very own. On a weekday, you can typically stroll up right at opening (or even a little later) to nab your very own piece of viral food history. But if you aren't up for early morning pastry runs, there's still lots to offer here for the rest of the day. The other treats — especially the the DKA, Ansel's take on the classic French k ouign amann — are maybe just as good, and don't require setting an alarm. You can even make a full meal of it with one of the fresh sandwiches and salads on offer. Dominique Ansel, 189 Spring Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Street); 212-219-2773. More Story Continues
Boqueria Just about any restaurant or cuisine can be served "small plates" or "to share." So if it's been a while since you've had some of the original small plates — tapas. (Think pan con tomate, patatas bravas, and lots of meat, grilled simply and perfectly.) If that's the case, do yourself a favor and head to Boqueria, where you (and a couple friends) can eat yourself silly on the Spanish classics. There's no wrong time dine, but we especially love the boozy brunch deal for lazy Sundays. Boqueria, 171 Spring St (between Thompson and W. Broadway); 212-343-4255. More
Le Coucou Since opening in 2016, Le Coucou has drawn comparisons to New York's French restaurants of yore: legendary spots like La Caravelle and Le Pavilion that introduced a generation of Americans to dishes like foie gras and terrines. But the restaurant, tucked away in 11 Howard hotel, is proving far from outdated: it's quickly become one of the hardest tables to get in the city. If you're lucky enough to snag a reservation, prepare for a meal that's as much theater as it is fine dining — but what fine dining it is. Le Coucou, 138 Lafayette Street (at Howard Street); 212- 271-4252. More
Antique Garage Mediterranean food in an old garage-turned-antique-store (yep, everything is for sale), with live jazz. It doesn't quite add up, yet somehow is right at home in SoHo. After all, who would have thought an old industrial neighborhood would turn into a global destination for designer shopping? In good weather, you can get a full view of the street — but you'll have plenty to feast your eyes on, from delicious mezze platters to antique busts, inside.
Antique Garage, 41 Mercer Street (between Grand and Broome Street); 212-219-1019. Photo: via @antiquegaragesoho. More
Vin Et Fleurs Really looking to impress someone? Have a custom arrangement of flowers ready at the table when you sit down. At Vin Et Fleurs, you can. Here, flowers are just as front-and-center as the food. Always full of fresh, ever-changing flowers, it's a bit like eating in a greenhouse, or the kind of house we wish we had where bouquets adorned every surface. As the name suggests, the food here is French-American, with plenty of wine to pair with it.
Vin Et Fleurs, 69 Thompson St (between Broome and Spring Street); 212-431-3335. Photo: Courtesy of Vin Et Fleurs. More
Sanctuary T At Sanctuary T, there's a reason to drink tea all day, from breakfast through till cocktail hour. A perfect spot for a shopping break any time of the day, you can enjoy all-day breakfast or an afternoon snack alongside your cuppa, or wait till after 5 p.m. and grab a tea-infused cocktail instead. With teas from around the world, your brief respite from the hustle and bustle of SoHo's streets can turn into a mini vacation.
Sanctuary T, 337 W Broadway B (at Grand St); 212-941-7832. Photo: Courtesy of Sanctuary T. More
Mamo Can't make it to Cannes this year? Then consider paying a visit to Mamo in SoHo. An American outpost of the beloved Cannes restaurant, the same Provençal classics are on offer here. The burger, complete with a healthy dollop of foie gras, is a customer favorite, as is the extravagant truffle pizza. And don't picture the truffle oil-drizzled pies of the past — this one is completely covered in thinly-sliced, fresh truffles. The price, tellingly, is simply "market" — a far cry from dollar slices you might be able to find in the neighborhood. But, then again, it's a lot cheaper than airfare to France.
Mamo, 323 W Broadway (Between Canal and Grand Streets); 646-964-4641. Photo: Courtesy of Mamo. More
Balthazar Hungry shoppers looking for a rest (and maybe a glass of wine or two) ensure that Balthazar is nearly always packed. The giant space is filled with people sharing bistro classics like steak tartare and moules frites. If you're looking for a quiet spot with lots of elbow room, you may need to look on (possibly beyond the confines of SoHo), but if you are willing to be a part of the cacophonous fun, grab a seat outside and join the line.
Balthazar, 80 Spring Street (at Crosby Street); 212-965-1414. Photo: Via @balthazarny . More
Paowalla A restaurant devoted to bread in all it's amazing forms? Yes, please. At Paowalla, chef Floyd Cardoz pays tribute to the may delectable breads of the Indian subcontinent. Named for the paowallas that bring fresh bread, there are almost ten on offer. Yes, you'll find garlic naan, but also bread served with bacon butter and cheddar cheese-stuffed rolls. They're perfect with a chutney (you have seven to choose from), or to scoop up one of Paowalla's excellent main dishes, all designed for sharing.
Paowalla, 195 Spring Street (at Sullivan Street); 212-235-1098. Photo: courtesy of Paowalla. More
De Maria The product of a collaboration between two boss ladies, chef Camille Becerra and creative director Grace Lee, the newly-opened De Maria is destined to become one of SoHo's go-to spots for gorgeous, insta-worthy breakfasts and coffee breaks. Focusing on locally-sourced comfort food with a twist (like sprouted grain porridge and tahini yogurt), schedule some time to chat, sip, and linger ASAP — because pretty soon, the lines are going to be out the door.
De Maria, 19 Kenmare St (between Elizabeth and Bowery); 212-966-3058. Photo: via @demarianyc/ @nikkibrand. More
Emmett's There's a heated rivalry between New York and Chicago-style pizza, but can't we all get along? After all, we love a good 99 cent slice as much as the next person, but sometimes you just want a pizza so overflowing with toppings and cheese that a fork and knife is necessary. You can get that (and more) at Emmett's, a paean to all that's tasty in Chicagoland. In addition to deep-dish pizzas that guarantees leftovers for days, you can order Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and beer from the Land of Lincoln.
Emmett's, 50 Macdougal Street (between Prince and W. Houston Streets); 917-639-3571. Photo: Courtesy of Emmett's. More
Seamore's Take a trip to the Cali coast, or just take a trip to Seamore's in Soho —this beachy spot is flooded with air, light, and chill vibes. A seafood focused Mexican menu, the plates here are always fresh and funky. Try Chrissy Teigen's favorite crispy fish tacos, made with a lightly battered and fried fish of the day that's been topped with cabbage and a drizzle of chipotle mayo.
Seamore's, 390 Broome Street (at Mulberry Street); 212-730-6005. Photo: Via @amyleegiannotti. More
Pasquale Jones Created by the same team behind our other Soho darling, Charlie Bird, Pasquale Jones slings the downtown (i.e. chic) pie heat. These pizzas are thin crust and chewy perfection, thanks to two wood-fired Stefano Ferrara ovens, and come in a variety of savory flavor profiles (e.g. the clam pie with charred broccoli raab, cream, salted chiles, and white wine steamed clams). Not to mention this is the very spot where Beyoncé noshed after the VMAs.
Pasquale Jones, 187 Mulberry Street (at Kenmare Street). Photo: Via @ salidonyc. More
Ed's Lobster Bar With a wood-paneled exterior, Ed's brings low-key New England seafood shack vibes to bustling downtown Manhattan. Offering a plethora of oysters, steamers, seafood pasta dishes, and of course lobster rolls, this Soho spot serves up coastal catches with comforting hometown gusto. Be sure to try the lobster ravioli — it's rich.
Ed's Lobster Bar, 222 Lafayette Street (at Spring Street); 212-343-3236. Photo: Via @ edslobsterbar. More
Cafe Gitane This French-Moroccan cafe on Mott Street is best known for its Insta-worthy brunches — but the real meal to be had here is dinner. Gitane is cash-only (so the prices are right) and offers flavor-packed plates (ideal for sharing) in a chic Soho setting. And the Moroccan couscous with red peppers, potatoes, raisins, toasted pine nuts, hummus and eggplant? It's not to be missed.
Cafe Gitane, Multiple locations in Manhattan. Photo: Via @ revolve. More
La Esquina Beyond and beneath an antiqued neon "Corner Deli" sign lies La Esquina, a darkly lit and luxurious Mexican dining destination. But you'd never know — this Soho eatery is top secret, reservation-only, and exceedingly hard to get into (literally, a guarded nondescript door within the deli serves as the entryway).
If you're unable to score a reservation, you can always score some fabulous tacos from the counter upstairs...while casing the mystery door for a stealth entrance.
La Esquina, 114 Kenmare Street (at Centre Street); 646- 613-7100. Photo: Via @ steveneatsnyc. More
The Butcher's Daughter Known as the " vegetable slaughter house," The Butcher's daughter is the hip place in Soho to get your organic and veggie-friendly fix. Providing top-of-the-line juices and lots of whole grain noshes, this neighborhood eatery is perfect for a trendy downtown bite.
The Butcher's Daughter, (at Great Jones's Street); 212-219-3434. Photo Via: @ mscornpuff. More
Uncle Boons Uncle Boons is your downtown Soho spot for delicious and dependable Thai. Located in a quaint loft-like space, it's a perfect date night destination — or a even just a low key, good grub, hangout with comrades.
Uncle Boons , 7 Spring Street (between Bowery and Elizabeth Street); 646-370-6650. Photo: Via @ vanderlex. More
Bistro Les Amis The corner bistro looks like it hasn’t been redecorated since 1983, which is part of the appeal. Sit at an outdoor table and select from a simple French menu (maybe coq au vin and cheese-drenched onion soup?) while you watch the Soho beauties and their shopping bags breeze by.
Bistro Les Amis, 180 Spring Street (at Thompson Street); 212-226-8645 Photo Courtesy of: Bistro Les Amis. More
Cafe Altro Paradiso The owners of nearby restaurant Estela promise “another kind of paradise” with this space, which is huge and airy and filled with light. The Italian-ish entrees are so simple that you may want to hang out strictly with the starters, like spicy anchovies on a buttery crostini, or a seared octopus with chickpeas.
Cafe Altro Paradiso, 234 Spring Street (at Sixth Avenue); 646-952-0828 Photo Courtesy of: Cafe Altro Paradiso. More
Miss Lily’s In a neighborhood where everyone else is too cool for school, this vibrant Jamaican diner explodes onto Houston Street. You’ll find jerk spices on everything—jerk corn, jerk fries, jerk wings, and so on—multiple seafood dishes, and yummy cocktails. Including one served in, yep, a coconut.
Miss Lily’s, 132 W Houston Street (at Sullivan Street); 212-812-1482 Photo Courtesy of: Miss Lily's. More
Aurora Expanding from their original venue in Williamsburg, the menu at Aurora has plenty of homemade pastas but we’ll just mention this one: burrata-stuffed ravioli with crushed truffles and a butter emulsion. If that description didn’t kill you, try their surprisingly great brunch, which boasts $5 refills on cocktails.
Aurora, 510 Broome Street (between Thompson Street and West Broadway); 212-334-9020 Photo Courtesy of: Aurora. More
Mooncake Food Calling itself a “new kind of Asian food,” Mooncake refuses processed meats, sugary sauces, and heavy frying at its original location in Soho (they already have two other outposts). So go ahead and fill up on the fascinating fusion of Asian flavors, as with the whitefish salad bahn mi or a grilled tofu noodle salad with ginger cilantro pesto dressing.
Mooncake Food, 28 Watts Street (between Thompson Street and Sixth Avenue); 212-219-8888 Photo Courtesy of: Mooncake Food. More
Galli “Let’s do Italian” is comforting enough, but Galli promises “Italian comfort food,” so why not take a seat? The restaurant serves up the classics (pasta alla norma, vodka, pesto, amatriciana) and a whole calamari category and multiple kinds of protein parmesan. Don’t fight it. There’s no point.
Galli, 45 Mercer Street (between Broome and Grand streets); 212-966-9288. Photo Courtesy of: Galli. More
Coco & Cru Come to Coco & Cru for a refreshingly delicious breakfast, lunch, or brunch (because brunch is life). An Aussie-inspired establishment that serves up freshly sourced and flavorful eats. The space is clean, bright, and open air— nestled in the bustling heart of Soho.
Coco & Cru, 643 Broadway (at the corner of Bleecker Street); 212-614-3170. Photo Courtesy of: Coco & Cru. More
Mimi Let this gray-marble sliver of a restaurant be your secret for as long as you can. The menu was dreamt up by a 25-year-old chef, Liz Johnson (who managed to fit in a stint at Per Se at an age most people spend partying) and is filled with rich French delicacies.
Mimi, 185 Sullivan Street (between Bleecker and West Houston streets); 212-418-1260. Photo Courtesy of: Mimi. More
Egg Shop If you firmly believe that breakfast should last all day, run (don't walk) to Egg Shop. From brunch 'til late, you can avail yourself of the many egg-ccentric items on the menu, from classic bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches to their take on bibimbap and veggie-rich bowls and salads (topped with an egg, of course).
Egg Shop, 151 Elizabeth Street (between Broome and Kenmare streets); 646-666-0810. Photo Courtesy of: Egg Shop. More
Chikarashi Haven't hopped on the poké bowl train yet? Now's the time with Chikarashi — a sleek NYC spot serving up their own take on the new food trend. With a fusion of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cuisines, these bowls are fresh, full of flavor, and affordable!
Chikarashi, 227 Canal St (between Centre and Baxter streets); 646-649-5965. Photo Courtesy of: Chikarashi. More
Osteria Morini Bow down in devotion at this altar to carbohydrates. The handmade pastas are the main event here, and a great way to sample chef Michael White’s skills without dropping the insane dollars on his other NYC restaurants (which include Marea and Ai Fiori). In fact, pastas are only $10 after 9pm on Mondays!
Osteria Morini, 218 Lafayette Street (between Spring and Kenmare Streets); 212-965-8777 Photo Courtesy of: Osteria Morini. More
Jack’s Wife Freda You may be surprised to find out that this cafe doesn’t just exist as a background for models’ Instagram posts. It also peddles Mediterranean fare with particular attention to sea creatures. Their shared dishes — grilled halloumi, a plate of straight-up garlic — are great with girlfriends (as you, yes, try not to gawk at the models).
Jack’s Wife Freda, 224 Lafayette Street (between Spring and Kenmare Streets); 212-510-8550 Photo Courtesy of: Jack's Wife Freda. More
The Dutch A neighborhood of bustling, beautiful, effortlessly cool people need a restaurant that caters to all of the above. Consistently packed to the gills, the Dutch makes room for every American comfort food, from pasta to roasted chicken to three cuts of beef. The presentation is everything, darling.
The Dutch, 131 Sullivan Street (at Prince Street); 212-677-6200 Photo Courtesy of: The Dutch. More
Lucky Strike This French bistro is as old-school New York as a restaurant can be that opened in 1989. The menu is scribbled on giant, antique mirrors around the warm wooden space, and the food is straightforward and comforting. French onion soup and mac cheese? Oui.
Lucky Strike, 59 Grand Street (between Wooster and W. Broadway); 212-941-0772 Photo Courtesy of: Lucky Strike. More
Raoul’s Can’t make it to Paris this year? We feel your pain. The next best thing is Raoul’s, run by two French immigrant brothers since the ‘70s. The atmosphere is everything — viva la vie boheme — but the steak au poivre and duck-fat fries aren’t too shabby, either.
Raoul’s, 180 Prince Street (at Sullivan Street); 212-966-3518. Photo Courtesy of: Raoul's. More
Burger and Barrel Here you'll find the classiest burger joint in all the land. The candlelit ambiance makes for a surprisingly great spot for a first date, as does the menu — it’s not just burgers, but other crowd-pleasers, too, like roasted chicken and ravioli. Bond over the many small plates, which are just right for sharing.
Burger and Barrel, 25 West Houston Street (between Greene and Mercer streets); 212-334-7320. Photo Courtesy of: Burger and Barrel. More
Aquagrill The best seafood restaurant in New York? Aquagrill might just be. It’s not just that the menu contains every kind of fishy fare your heart could possibly desire — it’s also the inventive, worldy preparations, like the crab claws with jicama-jalapeno-pineapple slaw, or the sea bass with Korean kimchi in a wasabi-miso sauce, that knock our socks off.
Aquagrill, 210 Spring Street (at Sixth Avenue); 212-274-0505. Photo Courtesy of: Aquagrill. More
Blue Ribbon Brasserie Brothers and graduates of Le Cordon Bleu Bruce and Eric Bromberg named their restaurant group after the esteemed institution — "the blue ribbon" is the English translation. They have restaurants all around the world, including flagship Blue Ribbon Brasserie, which distinguishes itself as a French dining experience for night owls. Lucky for us, it's open until 4 a.m., seven days a week.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie, 97 Sullivan Street (between Spring and Prince streets); 212-274-0404. Photo Courtesy of: Blue Ribbon Brasserie. More
Carbone The Italian restaurant to end all Italian restaurants: That seems to be what chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone were aiming for with Carbone. The menu is precisely what you would expect — linguini vongole, prime porterhouse, Caesar salad — with impeccable service and mighty-high prices. Try the spicy rigatoni vodka, which many Yelpers claim is the best pasta dish in the city.
Carbone, 181 Thompson Street (between Bleecker and Houston streets); 212-933-0707. Photo Courtesy of: Carbone. More
Socarrat Paella Bar Jesus ‘Lolo’ Manso has created an empire of Spanish restaurants in Manhattan, all bearing the name “socarrat,” the term for the crust that forms at the bottom of a paella pan. The Paella Bar in Nolita boasts a bustling communal table and pans overflowing with lamb, shrimp, beef, cuttlefish, lobster, squid, duck, pork, and just about every protein that walks or swims this earth.
Socarrat Paella Bar, 284 Mulberry Street (at East Houston Street); 212-219-0101.
Photo Courtesy of: Socarrat Paella Bar. More
Alidoro Sandwiches, sandwiches, and more sandwiches: That's Alidoro’s business. The specialty sandwich shop has about a billion combos on its menu, all named after famous Italians (like the Da Vinci and Sinatra). With all that prosciutto, sopressata, capicollo, mortadella, and more, you half expect a Sopranos cast member to be playing cards out front.
Alidoro, 105 Sullivan Street (between Spring and Prince streets); 212-334-5179. Photo Courtesy of: Alidoro. More
Navy If you're coming to Soho for its charm, you’ll most certainly find it in spades at Navy, a seafood spot with appropriately nautical décor touches. Chef Camille Becerra sets herself apart from other fish restaurants with veggie complements, like branzino with leeks puree or octopus with pickles and lemon aioli.
Navy, 137 Sullivan Street (between West Houston and Prince streets); 212-533-1137. Photo Courtesy of: Navy. More
Parm Italians love arguing about what real Italian food is — namely, how it’s not the ziti you’re being served in Staten Island or New Jersey. Parm serves up unabashedly Italian-American sandwiches, with chicken parm, eggplant parm, and meatball parm all on the menu. They also cater. Remind us what there is to argue about, again?
Parm, 248 Mulberry Street (between Spring and Prince streets); 212-993-7189. Photo Courtesy of: Parm. More
Lure Fishbar If you don’t love seafood, this might not be the place for you. There is a marine touch to nearly dish, like a lobster crouton appetizer, tuna tacos, and any other fish-themed course you could possibly wish for. Okay, there’s a burger and herb-roasted chicken, for the non-seafood fanatics, but that’s no fun in a place like this!
Lure Fishbar, 142 Mercer Street (at Prince Street), 212-431-7676. Photo Courtesy of: Lure Fishbar. More
Rubirosa Of all the pizza and Italian joints in New York, it always seems to be Rubirosa that everyone thinks they personally discovered. Well, the secret is out. The cozy spot features the decades-old thin-crust recipe from the Pappalardo family (straight out of Staten Island), plus chef Al DiMeglio’s homemade pasta dishes.
Rubirosa, 235 Mulberry Street (between Spring and Prince streets); 212-965-0500. Photo Courtesy of: Rubirosa. More
Little Prince Let this spot be your introduction to French food. Little Prince has the requisite steak frites and wine list, but without the holier-than- thou attitude (or prices). Plus, you still get that romantic bistro ambiance. Bon appetit!
Little Prince, 199 Prince Street (between Macdougal and Sullivan streets); 212-335-0566. Photo Courtesy of: Little Prince. More
ll Mulino Prime Just what New York needs: Another steakhouse. Right? Actually, yes, especially when it's by the Italian powerhouse Il Mulino group. Il Mulino Prime — whose decor is White Party-ready — is a tiny ode to beef. Though the cuts take center stage, you'd be remiss to pass up other dishes, like the lobster mac and cheese or the short ribs ravioli.
Il Mulino Prime, 331 West Broadway (at Grand Street); 212-226-0020. Photo Courtesy of: Il Mulino Prime. More
Charlie Bird The owners of Charlie Bird claim that they were inspired by "essential New York." What does that mean? According to this Sixth Avenue hotspot, it looks like neon lights on brick walls, feels like a tight space with lively diners, and tastes like an American menu with heavy Italian influence. Oh, and said menu is printed on colorful graffiti-esque paper, too, as if designed by Warhol himself.
Charlie Bird, 5 King Street (at Sixth Avenue); 212-235-7133. Photo Courtesy of: Charlie Bird. More
Ruby's Cafe There's an expansive Australian ex-pat community hiding in New York, and you'll probably find a good number of them dining at Ruby's. Their recently expanded space has a menu full of Aussie standards, including —yup, you know it — Vegemite on toast. If that yeast paste freaks you out (it's an acquired taste, after all), there are plenty of solid burger, sandwich, and salad options.
Ruby’s Cafe, 219 Mulberry Street (between Spring and Prince streets); 212-925-5755. Photo Courtesy of: Ruby's Cafe. More
Balaboosta As a resident of New York, you may be proud of the Yiddish phrases you've picked up along the way — right, bubbala? But, you might have missed balaboosta, which translates to "perfect housewife" (or "bossy woman," but six of one…). This spot features Middle Eastern dishes with Mediterranean touches, the best of which are the smaller plates like hummus or grilled eggplant crostini.
Balaboosta, 214 Mulberry Street (between Spring and Prince streets); 212-966-7366. Photo Courtesy of: Balaboosta. More
Hundred Acres When you’re aching for an escape from the city, get a touch of the country at this airy spot on MacDougal Street. The food and decor is meant to evoke a farmhouse, with French doors open to the sidewalk and loads of local veggies on the seasonal menu. The best part, however, might be the delightful drink options, which include a dozen whiskeys and bold cocktails. It's enough to make you long for sleepy summer afternoons.
Hundred Acres, 38 MacDougal Street (between King and Prince streets); 212-475-7500. Photo Courtesy of: Hundred Acres. More
Tacombi Next time you find yourself arguing with co-workers about where to have happy hour, insist they join you at the ridiculously fun Tacombi. It's decorated to look like a shack on a Mexican beach, and a converted VW bus serving gluten-free tacos is parked right in the center of the space. The relaxed vibe is perfect to sip cerveza after cerveza. You can practically hear the waves crashing nearby.
Tacombi, 267 Elizabeth Street (between Prince and East Houston streets); 917-727-0179. Photo Courtesy of: Tacombi. More
David Burke Kitchen Of all of David Burke’s restaurants, Kitchen might be the most fun. Gingham and denim abound in the playful dining room, and for all of its higher-end fare, you can still order a bucket of beer to enjoy in the gorgeous outdoor space. The menu is full of hearty American farm favorites like lamb, ribeye, and chicken with arugula ravioli.
David Burke Kitchen, 23 Grand Street (at Sixth Avenue); 212-201-9119. Photo Courtesy of: David Burke Kitchen. More
Lovely Day This sweet little diner looks like a quaint 1950s spot, with flower-dotted wallpaper and shiny red table tops. The basement even has a happening little bar. But it's the tasty Thai fare that will make this fun, quirky spot a favorite to nosh on noodles and nostalgia.
Lovely Day, 196 Elizabeth Street (between Spring and Prince streets); 212-925-3310. Photo Courtesy of: Lovely Day More
Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen Tell the Angelenos in your life to stop whining about how Mexican food on the West Coast is so much better than anything here. Lupe’s brings that flavor to Soho, with low-key diner decor and even more casual prices for its flavorful burritos, enchiladas, and seafood dishes.
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