Restaurant recommendations - Soho NYC

Would be grateful for restaurant recommendations in Soho, NYC. Taking a glamorous 20-year-old niece, so some "atmosphere" would be great. Thanks!

  • Posted by: Pegeen
  • January 7, 2015
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em-i-lis
em-i-lis January 7, 2015

Balthazar is magnificently atmospheric. Not quite in SoHo, but I love, love Bar Pitti over in Greenwich Village.

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Pegeen
Pegeen January 7, 2015

Thank you!

em-i-lis
em-i-lis January 7, 2015

ps- Bar Pitti is cash only.

Pegeen
Pegeen January 7, 2015

p.s. It's for dinner

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Pegeen
Pegeen January 7, 2015

Sorry if this is sheer ignorance, but why would an established restaurant be cash-only? Just curious.

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ChefJune
ChefJune January 7, 2015

Balthazar is right in the middle of Soho, although I think its atmosphere is way better than the food.I like l'Ecole (the restaurant of the International Culinary Center) and The Dutch better.

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dinner at ten
dinner at ten January 7, 2015

Boqueria in SoHo has a nice lively atmosphere. A bit farther (but if you've been is SoHo for the afternoon you might be ready to leave it) -- Buvette in the West Village is really charming.
RE cash only: Most restaurants run on a pretty small profit margin, and particularly for smaller ones, processing fees charged by credit card companies can be quite significant.

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hungrymarquise
hungrymarquise January 7, 2015

If you don't know much about Balthazar (or even if you do!) this is a great inside story: http://nyti.ms/1HOoSzO. I agree with ChefJune re: atmosphere vs food, though. If your niece is a foodie and a bit more contemporary/off-the-beaten trail, Acme is one of my favourite of-the-moment restaurants in NoHo (I went for my birthday this summer & loved it!). The menu is tricky to read, but the food is fabulous http://www.acmenyc.com/

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ChefJune
ChefJune January 7, 2015

How could I forget? Lupa is in Soho! one of the best italian restaurants in New York, I think. and never a scrowded as its more famous big sister, Babbo. Both food and service are top notch.

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Blythe mayne
Blythe mayne January 7, 2015

Mercer Kitchen at Prince and Mercer is terrific. V
John George V is chef & it shows. Upstairs is better...quieter.

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Pegeen
Pegeen January 7, 2015

Thank you, everyone! Always helps to have some personal recommendations

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy January 8, 2015

Balthazar is an all time favorite, you cannot go wrong there. But sometime might be a little bit touristy. Mercer Kitchen is always rock solid. The two restaurants I like a lot are in Nolita, Public and The Musket Room.

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ChezHenry
ChezHenry January 9, 2015

Raoul's-funky nyc classic french. The Dutch. Bobby Flays Gato is just one block north of Houston St. Pegu Club for cocktails and appetizers. Peasant a few block east of Soho in Nolita. Omen for the best Kyoto style food outside of Kyoto.

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ChefJune
ChefJune January 9, 2015

Over on the corner of Bleecker and Bowery is the hip and wonderful Saxon & Parole. Great cocktails, excellent food, "now" vibe.

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Pegeen
Pegeen January 9, 2015

More great tips! Reading the menus makes me want to eat, eat, eat! And have a cocktail at Pegu Club.

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