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


Pegeen January 9, 2015
More great tips! Reading the menus makes me want to eat, eat, eat! And have a cocktail at Pegu Club.
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.
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.
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.
Pegeen January 7, 2015
Thank you, everyone! Always helps to have some personal recommendations
Blythe M. January 7, 2015
Mercer Kitchen at Prince and Mercer is terrific. V
John George V is chef & it shows. Upstairs is better...quieter.
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.
cheamcreese January 7, 2015
If you don't know much about Balthazar (or even if you do!) this is a great inside story: 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
dinner A. 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.
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.
Pegeen January 7, 2015
Sorry if this is sheer ignorance, but why would an established restaurant be cash-only? Just curious.
Pegeen January 7, 2015
p.s. It's for dinner
em-i-lis January 7, 2015
Balthazar is magnificently atmospheric. Not quite in SoHo, but I love, love Bar Pitti over in Greenwich Village.
Pegeen January 7, 2015
Thank you!
em-i-lis January 7, 2015
ps- Bar Pitti is cash only.
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