Soho

Charlie Bird

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Overview:

Hip, bi-level spot featuring Italian-accented New American fare, modern small plates & wine

Information:

Address: 5 King St, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 235-7133

Neighborhood: Soho

Price: $$$


 

Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecôte

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Overview:

Steak & fries in an addicting sauce are the only things on the menu (plus booze) at this famed, regal French spot.

Information:

Address:  40 Thompson St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212) 334-2580

Neighborhood: Soho, Midtown East

Price: $$$


 

Boqueria

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Overview:

Boqueria is a buzzing Flatiron tapas place that also has outlets in Soho & the Upper East side. All the spaces are cozy and sleek, packed with groups for lunch & dinner. The menu offers a non-stop parade of Spanish tapas options. You'll find tons of classics like bacon-wrapped dates, albóndigas (lamb meatballs), bacalao and pan con tomate served on huge charcuterie boards. Some heartier options include baby squid with white beans & squid ink, gambas with garlic & brandy, or hanger steak topped with chimichurri sauce. Service is good but the whole experience is totally enhanced by Toast Point of Sale, the tech platform powering their restaurant. Find out more on their site: here! 

Information:

Address:  53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

Phone: (646) 651-4654

Neighborhood: Flatiron, Soho, Upper East Side

Price: $$-$$$


 

Bombay Bread Bar

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Overview

Bombay Bread Bar is a new restaurant in the space that used to house Paowalla, from chef Floyd Cardoz. The renovated venue is a more casual, laid back spot decorated with colorful wallpaper and floor-to-ceiling pop art murals. The menu has pivoted to focus mainly on its acclaimed breads like naan, kulchas and roti which are made in their big, wood-fired oven and arrive with an assortment of dips. New additions include fritter-like onion ring bhajias, bhel puri, and Goan fish curry. Everything is shareable making this a good spot for a date or group dinner.

Information:

Address: 195 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 235-1098

Neighborhood: Soho

Price: $$-$$$


 

Spring & Varick

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Overview:

Spring & Varick is a morning-to-night restaurant on the edge of Soho serving modern American cooking. The interior is polished and walls are adorned with a rotating mix of local artwork. The menu features contemporary American fare by chef John Creger. Breakfast kicks off early and there are 3 menus throughout the day. The food is pretty straight forward - lots of crowd pleasers but nothing too out of the ordinary. Dishes include squid ink linguine, black garlic salmon, ricotta gnudi with mushrooms and a 12 oz bone-in pork chop. The burger which arrives with tempura comte on a pretzel bun has gained popularity. 

Information:

Address: 246 Spring St, New York, NY 10013

Phone(212) 842-4500

Neighborhood: Soho

Price: $$$


 

Shuka

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Overview

Shuka is a brand new Soho restaurant from the same team and chef that ran the former space, Hundred Acres. Structurally the interior has remained the same with 3 distinctive dining areas but it has been given a whole new feel. The space has been washed with white and vibrant turquoise paint then decked out in beautiful decorative tiles and Moroccan prints. The menu is Mediterranean with a long list of dips, small plates and kebabs of grilled meats & seafood. Mezzes include fried haloumi, lamb tartare, bourekas & za-atar fries. Every single dish is seasoned aggressively and completely worth while. The vibe is fun and hip making it an amazing spot to come with a group and share tons of dishes. I can't wait to return time & time again. 

Information:

Address38 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

Phone:  (212) 475-7500

Neighborhood: Soho

Price: $$-$$$


 

Sessanta


Overview

Sessanta is a stylish Italian restaurant that you'll find inside of the Sixty Soho hotel. Broken up into multiple spaces, you can choose your adventure between the warm bar, avant-garde dining room, or elegant patio for people watching. The menu takes inspiration from Sicilian coastal cuisine. There are appetizers like tuna carpaccio, chickpea pancakes, and an antipasto platter. The pastas are the star - I'd recommend the humble spaghetti, cooked and sauced to perfection. They restaurant is open for breakfast as well, making it a great place to start your day.  

Information:

Address: 60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 219-8119

Neighborhood: Soho

Website: http://www.sessantanyc.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Black Tap


Overview

The small, casual storefront that was the original Black Tap opened just a few years ago and has rapidly expanded to 4 NYC locations. Restaurants range in size but each is laid back with an impressive coating of graffiti artwork. If you don't know this place you've probably still seen their milkshakes, um, everywhere that media exists and their massive lines at each store. They have over the top, ultra Instagrammable shakes coated with every type of sweet. The real star of the menu, however, are the sandwiches. You can choose from over12 options of creative burger toppings, falafel burger, or an excellent fried chicken. The menu undisputedly offers one of best burgers in New York and the classic is absolutely perfect - juicy & flavorful, topped with perfectly melted cheese, crisp fresh lettuce/tomato, and special sauce. It is undoubtedly worth the wait, and I NEVER say that. 

Information:

Address  529 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (917) 639-3089

Neighborhood: Soho, Lower East Side, Midtown, Meatpacking

Website: https://blacktapnyc.com

Price: $$


 

Pinch Chinese


Overview

In case you were wondering, no, not all Chinese food was created equal. Like people, some Chinese food is better than others. Pinch is in that category. This is a new-ish Soho spot helmed by former executive chef for Din Tai Fung, Charlie Chen. The Taiwan-founded chain is Michelin starred, so the man knows a thing or two. True to Soho, the interior is sleek & dark. Dumplings are a focal point with many excellent versions being served - pork, chicken and seafood. After that the menu is a laundry list of deliciousness including dan dan noodles, mapo tofu, cumin ribs, and pork belly. The dumplings are excellent but the noodle & vegetable dishes are what would keep me coming back. 

Information

Address:  177 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

Phone:   (212) 328-7880

Neighborhood: Soho

Website: https://www.pinchchinese.com/

Price: $$


 

Houseman


Overview

Painfully cute & cozy restaurant in an area you probably don't often venture into. Houseman is located in a little pocket of West Soho between the West Village & Tribeca. It's a jack of all trades restaurant - neighborhood comfort you could frequent several times weekly, take the parents, settle in for a first date. The interior design is clean and understated. Chef/owner Ned Baldwin's menu is very seasonal and changes frequently so you won't get bored to death. They have a large selection of small plates and seafood loaded heavily with vegetables. Think chicory with smoked trout, roasted carrots in tahini cream, or pork sausage with leeks and clams (fuck yes). You'll find a killer Houseman burger with a double patty, cheese, & caramelized onions.  I'd honestly go just for the burger.

Information:

Address  508 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212) 641-0654

Neighborhood: Soho/West Village

Website : http://housemanrestaurant.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: dinner with mom & dad, casual weeknight date, brunch, seasonal menus, vegetarian friendly


 

Cafe Altro Paradiso

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Overview:

Modern takes on traditional Italian cooking in an airy, wood-accented space with a marble bar.

 Information:

Address: 234 Spring St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (646) 952-0828

Neighborhood: Soho

Website: https://www.altroparadiso.com/

Price: $$$


 

Paowalla

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Garlic Naan & Chutney - Tomato Kalonji, Mango, Mint Cilantro

 

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Bacon Naan

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Black Pepper Shrimp - Tandoor Fired, Fresh Lime Juice

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Burrata - Sea Island Peas ‘Ma Ki Dal’

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Lamb Paonini - Spiced Potatoes, Cucumber Raita

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Egg Kejriwal Sandwich – Chhicken, Cheddar Cheese, Coconut Chili Chutney

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Dosa & Fried Egg - Garlic Chutney

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Poached Egg Patia - Caramelized Onions, Ginger, Potatoes

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Egg Kejriwal - Cheddar Cheese, Coconut Chili Chutney

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Grilled Pineapple - Vanilla Bean, Black Pepper Syrup

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Saffron Yogurt "Srikhand" - Cardamom, Jaggery

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Vanilla Bean Kulfi - Blood Oranges and Rosewater

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"Gulab Nut" - Cashew Cream, Rum Syrup

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Address195 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Phone(212) 235-1098

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Sant Ambroeus

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TARTARE DI SALMONE -  organic salmon, avocado, peperoncino, mustard, salmon roe

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TARTARE DI TONNO - tuna tartare, black bean purée, pickled red onion, crispy rosemary

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Vitello Tonnato - classic Sant Ambroeus chilled and thinly sliced veal with a tuna sauce garnished with capers

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TROFIE AL RAGÙ DI AGNELLO- trofie with lamb ragù, fresh mint, pistachio, hint of harissa and

aged ricotta

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COTOLETTA ALLA MILANESE- traditional veal chop Milanese, served with arugula and tomatoes

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SPAGHETTI NERI ALLA CARBONARA - ink spaghetti with braised leeks, pancetta and poached egg

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GIANDUIA - gianduia mousse, hazelnut sponge, hazelnut wafer, hazelnut cream and milk chocolate glaze

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Address: 265 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Phone(212) 966-2770

http://www.santambroeus.com

The Handy Liquor Bar

Handy's Liquor Bar is a subterranean bar located below Chalk Point Kitchen in Soho. The setting is old fashioned in the most regal sense. The dark wood and deep leather banquets remind you of classic New York bars. They have an ample cocktail list inspired by classic drinks. The food menu is a generous offering of shared plates & snacks. The charcuterie plates, crostini, and olives are a perfect accompaniment to any evening of drinking. Here's what we had: 

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Cheese & cured meats

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Octopus tacos w/ corn, pickled onion

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Ricotta, honey & black truffle toast

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Charred shishto peppers

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Marinated mixed olives

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Address: 527 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Phone(212) 390-1705

www.thehandyliquorbar.com/

JG Melon

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They should change the phrase “as American as apple pie” to “as American as JG Melon”. This place screams good ol’ fashioned America. There are two locations in NYC. The original is in the Upper East Side and has been in business since 1972. People love this neighborhood staple and have been coming here for decades. An offshoot of the place was opened in Soho recently by a different owner, who also runs Magnolia Bakery and The Mermaid Inn. They share the name and the decor, but many say the food is better uptown. I think what people taste uptown is the nostalgia in the walls, which adds a lot of flavor you cant replicate. Otherwise, the food at both places is very similar. Truth be told I don't go above 23rd street unless someone holds a gun to my head. So, I feel the downtown location is packs everything i need. 

The environment is lively, loud, and full of people of all ages. There is wood lining everything, dark green paint on the walls, and checkered green table clothes. The food is as American as it gets. Lots of salty fried things, wings, and cheesy concoctions between bread. The star here is the famed juicy burger which many people say is the best in the city. It's simply meat, bread, cheese, and pickles on a small plate- no fuss. They have fantastic fried pickles to dip in ranch and a slew of other sandwiches like pulled pork and grilled cheese. You’ll find a big bar at both locations and tons of beer on tap. It’s your classic beer and burger spot to hang out with friends and be loud. If you can’t appreciate that, I don’t want anything to do with you. Here’s what we had:

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12 Chairs

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12 Chairs Cafe really embodies everything I want in a restaurant. It hits on all cylinders of food, service, and ambiance. Their original location is a tiny storefront in Soho which has been around for over 10 years. They opened a second location in Wiliamsburg a few years ago which is my preferred location (pictured above).

The atmosphere at both locations is relaxed and comfortable. Their Brooklyn location is open and airy with tons of natural light. The space is very comfortable and surprisingly spacious for a New York restaurant which is typically jam packed with tables. Service is sweet and casual. They have a killer cocktail list with a ton of inventive options to choose from.

The menu has all of the Mediterranean classics that you would expect. They aren’t pushing the barriers of creativity here but no one needs that to be the case. The menu is huge and they do great versions of the comfort food you love from that part of the world. If you want to share, check out the grape leaves, baladi eggplant, and any of the hummus spreads. I am particularly critical of falafel after having eaten them on every corner in Israel. Theirs are crunch and packed with flavor. For brunch I go with either the Israeli breakfast or the shakshuka. Typically I find lamb burgers to be dry but their version is moist and topped with salty feta. This is the kind of food that is packed with veggies, good for you, and also super filling. Here’s what we had: 

Israeli Guacamole - served with toasted pita

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Hummus Falafel - served with warm pita bread and Israeli pickles

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Shakshuka two eggs poached in a spicy Moroccan tomato sauce; served with Israeli salad

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Israeli Breakfasttwo eggs any style served with chopped Israeli salad, assorted cheeses and dips, includes coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice

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French Toast - challah bread; served with fresh fruit and cinnamon

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Lamb Burger - ground lamb meat topped with feta cheese, red onions, Israeli pickle and spicy mayo; served with long cut home fries

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Photo: From the Grapevine

Photo: From the Grapevine

Address: 56 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

Phone:(212) 254-8640

Menu: 12chairscafe.com