Get a Taste of the Rustic, the Ready and Sublime at SoHo's Hottest Tables

In a city of near-constant change, neighborhoods can reinvent themselves seemingly overnight. The 1840-era cast-iron buildings that are near synonymous with the tony streets of modern-day SoHo were once occupied by grand private homes, and, later, oversized, industrialized warehouses. By the middle of the 20th Century, SoHo's wide, often cobblestoned streets were morphed into gigantic (well, by New York standards) lofts, most of which were occupied by artistic up-and-comers staying in live-work collectives.

Nowadays, SoHo is better known for luxury shopping and the sleek downtown Bloomingdale's have replaced the majority of the district's residential spaces, artist-affiliated or not, and the neighborhood's trendiest galleries moved to West Chelsea and Williamsburg. The contemporary district's concentration of popular shops can result in crowds of consumers looking for a restorative cup of coffee, mid-day meal or evening feast – all at the same time. Fortunately, with just a bit of foresight, long lines and mediocre meals can easily be avoided. Keep your eyes peeled for our 10 favorites, where SoHo's trademark style and substance come together in one, decidedly delicious shopping break. Spanning historic bistros and quirky-cool cafes, we have a recommendation for every appetite.

When pastry chef Dominique Ansel opened his eponymous bakery on a tree-lined SoHo side street in 2011, it immediately won scores of local fans loyal to his miniature meringues, chocolate-covered canelle and flaky French pastries. But it's the...  Read More

Keeping thirsty New Yorkers sated since 1847, Fanelli's sits on the cinematically cobblestoned intersection of Prince and Mercer Streets. Surrounded by tony Tory Burch boutiques and a bi-level cosmetics counter, this historic pub is the...  Read More

The neon sign above this corner restaurant beckons to weary and hungry passersby, promising wallet-friendly and edible snacks for the late night munchies. The taqueria does not disappoint, with tasty chorizo tacos and plates of enchiladas....  Read More

On a bright, airy corner Spring Street Natural is a democratic place that specializes in organic produce, free-range poultry and a general sense of culinary consciousness. The complimentary slices of tomato-rosemary quick bread is one of the...  Read More

Legend has it that the two brothers from Alsace, France came to Soho and were so poor they threw nothing out, not even the salt. But they did buy a little restaurant that was on sale. And soon, people trickled downstairs out of their illegal...  Read More

From sushi to bakeries to fried chicken, Blue Ribbon Brasserie has become an institution in NYC, LA, Las Vegas and London. Rumor has it that the best steak tartare in town can be had here. The Brothers Bromberg's menu also boasts a variety of...  Read More

The long, well-lit space combines a 12-seat bar, perfect for grabbing a glass of rosado and a few pinxtos, as well as high-top tables and inviting leather banquettes toward the back. A young, good-looking crew, replete with designer shopping...  Read More

The perennially packed Balthazar serves French bistro fare to about 1500 impossibly stylish guests of media moguls, models and the people who break freshly baked bread with them. The escargot, braised in garlic and white wine, are a favorite, as...  Read More

A neighborhood favorite for locals and travelers alike, The Dutch blends urban Italian and American flavors serving elevated takes on Southern American classics like seared scallops with citrus and slivers of radish, rabbit pot pie and perfectly...  Read More

On a small stretch of bars and restaurants favored by brunch-ing fashionistas and club kids heading to top secret dance halls, Osteria Morini is a class act. Never mind who walks in, the atmosphere is still a bit rustic yet sophisticated. And,...  Read More


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