Brunch: This 40-year-old Soho institution is buzzing with a new brunch menu since last fall. This is not the place for dainty, fluffy egg dishes, in fact, the chef at Raoul's swore off Eggs Benedict from the start. The breakfast-lunch hybrid, the rest of us call brunch includes a souffle apple pancake and for many, the star of the show is Raoul's classic burger au poivre with fries and St.-Andre cheese for $23 where unlike at dinner are only available at the bar, about 25 or 30 are made at brunch. So get there early if this is what you crave on a Sunday morning. The Catskills Mountain Smoked Salmon and a farm egg is about the closest to a classic breakfast dish you will find here, but all is as fabulous as Raoul's is.
SoHo's Best Restaurants: 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 lofts to try the steaks and fish at low prices, even cheaper at the bar. That was over 30 years ago, today its picture-perfect, candlelit interiors surround an impressive art collection. But none of that exterior beauty can compete with the inviting menu of Parisian brasserie favorites. A convivial crowd of up-and-coming models, elderly neighborhood regulars and the sort of women who look like they work in galleries happily convene for hearty glasses of Gamay and perfectly prepared steak au poivre.