Restaurants open late in Soho
Wed Oct 28 2009
Blue Ribbon Sushi
Whether you settle on a $4 bowl of make-it-yourself miso soup and some California rolls, or opt for the top-of-the-line $125 chef’s choice sushi platter, you’ll find the service equally friendly and enthusiastic at this below-street-level Soho fave. 119 Sullivan St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-343-0404, blueribbonrestaurants.com) Daily noon--2am.
Brothers Tom and Anthony Martignetti have converted their former Bar Martignetti into this 92-seat locavore gastropub, designed to evoke the Victorian and industrial periods with repurposed factory carts that double as tables. 406 Broome St at Cleveland Pl (212-680-5600, brinkleysnyc.com) Daily 5pm--2am.
At Cafe Select, nightlife-impresario-turned-restaurateur Serge Becker (La Esquina, the Box) offers little more than simple Swiss comfort food and a Spartan backroom bar, but the hip clientele doesn't seem to care. 121 Lafayette St at Kenmare St (212-925-9322, cafeselectnyc.com) Mon--Wed, Sun 9am--midnight; Thu--Sat 9am--2am.
This loud, aggressively fashionable Soho spot offers reimagined takes on comfort food include Reuben fritters—Swiss cheese, corned beef and kraut fried into golden nuggets—and crunchy cheeseburger spring rolls. 54 Prince St at Lafayette St (212-226-0211, delicatessennyc.com) Mon--Thu, Sun 7am--1am; Fri, Sat 7am--2am.
This 15-year-old workhorse has a look dating all the way back to the last bistro craze. The prices are reasonable and the flavors familiar, which is how the regulars like it. A decent selection of wines by the glass, inventive cocktails and the kitchen’s long hours make this a good stop after a night of knocking around Soho. 59 Grand St between West Broadway and Wooster St (212-941-0772, luckystrikeny.com) Mon--Wed, Sun noon--1am; Thu noon--2am; Fri, Sat noon--2:30am.
Chef Norio Shinohara turns Japanese cuisine on its head at this low-profile spot. Tthe food verges on high art: Raw quail eggs quiver on tuna tartare; salmon arrives in the shape of a swollen rose; and black codfish, marinated in miso, rests on a bright-green bamboo leaf. 113 Thompson St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-925-8923) Daily 6pm--midnight.
Keith McNally has been trying for years to replicate what Raoul’s has been doing since 1975—serving first-rate French fare in an authentic bistro setting. The food is as seductive as the atmosphere. 180 Prince St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (212-966-3518, raouls.com) Daily 5pm--1am.
The Mercer Kitchen
The Kitchen leans toward the simple end of the range that Jean-Georges Vongerichten laid out in his book Simple to Spectacular: How to Take One Basic Recipe to Four Levels of Sophistication, with the flavors of organic vegetables and meats revealed without fuss. The Mercer, 99 Prince St at Mercer St (212-966-5454, jean-georges.com) Mon--Sat 7am--1am; Sun 7am--midnight.
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