Soho, NYC neighborhood guide

Soho, NYC is notable for its shopping and dining options, but which spots are considered the absolute best?

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Soho, NYC is a shopping enclave full of high-end boutiques and buzzworthy pop-up shops, as well as a sea of street vendors touting designer knockoffs in the form of sunglasses, handbags and scarves. Just make sure to save some change—and your phone battery—so you can grab coffee and a pastry from one of the many Instagrammable cafes and eateries packed into the downtown nabe. But don’t write off Soho as a mere urban shopping mall. Though many of the art galleries that made Soho New York a contemporary-art hot spot in the 1970s and ’80s decamped to Chelsea and the Lower East Side, some excellent art spaces remain. Walk along the cobblestone streets and find great New York restaurants, bars and things to do in this downtown neighborhood.

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Things to do in Soho, NYC

The best things to do in Soho
Things to do

The best things to do in Soho

Enjoy parties, concerts, art galleries, the coolest shows and more with our guide to the best things to do in Soho

The best galleries in Soho, Tribeca and the West Village
Art

The best galleries in Soho, Tribeca and the West Village

FYI: Soho was once the epicenter of the New York art world until the 1990s 

The best shops in Soho
Shopping

The best shops in Soho

Despite the “mall-ification” of the neighborhood, the retail-rich area is an intoxicating consumer playground

Restaurants in Soho, NYC

The Dutch
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The Dutch

The Dutch draws in a crowd for the eclectic offerings of chef and owner Andrew Carmellini. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Le Coucou
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Le Coucou

The restaurant attracts all types for fancy date nights featuring refined French fare

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4 out of 5 stars
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Balthazar
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Balthazar

Not only is the iconic Balthazar still trendy, but the kitchen rarely makes a false step

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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The Bombay Bread Bar
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The Bombay Bread Bar

Floyd Cardoz, of Tabla and Top Chef Masters fame, deserves major props for this Soho Indian spot

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Bars in Soho, NYC

Pegu Club
Bars

Pegu Club

The far-reaching influence of New York's reigning queen of mixology, Audrey Saunders, is hard to measure. Her storied cocktail lounge, the Pegu Club, begat many of today's standard-bearers, including Death & Company, PDT and Mayahuel. Pay a visit to the urbane barroom, a second floor sanctum on bustling Houston Street, and explore Saunders’ eminent opus, which includes new classics such as the Gin-Gin Mule. She first served the drink—a vivacious elixir of homemade ginger beer with Tanqueray gin, fresh mint and lime juice—at the Beacon Restaurant & Bar in 2000. Equally renowned is the Earl Grey MarTEAni, a frothy and fragrant nod to English teatime traditions made with loose-leaf–infused Tanqueray gin, lemon juice and an egg white.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
City Winery
Bars

City Winery

Unabashedly grown-up and yuppie-friendly, this slick club is New York’s only fully functioning winery

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Broome Street Bar

Broome Street Bar

Tourists from nearby hotels come to mingle with locals at this typical New York bar

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The Handy Liquor Bar
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The Handy Liquor Bar

It's a piano-bar throwback, rigged with a Motown-filled juke and punk portraits of CBGB-era Blondie

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5 out of 5 stars
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Hotels in Soho, NYC

Crosby Street Hotel

Crosby Street Hotel

If you're looking for a slice of London in NYC, look no further 

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4 out of 5 stars
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The Mercer

The Mercer

This André Balasz property lives up to its name by all accounts, fusing modernity and privacy with the soul of its surroundings

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4 out of 5 stars
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Sixty SoHo

Sixty SoHo

Following a recent renovation, Sixty SoHo is a visual expression of the neighborhood’s most treasured qualities 

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4 out of 5 stars
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Soho Grand Hotel

Soho Grand Hotel

Nothing encapsulates Old World New York glamour quite like the SoHo Grand

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Comments

3 comments
Ray C

SoHo, ada South of Houston, boasts an artistic legacy and has become one of the city's premier shopping corridors. The neighborhood itself is adjacent to NoHo, West Village, Greenwich Village, Nolita, Little Italy/Chinatown and Tribeca. Those who choose to make their home in the area will never ceased to be amazed with the abundance of tourists, young professionals and celebrities that frequent this neighborhood. SoHo is home to plenty of beautiful cast-iron pre-war buildings and lofts. 


For more information about SoHo, check out the neighborhood guide on RentHop, a nationwide apartment rental website: 

https://www.renthop.com/nyc/soho-apartments

Sui P

Love SoHo so much! If you are looking to discover some of the beautiful spas and salons in the area a local business called LookBooker (www.lookbooker.co) let's you make online appointments with lots of the SoHo hidden gems

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Soho is definitely one of the nicest parts of NYC.  Easy to stroll around. Drop into the historic "Ear" Inn for a relaxing break or Puck Fair pub.