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Soho, NYC neighborhood guide

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

Written by
Tazi Phillips
&
Jennifer Picht
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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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Restaurants in Soho, NYC

The Dutch

The Dutch

  • 4 out of 5 stars

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

Le Coucou

Le Coucou

  • 4 out of 5 stars

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

Balthazar

Balthazar

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 3 of 4

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

Bars in Soho, NYC

Pegu Club

Pegu Club

  • price 4 of 4

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...

City Winery

City Winery

  • price 2 of 4

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

The Handy Liquor Bar

The Handy Liquor Bar

  • price 2 of 4

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

Hotels in Soho, NYC

The Mercer

The Mercer

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 4 of 4

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

Sixty SoHo

Sixty SoHo

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 3 of 4

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