Local's Guide to Food, Shopping & More in Soho & Nolita
New York City
Food & Wine
One of the best things about NYC is there are so many different areas to explore and the Soho and Nolita neighborhoods should be top of the list. Soho & Nolita neighborhoods of NYC offer amazing shopping, restaurants and bars, and if you are lucky maybe even a celeb-sighting or two. I have called these neighborhoods home for over six years. This guide provides a list of all my go-to spots!
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Where to stay in Soho & Nolita
Crosby Street Hotel
Crosby Street Hotel is situated on a quiet cobbled street in the heart of New York's vibrant SoHo neighborhood with tastefully designed rooms and an extravagant bar.
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Big on personality and easy on the wallet, this downtown favorite has small, chic rooms, a popular restaurant and a must-see roofdeck.
Boutique hotel in Soho boasting warmly decorated rooms, a rooftop bar and a trendy French restaurant.
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Things to do in Soho & Nolita
Soho & Nolita are home to some of the best shopping and boutiques in the world! Regardless of one's taste or style, there is certain to be lots of different spots on your list!
Museum of Ice Cream - Take a break from all the shopping and check out the museum of ice cream. It is a great for all ages, and the tour ends with an ice cream tasting.
Elizabeth Street Garden - One of the more unique green spaces in the city, Elizabeth Street Garden is known for its beautiful statues. Pick up a sweet treat from the Little Cupcake Shop around the corner and enjoy the beautiful garden on a sunny day.
Albanese Meats & Poultry - While you may not be doing any grocery shopping on your trip, I still highly recommend swinging by the last little butcher in Little Italy, which is a family-run business that has been in the family since 1923.
Abode - This is a small female-owned boutique filled with lots of home decor, vintage clothing, and unique gifts (for yourself or for a friend).
The Meadow - A small shop filled with high-end chocolate, bitters, flowers and sea salts. I highly recommend the Woodblock Chocolate, which is a personal favorite.
Little Moony - A small family-owned, children's boutique with lots of clothing and toys with an NYC flair. My go-to baby gift is the NYC Yellow Taxi Rattle.
McNally Jackson Bookstore - A truly special place filled with curated books for people of all ages and interests. Don't miss out on their Good for the Study sister store around the block as well.
Lunya - While they do have an online presence, Lunya has their flagship store in Nolita, and this brand is a true game-changer for all things sleepwear. As an avid traveler, I never leave home without my Lunya silk sleep mask!
Peter Hermann Leather Goods - A small leather goods boutique shop with bags sourced from all over the world.
Places to eat & drink in Soho & Nolita
While my list of restaurants and bars could truly go on forever in these neighborhoods, here is a list of my all-time favorites.
Raouls (Brunch & Dinner): A legendary, old-school French bistro with food and great martinis. Pro tip: While there are only a few burgers served during dinner at the bar, Raouls does serve their famous burger during brunch!
Rubirosa (Lunch & Dinner): Voted one of the best pizza spots in the city - You can't miss the Tie-Dye Pizza!
Little Prince (Brunch, Lunch, Dinner & Late Night): A great go-to spot for casual brunch, dinner with friends, or to drop into the bar to grab an afternoon cocktail. Pro tip: An elevated & fun after-dinner drinks spot!
12 Chairs Cafe (Brunch & Dinner): A great reasonably priced and extremely delicious Israeli restaurant with a wide range of options!
Shuka (Brunch & Dinner): A great, trendy spot for people of all ages and large groups with a menu that is full of sharable Mediterranean dishes and great cocktails.
Bar Pascale (Dinner): The sister and next store restaurant to the well-known Pascale Jones - Bar Pascale offers a more casual menu with great cocktails.
Lovely Day (Lunch & Dinner): A hip and affordable Thai restaurant that is walk in & cash only but has both unique and delicious staples.
Bakeries & Coffee
Matchaful (All Day): As a once die-hard coffee drinker, it is safe to say I have officially been converted. Swing by for a morning or mid-afternoon pick me up drink and healthy snacks. My order is an iced Matcha Au Lait with oak milk and one shot of maple!
Brewlita (All Day): If you are looking to stick to your traditional coffee order, walk down the block to Brewlita, which is a local coffee shop offering a wide range of coffee and pastries options.
Little Cupcake Shop: Hands down one of the most delicious and cutest bakeries in NYC. While they are known for their cupcakes and chocolate cake, my husband and I live by their brownies.
Spring Lounge (All Day): One of the best dive bars in NYC and a hot spot for the 20-somethings of NYC. And yes, they open at 8am each day.
The Crosby Street Bar (Cocktails & Tea): If this hotel falls outside of your price point, I still highlight recommend dropping by the Crosby Street bar for cocktails or for afternoon tea. If the weather permits, see if they have availability outside on the back terrace.
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