So you’re strolling the cobblestone streets of SoHo, popping in and out of the swanky boutiques, admiring (or not admiring) the wannabe influencers during their photoshoots, when boom – hunger strikes! Not to worry – our local foodie in NYC has built this quintessential list of the 10 best restaurants in SoHo to satisfy those taste buds.
The Top Restaurants in SoHo in New York City
SoHo is an abbreviation for South of Houston Street which is a very literal meaning. The northern border of the district is Houston Street which runs East to West across NYC. The area is a gorgeous little shopping area known for its boutiques and name brand fashion houses, cobble stone streets, and trendy restaurants. If you are in Manhattan, you have to stop by Soho and here are the best restaurants to consider!
$$$$ | Breakfast & Brunch | Top Notch Bagel & Lox
Anyone who’s done a search for the best brunch in NYC has likely come across Sadelle’s. We know there’s no way you’re in town and not getting a bagel & lox, so do yourself a favor and reserve ahead of time at this SoHo staple. But don’t stop at bagels – the french toast is to die for and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with a side of their pigs in a blanket. Keep an eye out while you’re basking in their beautiful dining room, as you may spot a celeb or two.
Address: 463 West Broadway
$$ | Italian | No-Frills Pasta
Have you ever wished you could just hop on a flight to Rome to fulfill that pasta craving? We all know they do it differently there, so you’ll love Bar Pitti. The Italian waitstaff will have you feeling like you’re in il bel paese (whether you appreciate their laissez-faire attitudes or not) and the second one of their Pappardelle dishes hits your mouth, you’ll be instantly transported.
Address: 268 6th Avenue
$$ – $$$ | Mexican | Tacos & Tequila
Feeling a night out? La Esquina is one of NYC’s best Mexican restaurants for many reasons: delicious food, endless margaritas, fun vibes, and it’s great for groups. Its cavernous, dimly-lit dining room will make it easy to just keep filling up your glass with your pitcher of spicy margarita. Don’t count on the elotes to soak up the tequila, but definitely don’t skip the popular corn dish.
Address: 114 Kenmare Street
Song e Napule
$$ | Italian | Pizza Party
Song e Napule will absolutely fill your homemade Neapolitan pizza craving while also fulfilling your desire for a fun night out (emphasis on FUN). Things will seem pretty tame the first half of your dinner, but just wait – all of a sudden the lights will dim while the music turns up and the Italian waiters will be singing and dancing around you. The energy of this place will leave you wanting to return… and not just for their scrumptious pizzas.
Address: 146 West Houston Street
$$$ | French | Old School French
Raoul’s remains one of SoHo’s most coveted institutions. Don’t expect to hear about it on any “trendy” lists, but that’s part of its charm. You’ll be amongst NYC locals who appreciate a classy meal, lively atmosphere, and solid service enjoying their foie gras and escargot. Everyone is a big fan of their burger as well.
Address: 180 Prince Street
$$$ | Asian Fusion | Premium Pan-Asian
Come for the food, stay for the cocktails. SoHo’s newest Asian hot spot is perfect for groups with their large booths, shareable dishes, and unique cocktails. You won’t regret trying their take on fried chicken and fried rice, or opt in for ‘The Feast’ menu for groups of 8+ if you’re feeling like having… well, a feast.
Address: 1 Howard Street
Jack’s Wife Freda
$$$ | American | Trendy Brunch
Often coined as the best brunch spot in SoHo, Jack’s Wife Freda is the quintessential avocado-toast-paired-with-matcha type brunch. That’s not to say you should skip this basic trend, because we’ll admit, it’s a pretty great combo. If that’s not your vibe, they also win with their unique, Middle Eastern & Israeli menu items, such as the Shakshuka.
Address: 225 Lafayette Street
$$ | Spanish Market | Tapas & Take Aways
Do the New York thing and grab some delectable bites for a picnic in the park! Despaña is a market and tapas bar that will have all of the specialty foods from Spain to impress your friends. Dip into their prepared foods section, taste samples from their extensive cured meat & cheese selection, and pick out a bottle of wine for the ultimate envy-worthy meal. Not feeling a picnic? Sit down at one of the few tables available to enjoy their tapas bar.
Address: 408 Broome Street
$$$$ | New American/Italian | Hip Take on Italian
Already hit all the authentic Italian spots town and looking for Italian with a New York flare? Charlie Bird offers a high-class dining experience (without being “stuffy”) for both brunch and dinner on a lovely SoHo sidestreet. For you wine connoisseurs out there, this is your haven. And throw in a dozen Wellfleet oysters while you’re at it.
Address: 5 King Street
$ | Fast Casual Egyptian | Authentic Street Food
There’s no shortage of fast casual spots in SoHo, but Zooba takes the cake for being the most unique. Its neon-clad lighting might be a bit of a shock, but once you see the Egyptian-style artwork and the mouth-watering falafel dishes being prepared, it all seems to fall right into place. There are probably too many items on the menu you’ve never heard of, but that’s the fun of it (but pro-tip, the Hawawshi is a fan favorite)!
Address: 100 Kenmare Street