is known for its shopping, foot traffic, cast iron architecture, and loft apartments. However, it also houses a bustling restaurant scene with some excellent dinner menus. SoHo is distinct from other neighborhoods in Manhattan because it is a trendy location where you are dressed to impress while you dine. Here are 10 great restaurants for dinner in SoHo, New York City.
Bar, Cafe, Mexican, $$$
Situated where SoHo meets Nolita
, the chic La Esquina
is a perfect spot for some tacos and a Jarrito. While it seems to be a small restaurant offering tacos, it also has an exclusive basement brassiere and tequila bar, which can become a scene. Needless to say, La Esquina has something going for everyone.
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Bistro, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, $$$
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is an Instagrammer’s dream: the Israeli-inspired cuisine and fresh cocktails are colorful and bright, making them the perfect subjects for your Instagram feed
. The ambiance also matches the food; the vibe is casual cool with lots of light flooding in – ideal for some summertime al fresco dining. If you’re dining in SoHo, this should be on your must-try list.
Chalk Point Kitchen
Restaurant, Bar, North American, $$$
Chalk Point Kitchen
is deep in SoHo and will sometimes get overlooked. It serves home-style American fare within a cozy setting. So cozy, in fact, if you venture to its downstairs area, there is a bar that looks like it was lifted from the Harvard Club’s drawing room, complete with shelves of books lining the walls, decadent leather couches, and a fireplace. It is an excellent place to get dinner, followed by a whiskey-based cocktail in the bar downstairs.
Brasserie, European, $$$
In the heart of SoHo, there is the Parisian café spinoff that gives you all kinds of Paris vibes, from its décor to its food. Balthazar
is a perfect place to have a glitzy and indulgent dinner before a night out on the town.
Bar, Restaurant, Cuban, $$$
gets a lot of its buzz from word of mouth – someone has undoubtedly told you about the restaurant. It’s a cozy Cuban joint that’s famous for its corn (topped with mayo and spices). It hard not to order the Cuban sandwich while there, but they do offer a variety of other delicious dishes to try as well and an excellent frozen mojito! Ordering tip: one order of the corn is enough for two.
Bistro, Middle Eastern, $$$
A celeb hot spot often used as a backdrop in movies, Cafe Gitane
is a cash-only place slinging cous cous deliciousness. It’s in the perfect SoHo/Nolita location for people-watching and taking a stroll after your meal.
Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
Yes, it’s true – Egg Shop
is a sunny café that serves eggs all day, so if you’re the kind of person who likes eggs on everything, this is your spot. Its modern feel and highly photographable dishes make this an easy choice.
The Mercer Kitchen
Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$