TriBeCa, Nolita & Soho
Known for Dining, bars, star-sightings, architecture, shopping
(Let’s explain the names first: SoHo means “south of Houston St”, there is also NoHo which means "north of Houston St". Nolita is the area just North of Little Italy (Mott, Mulberry St and Elizabeth St north of Kenmare St). TriBeCa is the "Triangle Below Canal St")
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, comes the harder task of figuring out what is arguably a super-cluster of neighborhoods. Soho can get a little touristy, but this area has some of the best shopping, cafes and restaurants. You can get lost wandering around the cobblestone streets all day. These formerly industrial areas, factories and tenements has become so appealing in the last decade. Each space converted into hot new restaurants, boutiques, and spas.
Places to Eat
Located at the Mercer Hotel, Mercer Kitchen brings a chic, sophisticated vibe to the heart of SoHo. Underground is a fabulous restaurant, there is an open kitchen, where guests can sit back and watch the show.
WHAT I LOVED: Steamed shrimp salad with avocado and black truffle flatbread pizza.
The grand vine entrance is Instagrammable to say the least, Nomo Kitchen is bright with an amazing atmosphere and interior decor. The space embodies the Soho vibes as a mix between hipster grunge and upscale.
WHAT I LOVED: Fish Tacos with mango salsa and rigatoni with octopus.
The husband and wife team behind this wonderfully unusual spot, really hit the nail for brunch with their delicious, homey cuisine. A very bustling but laid-back vibe, it’s become more of a hang-out than a traditional restaurant:
WHAT I LOVED: Spinach egg bowl and liquid vitality elixir shot.
Pasquale Jones is cool and inventive with a very eclectic menu. The huge windows also light up the room nicely during the daytime. The restaurant centers around an open kitchen and two wood-burning stoves. The seating, though limited, are roomy booths. Reservations are hard to get, so walking in is your best bet, though prepare to wait.
WHAT I LOVED: The clam pizza and diavola pizza.
Ramen Lab seats no more than ten people at a time so there’s always a wait, but the Sun Noodle bowls are well worth it. The tiny space serves as a pop-up for emerging chefs and tastings. I love the concept of being able to try different ramen creations from guest chefs around the world. A unique and intimate way to experience ramen.
WHAT I LOVED: Tori-Chintan ramen and ItoEn green tea.
THINGs TO DO
Shopping In Soho
Soho is THE place to shop, full of brand's flagship stores, it's hard not to find unique pieces. Some favorites are: Acne (33 Greene St), Anthom (25 Mercer St), The Laundress, (199 Prince St) ,Prada (575 Broadway), Wolf & Badger (95 Grand St).
Near Bowery St. is the New Museum, designed by architect SANNA. It's a stacked building and the fresh face of contemporary art. The building is as much an art piece as the pieces inside. The cool looking museum invokes the question "What in there?" Serving as a symbol of ambitious desire to reflect and participate in the discourse around contemporary art.
*Free Thursdays 7-10pm
On the 2nd floor of Nolita's hotel 11 Howard, is The Blond. Great for dates when it's not booked for events. Just as nice in the early evening for after-work drinks. The room is decorated with velvet banquettes and a long bar, with bouquets of cherry blossoms and fresh blooms in every corner.
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
This downtown wine bar's concept is a cozy, intimate living room style with candle-lighting, plush couches and decorative throw pillows, and marble-topped tables. The wine list is unsurprisingly very French, plus there's a small snack and dinner menu. A fun date spot, or cute place to gather with friends.
Morgenstern's Ice cream
Modern parlor featuring creative flavors of ice cream & sorbet plus gourmet sundae toppings. They are focused on serving texture-driven small-batch ice creams with a renewed attention to flavor and palate. Their ice cream is vegan, and particular favorites of mine are their Black Coconut Ash and their Salted Chocolate.
This is truly a place for the matcha-obsessed. According to Cha Cha Matcha, one cup of matcha equals ten cups of green tea, talk about antioxidants and detox in a cup. In addition to standard fare like a coconut matcha latte, matcha pastries, and matcha soft-serve are also available.
373 Broome St., Nolita | 646.895.9484
Happy Bones is actually really small, but most people take their drinks to-go, so tables are almost always available. The menu and the décor is blessedly simple, so you're guaranteed both a great cup of coffee and peaceful atmosphere every time.
394 Broome St., Nolita | 212.673.3754
My favorite go-to for tea and macarons. The original Laduree is based in Paris and best known for their desserts / pastries. This Soho location also offers brunch and dinner. Decorated with plush blue velvety seats, pale green walls accented with brown panels and dark tables. The atmosphere is elegant and cozy.
398 W Broadway | 646.392.7868
The SoHo flagship marks the design firm’s first store showcasing its collection of furniture, lighting, and accessories. Duo, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, wanted the space to reflect the way they live, and opened La Mercerie, an all-day Parisian café and bakery and a flower shop within the store. Creating a gorgeously louche, authentic space you never want to leave.
53 Howard St. | 212.852.9097