A Stroll Around SoHo and TriBeCa
The Bleecker Street subway
stop is a good starting point to explore Soho’s shops and galleries.
Galleries worth a visit are Peter Blum at
99 Wooster St; Spencer Brownstone at
39 Wooster St; David Beitzel at
102 Prince St; and Deitch Projects at
76 Grand St.
has a number of interesting boutiques, such as Moss, Helmut Lang, Paul Smith, and Kirna Zabête.
The Drawing Center
exhibits work from emerging
artists and has poetry readings. This is also a prime area for
photography galleries. The most interesting are Janet Borden, David
Nolan, and Staley Wise, all located at 560 Broadway. Afterwards, stop
for Asian noodles at Keeley & Ping,
127 Greene St, between Houston and Prince Streets.
Drop in on
designer boutiques Miu Miu, 100 Prince Street, and Anna Sui, 113 Greene
Street, before proceeding to TriBeCa. Take a stroll along White and Harrison streets to view the historic architecture and stop for a drink at the
Spend the rest of
the afternoon taking in the varied exhibits at the Apex Art Gallery, 291
Church Street, which also hosts free public events. Afterwards make
your way to
for an early evening cocktail, then head to TriBeCa to a leading restaurant, such as Nobu, Bouley, or Chanterelle.
Vodkas from across the world are served in this bar featuring Russian mementos, leather chairs, and a low gold ceiling.
Almost the entire ground floor of the hotel is devoted to this popular bar with plush seats and a dramatic eight-story atrium.
TriBeCa Grand Hotel
An extensive cocktail menu, and an attractive space with lofty ceilings help make this a hotspot.
A place to see and to be seen, this swanky bar draws beautiful people who sup cocktails while enjoying the low-key DJ sets.
classy but cozy and casual spot is likely the oldest bar in the city
(it dates to 1830). Fairly buzzy at night and at lunch, it’s also good
for a respectable cheap meal.
At this cosy multi-level pub you can settle in to enjoy a pint along with tasty Irish snacks.
its sister TriBeCa Grand, the SoHo Grand is a neighborhood nightlife
mecca, comfortable, softly lit, with food if you want it, and filled
with beautiful people.
This trendy SoHo meeting place attracts all manner of sophisticates who dig the mountain lodge decor.
Dark, swanky, sexy, and pricey, but the martinis are mammoth. A good place to bring a date – or find one.
This is a friendly, candle-lit place with no hard liquor, but offers over 120 types of beer and two dozen wine selections.
With outside seating in the spring and summer, rustic, seasonally-inspired food is served here.
355 Greenwich St
212 274 9310
Nobu Matsuhisa’s sublime Japanese/Peruvian fusion fare in a whimsical setting . An outpost, Nobu 57, is also open at
40 West 57th Street (212 757 3000).
105 Hudson St
212 219 0500
Nobu Next Door
The no-reservations policy here means you might get to taste the famous Nobu black cod with miso.
Bouley demonstrates his legendary culinary skills in a vaulted dining
room. Another floor holds a bakery, café and market. Upstairs has an
open kitchen and sushi bar.
Art Nouveau decor and divine French food have made Chanterelle a winner. The tasting menu dinners are expensive but worth it.
seafood is the draw at this popular SoHo restaurant. Save some room for
choices from the raw bar and the chocolate tasting plate.
210 Spring St at 6th Ave
212 274 0505
As close to a Parisian bistro as you’re likely to find in SoHo, Balthazar’s only problem is its popularity. A buzzing scene.
80 Spring St at Broadway
212 965 1414
Another bit of the Left Bank in SoHo, with an updated French menu and a great garden.
Art Deco decor, consistently good French-American food, and a star-studded crowd keeps the vibe right, even after 30 years.
Hampton Chutney Co.
Perfect for an inexpensive snack of dosas: Indian rice crêpes stuffed with creative combinations.