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22 Places for a Stellar Meal in Soho

From epic French classics and opulent lox platters to one of NYC’s oldest bars and modern Italian fare

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Depending on the time of day, Soho can feel like a chaotic urban shopping mall of sorts, albeit in a beautiful setting, filled with cobblestone streets and sun-drenched loft buildings with massive windows. While reasonably priced, interesting lunch options are still sparse in the area, there’s a respectable range of restaurants with a strong showing of power breakfast and somewhat flashy dinner or expense-account lunch options.

A handful of the city’s best French joints are in Soho (Balthazar, Le Coucou, and Raoul’s), as is one of the city’s oldest continually operating bars, Ear Inn. Plenty of places with robust seafood offerings are here, too, from Lure’s sleek yacht-like den of sushi and raw bar platters to Sadelle’s fancified Jewish appetizing spreads. Ahead, 22 noteworthy dining options in Soho.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2018.

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1. Ear Inn

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326 Spring St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-9060
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On the western fringes of Soho, in an area technically known as Hudson Square, this cozy pub is one of the oldest operating bars in NYC — it turned 200 in 2017. A solid menu of pub grub includes a popular burger, mac and cheese, plus the occasional surprises like confit duck legs or smoked rainbow trout. All sorts of nautical ephemera lines the walls.

Groups of people talk closely in a dive bar with empty liquor bottles and colorful lights Robert Sietsema/Eater

2. Café Altro Paradiso

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234 Spring St
New York, NY 10013
(646) 952-0828
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The Estela team is behind this much airier, larger restaurant, where the focus is Italian cuisine. Chef Ignacio Mattos of Estela applies his subversive style to the all-day menu that includes cacio e pepe, a wagyu burger, and beef carpaccio. Wines selected by Amanda Smeltz stand out. The space, just west of Soho’s boundaries in Hudson Square, is drenched in sunlight and lined with a low, handsome cognac-hued U-shaped leather seating. Tip: Get half-orders of pasta for more variety.

A high-ceilinged dining room with chestnut leather banquettes and big windows Evan Joseph/Cafe Altro Paradiso [Official Photo]

3. King

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18 King St
New York, NY 10014
(917) 825-1618
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Another hit in the so-called Hudson Square area, King opened in fall 2016 as a sleeper hit on the NYC dining scene from London chefs Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer, with Annie Shi running front-of-house. The white tablecloths lend a more formal appearance to the snug, white-on-white space, but King doesn’t have a fusty feel. The menu changes daily and often showcases well-executed vegetable dishes.

A sunny dining room with white tablecloth tables Nick Solares/Eater

4. Blue Ribbon Brasserie

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97 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 274-0404
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This classic Soho spot has been a reliable standby in the area for decades, and is one of the city’s finer late night options — it’s open until 4 a.m. nightly. The very first outpost of the Blue Ribbon mini-empire founded by brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg, Blue Ribbon Brasserie has been serving up classic options like raw bar platters, bone marrow with toasts, and fried chicken since 1992 in a comfortable, simple space that has attracted chefs and celebrities for years.

Roasted bone marrow with toasted bread on a white plate Blue Ribbon/Yelp

5. Charlie Bird

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5 King St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 235-7133
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A perennially popular spot, Charlie Bird serves up lighter pasta creations, like agnolotti with prosciutto and game hen or cavatelli with sausage ragu and saffron. Don’t miss the raw bar selection, with standouts like razor clams with fennel and pickled chiles; among the small plates, the seasonally changing farro is a highlight. Large plates are primarily seafood- and fowl-centric, and the excellent wine selection makes this place a hospitality industry hang. The space is lined with canary yellow booths and framed boombox prints, accompanied by a hip hop soundtrack.

6. Alidoro

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105 Sullivan St # 2
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-5179
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This snug, cash-only Italian sandwich shop is loved for its classic heroes. Since setting up shop over three decades ago, Alidoro has faithfully stuck to cold Italian heroes, offering over 40 combos of tried-and-true ingredients like prosciutto, soppressata, smoked or fresh mozzarella, artichokes, and sundried tomatoes, priced at $10 to $13 per combo. In 2014, the sandwich favorite expanded with a Midtown location, which added breakfast sandwiches, salads, and hot lunchtime heroes to the mix.

7. Shuka

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38 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-7500
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Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja creates flavorful, colorful dishes that meld Tunisian, Moroccan, and Italian influences at this Eastern Mediterranean restaurant. It’s that rare brunch spot with solid food and a fun vibe that also takes reservations; opt for the shakshuka or lamb burger. The space is especially lovely in the daytime, with ample windows in both the front, street-facing room and the greenhouse-like back area. Shuka is part of Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer’s downtown portfolio, which also includes Vic’s, Rosie’s, and Cookshop.

A white table full of salad, spreads, pita, and skewered meat Shuka [Official Photo]

8. Niche Niche

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43 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10011

Niche Niche is an un-stuffy wine tasting, where every evening a different wine expert from restaurants like Eleven Madison Park or Estela showcases four different bottles paired to dishes that change with the night’s drinks. With just 25 seats, diners chat, learn and eat the set menu that runs $40 for drinks and $40 for food. Below, nightlife aficionado Ariel Arce also oversees a basement retro jazz hangout called Special Club where blues, soul and jazz musicians perform as people snack on dishes like crudo and caviar alongside Champagne, cocktails, sake, and wine.

9. Sunrise Mart

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494 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-0033
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This Japanese supermarket is one of the few quick, cheap lunch options for those working in Soho. Grab a few affordable, fresh sushi rolls, like the scallion-filled spicy tuna and roughly chopped spicy salmon, plus sides like marinated shiitake mushrooms and carrots or hijiki (seaweed). There’s also a selection of prepared bento boxes and made-to-order soups and entrees like curry chicken katsu. Matcha-flavored Kit Kats or Pocky sticks make a stellar dessert.

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10. Emmett's

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50 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012
(917) 639-3571
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There aren’t that many places in this pizza-impassioned town to find the contentious, casserole-like Chicago school of pie, and Emmett’s is one of them. Faithfully thick and positively laden with cheese, it’s a solid version of a Chicago pizza, per Eater critic Robert Sietsema. It’s not worth ordering toppings, since the flavors of any add-ons tend to blur. Skip non-pizza options, like burgers or salads, in favor of the massive pies, which, as Sietsema notes, are almost as tasty reheated the next day.

A deep dish pizza topped with pepperoni and basil Emmett’s [Official Photo]

11. The Dutch

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131 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677-6200
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This Andrew Carmellini spot serves vaguely Southern comfort food, filled with plenty of wild cards: Vietnamese coffee pie, kimchi fried rice flanking a hanger steak, and lamb in Jamaican jerk sauce with a roti pancake. Try the excellent fried chicken, served in a stainless-steel wok with honey butter biscuits and coleslaw and available for lunch, brunch, or dinner. There’s also a popular house burger, and an oyster and raw bar selection served in the oyster room, as well as on the main menu. The clubby corner space is done up in dark wood, with a handful of comfy round booths to pile into in the back.

Fried chicken, slaw, and small biscuits served in a metal bowl Robert Sietsema/Eater

12. La Mercerie

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53 Howard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 852-9097
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Chef Marie-Aude Rose serves her stylish take on French fare at this fashiony all-day cafe that lives inside home goods showroom Roman and Williams Guild. Breakfast offers Rose’s stellar pastries like ham-and-cheese or chocolate croissants and warm rice pudding with raspberry jam, while dinner runs to buckwheat crepes stuffed with curry lamb and oysters with seaweed butter. If diners at La Mercerie fancy the earthenware plate they eat orange-flower-water-laced brioche from, or the reindeer pelt throw by the host stand, it’s all available for (a very spendy) purchase.

A selection of pastries, including the ham and cheese crossiant (center) and the torteau fromager (bottom left) Gary He/Eater

13. Raoul's

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180 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-3518
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The big, once-elusive draw at this longtime French bistro is the burger. A dozen patties are available each night at the Soho old-timer, and only at the bar; however, for the past few years, it’s also been available on the weekend brunch menu. It’s comprised of a peppercorn-crusted Pat LaFrieda brisket blend, seared in butter, topped with creamy Saint-Andre cheese, watercress, onions, and cornichons, and served on a challah bun from Amy’s Bread with duck fat fries and cream and cognac sauce on the side. Beyond the burger, opt for bistro classics like escargot, pate, frisee with lardons and a poached egg, or steak tartare.

A burger topped with melted Saint-Andre cheese, watercress, onions, and cornichons Nick Solares/Eater

14. Omen Azen

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113 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-8923
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Omen Azen is a true Soho locals spot that’s somewhat hard to find (look for the little red sign at the base of an apartment building). Inside the warm brick-walled enclave, dinner means specialties from Kyoto, Japan, where the first Omen was born. Seasonal sashimi tasting menus and cold udon noodles in delicate broth with sesame dipping sauce have kept New Yorkers — fashion elite and most famously Patti Smith — coming since 1981. The uni shooter is a must, but the whole sake selection pairs well with spicy tuna tartare or soft-shell crab.

A red signing reading “Omen Japanese Cuisine” set against a city backdrop Omen Azen [Official Photo]

15. Coco Pazzo

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160 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(917) 261-6318
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Coco Pazzo 2.0 is feisty owner Pino Luongo’s first spot since his fall from grace in the early aughts. Before that, he had a mini empire of places that helped define New York–Italian cuisine. Here, during the day, the solid trattoria embraces fast-casual, with focaccia sandwiches, Tuscan stew, and salads under $14. Evenings look a little more like the original Upper East Side trattoria, with reliably hearty pasta plates. Try stuffed grilled sardines and roasted pork baby back ribs with cucumber and tomato salad.

A bald bartender stands behind the bar in the back of a dining room full of people Coco Pazzo [Official]

16. Sadelle's

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463 W Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 776-4926
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Sunday bagels, lox, and schmear get theatrically updated at Major Food Group’s very expensive take on a (very much not kosher) Jewish appetizing joint. Seed-crusted bagels are stacked tall on wooden batons for the various, dramatically plated spreads of salmon, sable, sturgeon, and whitefish salad. There’s an entire caviar section, available with scrambled eggs, latkes, lobster benedict, or as a supplement to any dish. Other options include sticky buns or egg scrambles and sandwiches incorporating smoked salmon and salami.

A tower with smoked salmon next to a tower of bagels
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17. Le Coucou

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138 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 271-4252
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This unabashedly luxurious French spot, in a massive, chandelier-filled space within the posh 11 Howard Hotel, serves all sorts of old-school French classics in digs that feel decidedly sexy, not stuffy. Restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Daniel Rose, the latter of whom came from Paris’ acclaimed Spring, serve up starters that include beef cheek and foie gras terrine, poached skate, and pike quenelle, followed by entrees such as sole Veronique and an entire rabbit. Don’t skip dessert.

A large dining room with white tableclothed tables, floor-to-ceiling windows, and chandeliers Nick Solares/Eater

18. Le Botaniste

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127 Grand St
New York, NY 10013
(646) 870-7770
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This Belgian-born vegan cafe and organic wine bar comes courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien’s founder, Alain Coumont. It’s surprisingly flavorful vegan fare, with tangy, ultra-colorful dressings and sauces packing a punch. Try seaweed tartare, coconut meat ceviche, and red beet caviar, served in appetizer portions or as larger combo bowls, plus entree options like a curry bowl and a vegan take on pasta bolognese. The first stateside location opened in 2016 on the LES, and a Soho outpost followed in 2017. Both spaces are done up like 19th century apothecaries, with bottles and glass jars of grains and spices lining the dark wood-covered walls, to drive home the whole “plants-as-prescriptions” concept.

19. Lure Fishbar

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142 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 431-7676
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The always-sceney seafood restaurant from executive chef and partner Josh Capone and partners John McDonald and Josh Pickard feels like a sleek yacht. The space is filled with big leather booths, striking white detailing, and glossy wood, with porthole-like windows peeking out to the street from the subterranean space. The sushi is solid — though quite pricey — with crowd-pleasers like crispy sushi rice topped with ingredients like uni and jalapeño. The seafood-dominated menu also offers classics like various shellfish plateaux options, crab cakes, crispy calamari, a grilled tuna burger, and lobster rolls. Befitting the glamorous seaside vibe, there’s now a South Beach, Miami outpost as well.

A wood-paneled dining room Nick Solares/Eater

20. Balthazar

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80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
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This 22-year-old Keith McNally spot is an NYC institution that reimagined what a French brasserie could look, feel, and taste like stateside. Largely influential on the city’s dining landscape throughout its two decades, Balthazar serves up a great meal at all hours, in a big, lively space, lined with massive distressed mirrors, dark wood, and red banquettes. From splurge-y breakfasts (the croissants are, indeed, excellent) to expense-account or special-occasion dinners, for which the Balthazar plateaux or steak frites are highlights, it’s a New York restaurant icon for a good reason.

Balthazar’s grand dining room with a mirror in the back and gold lighting Nick Solares/Eater

21. Osteria Morini

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218 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-8777
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Taking on the cuisine of Emilia Romagna, pasta house Osteria Morini is part of the Michael White empire. There are familiar classics, like the tagliatelle with bolognese sauce, as well as the less-expected seafood variation, with ruffly squid ink-stained torcia noodles doused in a sepia and shrimp ragu. The seafood salad, tossed with olives, capers and celery, makes for a tangy, lighter antidote to the richer dishes. The homey space with a farmhouse ambiance that works well for plenty of set-ups, from an intimate two-top to a group birthday situation.

22. Jack's Wife Freda

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224 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 510-8550
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Expect a reliably tasty menu of Israeli and African fare in a cramped-but-cute white-tiled space at the original location of Jack’s Wife Freda. There will be quite a long wait for brunch, when it’s filled with groups tucking into (and Instagramming) bowls of shakshuka and avocado-flanked egg dishes. At dinner, options include chicken schnitzel, bloody mary-flavored mussels, and matzo ball soup, with a range of simple sandwiches and shareable vegetarian choices like grilled halloumi cheese or roasted cauliflower.

A spread of dishes including green shakshuka, fruit-topped waffle, salad with halloumi cheese, and fries Jack’s Wife Freda [Official Photo]

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1. Ear Inn

326 Spring St, New York, NY 10013
Groups of people talk closely in a dive bar with empty liquor bottles and colorful lights Robert Sietsema/Eater

On the western fringes of Soho, in an area technically known as Hudson Square, this cozy pub is one of the oldest operating bars in NYC — it turned 200 in 2017. A solid menu of pub grub includes a popular burger, mac and cheese, plus the occasional surprises like confit duck legs or smoked rainbow trout. All sorts of nautical ephemera lines the walls.

326 Spring St
New York, NY 10013

2. Café Altro Paradiso

234 Spring St, New York, NY 10013
A high-ceilinged dining room with chestnut leather banquettes and big windows Evan Joseph/Cafe Altro Paradiso [Official Photo]

The Estela team is behind this much airier, larger restaurant, where the focus is Italian cuisine. Chef Ignacio Mattos of Estela applies his subversive style to the all-day menu that includes cacio e pepe, a wagyu burger, and beef carpaccio. Wines selected by Amanda Smeltz stand out. The space, just west of Soho’s boundaries in Hudson Square, is drenched in sunlight and lined with a low, handsome cognac-hued U-shaped leather seating. Tip: Get half-orders of pasta for more variety.

234 Spring St
New York, NY 10013

3. King

18 King St, New York, NY 10014
A sunny dining room with white tablecloth tables Nick Solares/Eater

Another hit in the so-called Hudson Square area, King opened in fall 2016 as a sleeper hit on the NYC dining scene from London chefs Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer, with Annie Shi running front-of-house. The white tablecloths lend a more formal appearance to the snug, white-on-white space, but King doesn’t have a fusty feel. The menu changes daily and often showcases well-executed vegetable dishes.

18 King St
New York, NY 10014

4. Blue Ribbon Brasserie

97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
Roasted bone marrow with toasted bread on a white plate Blue Ribbon/Yelp

This classic Soho spot has been a reliable standby in the area for decades, and is one of the city’s finer late night options — it’s open until 4 a.m. nightly. The very first outpost of the Blue Ribbon mini-empire founded by brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg, Blue Ribbon Brasserie has been serving up classic options like raw bar platters, bone marrow with toasts, and fried chicken since 1992 in a comfortable, simple space that has attracted chefs and celebrities for years.

97 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

5. Charlie Bird

5 King St, New York, NY 10012

A perennially popular spot, Charlie Bird serves up lighter pasta creations, like agnolotti with prosciutto and game hen or cavatelli with sausage ragu and saffron. Don’t miss the raw bar selection, with standouts like razor clams with fennel and pickled chiles; among the small plates, the seasonally changing farro is a highlight. Large plates are primarily seafood- and fowl-centric, and the excellent wine selection makes this place a hospitality industry hang. The space is lined with canary yellow booths and framed boombox prints, accompanied by a hip hop soundtrack.

5 King St
New York, NY 10012

6. Alidoro

105 Sullivan St # 2, New York, NY 10012

This snug, cash-only Italian sandwich shop is loved for its classic heroes. Since setting up shop over three decades ago, Alidoro has faithfully stuck to cold Italian heroes, offering over 40 combos of tried-and-true ingredients like prosciutto, soppressata, smoked or fresh mozzarella, artichokes, and sundried tomatoes, priced at $10 to $13 per combo. In 2014, the sandwich favorite expanded with a Midtown location, which added breakfast sandwiches, salads, and hot lunchtime heroes to the mix.

105 Sullivan St # 2
New York, NY 10012

7. Shuka

38 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
A white table full of salad, spreads, pita, and skewered meat Shuka [Official Photo]

Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja creates flavorful, colorful dishes that meld Tunisian, Moroccan, and Italian influences at this Eastern Mediterranean restaurant. It’s that rare brunch spot with solid food and a fun vibe that also takes reservations; opt for the shakshuka or lamb burger. The space is especially lovely in the daytime, with ample windows in both the front, street-facing room and the greenhouse-like back area. Shuka is part of Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer’s downtown portfolio, which also includes Vic’s, Rosie’s, and Cookshop.

38 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012

8. Niche Niche

43 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10011

Niche Niche is an un-stuffy wine tasting, where every evening a different wine expert from restaurants like Eleven Madison Park or Estela showcases four different bottles paired to dishes that change with the night’s drinks. With just 25 seats, diners chat, learn and eat the set menu that runs $40 for drinks and $40 for food. Below, nightlife aficionado Ariel Arce also oversees a basement retro jazz hangout called Special Club where blues, soul and jazz musicians perform as people snack on dishes like crudo and caviar alongside Champagne, cocktails, sake, and wine.

43 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10011

9. Sunrise Mart

494 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

This Japanese supermarket is one of the few quick, cheap lunch options for those working in Soho. Grab a few affordable, fresh sushi rolls, like the scallion-filled spicy tuna and roughly chopped spicy salmon, plus sides like marinated shiitake mushrooms and carrots or hijiki (seaweed). There’s also a selection of prepared bento boxes and made-to-order soups and entrees like curry chicken katsu. Matcha-flavored Kit Kats or Pocky sticks make a stellar dessert.

494 Broome St
New York, NY 10013

10. Emmett's

50 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
A deep dish pizza topped with pepperoni and basil Emmett’s [Official Photo]

There aren’t that many places in this pizza-impassioned town to find the contentious, casserole-like Chicago school of pie, and Emmett’s is one of them. Faithfully thick and positively laden with cheese, it’s a solid version of a Chicago pizza, per Eater critic Robert Sietsema. It’s not worth ordering toppings, since the flavors of any add-ons tend to blur. Skip non-pizza options, like burgers or salads, in favor of the massive pies, which, as Sietsema notes, are almost as tasty reheated the next day.

50 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012

11. The Dutch

131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
Fried chicken, slaw, and small biscuits served in a metal bowl Robert Sietsema/Eater

This Andrew Carmellini spot serves vaguely Southern comfort food, filled with plenty of wild cards: Vietnamese coffee pie, kimchi fried rice flanking a hanger steak, and lamb in Jamaican jerk sauce with a roti pancake. Try the excellent fried chicken, served in a stainless-steel wok with honey butter biscuits and coleslaw and available for lunch, brunch, or dinner. There’s also a popular house burger, and an oyster and raw bar selection served in the oyster room, as well as on the main menu. The clubby corner space is done up in dark wood, with a handful of comfy round booths to pile into in the back.

131 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

12. La Mercerie

53 Howard St, New York, NY 10013
Read Review |
A selection of pastries, including the ham and cheese crossiant (center) and the torteau fromager (bottom left) Gary He/Eater

Chef Marie-Aude Rose serves her stylish take on French fare at this fashiony all-day cafe that lives inside home goods showroom Roman and Williams Guild. Breakfast offers Rose’s stellar pastries like ham-and-cheese or chocolate croissants and warm rice pudding with raspberry jam, while dinner runs to buckwheat crepes stuffed with curry lamb and oysters with seaweed butter. If diners at La Mercerie fancy the earthenware plate they eat orange-flower-water-laced brioche from, or the reindeer pelt throw by the host stand, it’s all available for (a very spendy) purchase.

53 Howard St
New York, NY 10013

13. Raoul's

180 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
A burger topped with melted Saint-Andre cheese, watercress, onions, and cornichons Nick Solares/Eater

The big, once-elusive draw at this longtime French bistro is the burger. A dozen patties are available each night at the Soho old-timer, and only at the bar; however, for the past few years, it’s also been available on the weekend brunch menu. It’s comprised of a peppercorn-crusted Pat LaFrieda brisket blend, seared in butter, topped with creamy Saint-Andre cheese, watercress, onions, and cornichons, and served on a challah bun from Amy’s Bread with duck fat fries and cream and cognac sauce on the side. Beyond the burger, opt for bistro classics like escargot, pate, frisee with lardons and a poached egg, or steak tartare.

180 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

14. Omen Azen

113 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
A red signing reading “Omen Japanese Cuisine” set against a city backdrop Omen Azen [Official Photo]

Omen Azen is a true Soho locals spot that’s somewhat hard to find (look for the little red sign at the base of an apartment building). Inside the warm brick-walled enclave, dinner means specialties from Kyoto, Japan, where the first Omen was born. Seasonal sashimi tasting menus and cold udon noodles in delicate broth with sesame dipping sauce have kept New Yorkers — fashion elite and most famously Patti Smith — coming since 1981. The uni shooter is a must, but the whole sake selection pairs well with spicy tuna tartare or soft-shell crab.

113 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012

15. Coco Pazzo

160 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
A bald bartender stands behind the bar in the back of a dining room full of people Coco Pazzo [Official]

Coco Pazzo 2.0 is feisty owner Pino Luongo’s first spot since his fall from grace in the early aughts. Before that, he had a mini empire of places that helped define New York–Italian cuisine. Here, during the day, the solid trattoria embraces fast-casual, with focaccia sandwiches, Tuscan stew, and salads under $14. Evenings look a little more like the original Upper East Side trattoria, with reliably hearty pasta plates. Try stuffed grilled sardines and roasted pork baby back ribs with cucumber and tomato salad.

160 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

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16. Sadelle's

463 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012
A tower with smoked salmon next to a tower of bagels
Sadelle’s Fish Tower
Nick Solares/Eater

Sunday bagels, lox, and schmear get theatrically updated at Major Food Group’s very expensive take on a (very much not kosher) Jewish appetizing joint. Seed-crusted bagels are stacked tall on wooden batons for the various, dramatically plated spreads of salmon, sable, sturgeon, and whitefish salad. There’s an entire caviar section, available with scrambled eggs, latkes, lobster benedict, or as a supplement to any dish. Other options include sticky buns or egg scrambles and sandwiches incorporating smoked salmon and salami.

463 W Broadway
New York, NY 10012

17. Le Coucou

138 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013
A large dining room with white tableclothed tables, floor-to-ceiling windows, and chandeliers Nick Solares/Eater

This unabashedly luxurious French spot, in a massive, chandelier-filled space within the posh 11 Howard Hotel, serves all sorts of old-school French classics in digs that feel decidedly sexy, not stuffy. Restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Daniel Rose, the latter of whom came from Paris’ acclaimed Spring, serve up starters that include beef cheek and foie gras terrine, poached skate, and pike quenelle, followed by entrees such as sole Veronique and an entire rabbit. Don’t skip dessert.

138 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10013

18. Le Botaniste

127 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

This Belgian-born vegan cafe and organic wine bar comes courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien’s founder, Alain Coumont. It’s surprisingly flavorful vegan fare, with tangy, ultra-colorful dressings and sauces packing a punch. Try seaweed tartare, coconut meat ceviche, and red beet caviar, served in appetizer portions or as larger combo bowls, plus entree options like a curry bowl and a vegan take on pasta bolognese. The first stateside location opened in 2016 on the LES, and a Soho outpost followed in 2017. Both spaces are done up like 19th century apothecaries, with bottles and glass jars of grains and spices lining the dark wood-covered walls, to drive home the whole “plants-as-prescriptions” concept.

127 Grand St
New York, NY 10013

19. Lure Fishbar

142 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012
A wood-paneled dining room Nick Solares/Eater

The always-sceney seafood restaurant from executive chef and partner Josh Capone and partners John McDonald and Josh Pickard feels like a sleek yacht. The space is filled with big leather booths, striking white detailing, and glossy wood, with porthole-like windows peeking out to the street from the subterranean space. The sushi is solid — though quite pricey — with crowd-pleasers like crispy sushi rice topped with ingredients like uni and jalapeño. The seafood-dominated menu also offers classics like various shellfish plateaux options, crab cakes, crispy calamari, a grilled tuna burger, and lobster rolls. Befitting the glamorous seaside vibe, there’s now a South Beach, Miami outpost as well.

142 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

20. Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Balthazar’s grand dining room with a mirror in the back and gold lighting Nick Solares/Eater

This 22-year-old Keith McNally spot is an NYC institution that reimagined what a French brasserie could look, feel, and taste like stateside. Largely influential on the city’s dining landscape throughout its two decades, Balthazar serves up a great meal at all hours, in a big, lively space, lined with massive distressed mirrors, dark wood, and red banquettes. From splurge-y breakfasts (the croissants are, indeed, excellent) to expense-account or special-occasion dinners, for which the Balthazar plateaux or steak frites are highlights, it’s a New York restaurant icon for a good reason.

80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

21. Osteria Morini

218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Taking on the cuisine of Emilia Romagna, pasta house Osteria Morini is part of the Michael White empire. There are familiar classics, like the tagliatelle with bolognese sauce, as well as the less-expected seafood variation, with ruffly squid ink-stained torcia noodles doused in a sepia and shrimp ragu. The seafood salad, tossed with olives, capers and celery, makes for a tangy, lighter antidote to the richer dishes. The homey space with a farmhouse ambiance that works well for plenty of set-ups, from an intimate two-top to a group birthday situation.

218 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

22. Jack's Wife Freda

224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
A spread of dishes including green shakshuka, fruit-topped waffle, salad with halloumi cheese, and fries Jack’s Wife Freda [Official Photo]

Expect a reliably tasty menu of Israeli and African fare in a cramped-but-cute white-tiled space at the original location of Jack’s Wife Freda. There will be quite a long wait for brunch, when it’s filled with groups tucking into (and Instagramming) bowls of shakshuka and avocado-flanked egg dishes. At dinner, options include chicken schnitzel, bloody mary-flavored mussels, and matzo ball soup, with a range of simple sandwiches and shareable vegetarian choices like grilled halloumi cheese or roasted cauliflower.

224 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

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