Do you have a list of too many things to do and see but not a lot of time in NYC? Let’s cover Soho in one day! Soho literally means the area south of Houston, yes there’s a Noho too. This is my favourite area in NYC, I definitely suggest finding a hotel or Airbnb in this area and explore the sights, each road has a different little cafe or adventure. Forget times square, it’s a tourist trap.
Below is an outline of a perfect day spent eating and hanging out in and around Soho. If you want know more about the suggestions and addresses check out the links below.
Start your afternoon off with a classic bang and head straight to Russ and Daughters. Either to their flagship location which is essentially a deli counter, or their newest addition 3 blocks over which is a sit down only restaurant with a similar flair. At both you’ll be able to sample the Iconic New York bagel and lox and several variations of the two. Feel like splurging? Check out their extensive caviar section. If you got takeout, head to the nearest bench for some excellent people watching, the daily lives of New Yorkers are fascinating.
When you’re ready, walk yourself down to the tenement museum 2 blocks or so and sign yourself up for one of their amazing tours taking you back in history. My favourite was the food one. We started with a tour of the old tenements, learned about early immigrants to America then did a several block walking tour around the neighbourhood and discovered who brought the most iconic foods to New York including pickles, the famous pretzels and your new favourite: bagels. These tours sell out quickly so plan ahead and book online.
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite from doing a couple of laps around the block, head up to Katz’s deli up on E Houston. This is the famous deli featured in When Harry met Sally. When you arrive you’ll be given a ticket, don’t lose it! Head to the outskirts for table service or do what the pros do and saddle up to the counter, slap a one in the tip jar, get yourself a slice of meat to taste and order your lunch. Make sure you get pickles! FYI portion sizes are BIG!
Now that you’re fully in the New Yorker mood, this is a good time to wander and window shop, Soho is famous for it so head down Houston until your heart is content. If you feel like a little indie New York film date check out Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Need a sweet treat? Check out Big Gay Ice Cream for a salty pimp.
In love yet? I thought so.
For dinner head a little out of SOHO and check out one of my faves, The Spotted Pig. A Mario Batali part owned restaurant good for an intimate but not cliche date night, think pig paraphernalia everywhere and oysters. Or if you’d like something a bit more worldly check out Ippudo for a lively atmosphere and delicious Japanese ramen. For both, I would suggest reservations or go really early or really late.
Not done yet? Head for some Sapporos and karaoke on Orchard street to end the night. Sing some Celine and Cher for me!
Locations & websites:
Russ and daughters 179 E Houston St, New York
Russ and daughters cafe 127 Orchard St, New York
Tenament museum 103 Orchard St, New York
Katz’s deli 205 E Houston St, New York
Big Gay Ice Cream 125 East 7th Street (between 1st Avenue & Avenue A), New York
Landmark sunshine cinema 143 E Houston street (between 1st and 2nd ave), New York
The Spotted Pig 314 W 11th St, New York
Ippudo 65 Fourth Avenue (Between 9th and 10th Street), New York
Boho Karaoke 152 Orchard St, New York
Make sure you comment below with your Soho faves!