SoHo is a famous neighborhood of New York City with fabulous shopping, gorgeous lofts, and trendy restaurants and bars. After restoring the vacant warehouses and buildings into beautiful apartments and lofts in the mid-1900’s, the area soon became one of the most desirable places to live. The name SoHo comes from it’s location South of Houston Street, and the neighborhood stretches from Houston down to Canal Street, and from Lafayette west to Broadway. SoHo offers every type of living arrangement, including spacious lofts, luxury apartments, and brownstones and townhouses. Also famous for its excellent shopping and fabulous restaurants, SoHo is home to stores of many top designers, including Chanel, Donna Karen, and Ralph Lauren, as well as the SoHo Bloomingdale’s and Barney’s. Cultural attractions are also abound, with many art galleries and museums. And with a diverse population of artists, young professionals, and families alike, you’re guaranteed to find your ideal home in the neighborhood.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE LIVING THERE:
With a range of restaurants, from ethnic favorites to extremely upscale locales, the dining experience in SoHo is sure to leave you satisfied. For fabulous seafood, try Aquagrill (210 Spring Street), while Kittichai (60 Thompson Street) is known for its refined Thai food. For a unique, yet delicious Japanese experience, check out Omen (113 Thompson Street), and if you’re a chocolate lover, Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven (350 Hudson Street) is a must-see.
The Guggenheim SoHo, the Children’s Museum of the Arts, and the Merchants House Museum are all celebrated museums in the neighborhood. The well known Angelika Film Center on Houston Street offers many indie and award-winning movies, and a multitude of art galleries are scattered throughout the neighborhood. Washington Square Park is the famous green space in the neighborhood, with a beautiful fountain and a much needed break from the surrounding city, while Vesuvio Playground on 87-101 Thompson Street is a popular place for children to play.
While SoHo is located in downtown Manhattan, travelling around the rest of the city is extremely easy. Canal Street is a major transportation hub, with the 6, N, Q, R, W, A, C, and E trains stopping there. The 6, R, W, C, and E trains also stop at Spring Street, while the B, D, F, and V stop at Broadway-Lafayette, and the 1 stops at Houston. The Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridge connect to the eastern edge of the neighborhood, giving easy access out of the city.
The Ross Charter School is located in SoHo, as are the Chelsea Vocational High School, and the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral School. The closest public schools are P.S. 130, P.S. 150, and J.H.S. 104.
At night, SoHo transforms from a busy shopping district into an exciting nightlife area. For a fun night out dancing with friends, check out The Anchor (310 Spring Street), and for great karaoke, BINY (8 Thompson Street) is the SoHo favorite. Fanelli’s Café (94 Prince Street) is a neighborhood staple for a good pub, and MercBar (151 Mercer Street) is a new and trendy lounge.
SoHo is famous for its excellent shopping options, with upscale boutiques and shops lining all of the side streets, as well as famous designers along Broadway, including Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabana, and Matthew Williamson. There is also a Bloomingdale’s and a Barney’s in the neighborhood.
Other restaurants in SoHo:
- Bistro Les Amis (180 Spring Street)- $$- French
- Blue Ribbon Sushi (119 Sullivan Street)- $- Japanese
- Blue Ribbon Braserie (97 Sullivan Street) - American
- Café Habana (17 Prince Street)- $- Cuban
- Boqueria (171 Spring Street)- $$- Spanish, Tapas
- Georgione (307 Spring Street)- $$- Italian, Pizza
- Jane Restaurant (100 W. Houston Street)- $$$- American
- L’Orange Bleue (430 Broome Street)- $$- African
- The Mercer Kitchen (99 Prince Street)- $$$- American, French
- Mooncake Foods (28 Watts Street)- $- Asian
- Papatzul (55 Grand Street)- $$- Mexican
- Salt (58 MacDougal Street)- $$$- American
- Jean Claude (137 Sullivan Street) - French
- Snack (105 Thompson Street) - Greek
- Raoul's (180 Prince Street) - French
- Cafe Habana (17 Prince Street) - Cuban
- Grand Daisy Bakery (73 Sullivan Street)
- Birdbath Bakery (160 Prince Street)
- Alidoro (105 Sullivan Street)
Other bars in SoHo:
- Ñ (33 Crosby Street)- Tapas Bar
- A60 Rooftop Bar (60 Thompson Street)- Rooftop Bar
- Antarctica (287 Hudson Street)- Pool Bar
- City Winery (155 Varick Street)- Wine Bar
- The Jazz Gallery (290 Hudson Street)- Jazz Bar
- Pegu Club (77 W. Houston Street, 2nd Floor)- Nightclub
- Sway (305 Spring Street)- Lounge
- Equinox (568 Broadway)
- New York Sports Club (NYSC) (225 Varick Street)
- 24 Hour Fitness- Derek Jeter (136 Crosby Street, 4th Floor)
- Village Tailor & Cleaners (125 Sullivan Street)
- Soho Dry Cleaning (529 Broome Street)
- Spring Cleaners (107 Sullivan Street)
- King Cleaner (220 Ave of the Americas)
- West Lake Laundromat (149 Sullivan Street)
- Spring Street Wine Shop (187 Spring Street)
- SoHo Wines & Spirits (461 W. Broadway)
- Sovereign Brands (81 Greene Street)
- Dean & DeLuca (560 Broadway)
- Gourmet Garage (453 Broome Street)