coolstuff.nyc neighborhood guide

SoHo & Nolita, Manhattan


August 26, 2022

It’s been a minute since our last neighborhood guide, but we’ve been hard at work 4 u. Here it is: our oft-requested, long-awaited guide to SOHO & NOLITA. Filled with fashion labels, and fashionable cafés, these neighborhoods are also home to some of our favorite spots in the city. ︎




Eat


Vesuvio Bakery

For: a classic, and photo-worthy, Italian bakery in the heart of Soho.



Ruby’s

For: one of our favorite burgers & the best brussels sprouts ever.




Thai Diner

For: a cozy Thai food diner with the best egg sandwich in the neighborhood.

Cafe Altro Paradiso

For: a bright & airy space filled with the best arancini and pasta dishes.


Café Gitane

For: a no frills French/Morrocan cafe perfect for sidewalk people watching.




Lovely Day

For: a classic and underrated Nolita spot with delish Thai & Japanese dishes served in a cozy red booth space, or along the sidewalk when the weather is nice. Ca$h & Amex Only


Balthazar

For: the best of the best steak frites & classic old school New York. Try as hard as you can to make your meal last at least 3 hours while you look for celebrities.


Banh Mi Saigon

For: everyone’s favorite & freshest Bahn Mi sammie. Our order: the #1 (BBQ Pork!)





Fanelli Cafe

For: classic American fare with red checkered tablecloths and surprisingly amazing spaghetti & meatballs. The best place to sip a martini in Soho, espcially if you’d like to brush shoulders with editors and stylists from the strongholds of print.

Sip


Café Integral

For: delicious Nicaraguan coffees roasted by Café Integral themselves!

Spring Lounge

For: the neighborhood dive -- it’s been around since opening illegally in the 20’s, and yes, it’s that place with the stuffed sharks everywhere. Get a beer and a shot.


Wine Therapy

For: an accessible and extensive collection of natural wine in a newly expanded space!


Shop


Still Here New York

For: creative, colorful, and customized jeans! We love their hand painted embellishments, perfect 4 autumn.



Clare V.

For: the most fun bags & women’s clothing with a French Twist by LA-based designer Clare Vivier.


MoMA Design Store

For: well designed objects and gifts. If you’re a member of the MoMA you get a lil discount on everything in the shop ;–)


Abbode

For: gifts, especially for you & your bestie! Keep an eye out for their frequent and fantastic in-store events.


Love Adorned

For: jewelry & dried fleurs! Their collection can cover gifts for lots of different archetypes in your life: Art-school grads, Hamptons moms, that friend who went to Europe this Summer and posted a few too many Instagram stories…



Iconic Magazines

For: One of the city’s best selection of independent and art mags! There are two locations in Nolita -- one on Mulberry and one on Bowery.

See


Elizabeth Street Garden

For: a green garden haven in the middle of Nolita. If you want to help ensure that Elizabeth Street Garden remains a part of the neighborhood, you can donate here.

 
 


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