Shopping Paradise, Art Galleries, and Restaurants

SoHo (SOuth of HOuston – pronounced How-ston) is another NYC neighborhood filled with the best shopping and restaurants. Traditionally known as a haven for artists and their lofts, it has become more upscale over the years and a much sought-after place for New Yorkers to live.

SoHo NYC Art and Graffiti

Things to Do

New York Fire Museum (278 Spring & Watts St) – renovated 1904 firehouse, with fire-related artifacts: painted leather buckets, helmets, parade hats and belts, tools, hand pumped fire engines. $5 adult/$1 children (suggested donation)

New York Earth Room (141 Wooster, Houston/Prince) – Free. Many NY-ers consider this a hidden gem. Called an “installation,” or exhibit, 140 tons of sculpted soil (22 inches deep) filling 3600 sq ft of a 2nd floor gallery. No photos allowed. Wed-Sun, 12-6pm (closed 3-3:30pm).  Around the corner is the…

Broken Kilometer (393 W Broadway, same artist). Ask kids to guess how many brass rods they see lying on the floor.

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MOCCA, 594 Bway, Houston/Prince) – Adults $5, kids under 12 free

Choco-Story New York – New in 2017! New York’s first ever chocolate museum by Jacques Torres!

Recommended Restaurants

Balthazar (80 Spring St, Bway/Crosby) – French bistro, great for brunch, lunch, dinner. Authentic French décor and a city hot spot.

Dos Caminos SoHo (W Bway/ W Houston) – Mexican, outdoor patio for people watching and homemade  guacamole and delicious margaritas.

Lure Fishbar (142 Mercer and Prince) – Nouveau seafood. Décor is very well done and you feel like you’re on a yacht or cruise ship at sea.

Raoul’s (180 Prince St) – casual and elegant French, adorable outdoor garden, great date place

Downtown Cipriani (376 W Broadway, Broome St) –  Italian. Go for the scene and atmosphere,  not really for the food.  Great heated outdoor sidewalk for people watching and upstairs, is a hot bar/club that looks like an exclusive ski-resort lounge.

SoHo Park (62 Prince St, Lafayette) – outdoor, casual restaurant/garden perfect for drinking a few beers with old friends and with picnic style tables, great for kids.

S.O.B.’s (Sounds of Brazil, 204 Varick Street at W Houston) –  night spot, club, live music for samba and salsa.

Kenn’s Broome Street Bar (363 W Bway, Broome St )– laid back scene,  closest to a dive bar in SoHo, know for their burgers served on pita bread. 

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There are hundreds of fabulous stores winding the streets of SoHo. For shopaholics, just weave the streets bound by Broadway, Grand, W Bway and W Houston. Those quaint streets have more stores than most cities.

  • Upscale – Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Catharine Malandrino, Coach, Burberry, Kate Spade, Jill Stuart, John Varvatos, Ben Sherman.
  • American Chains – H&M, J. Crew, Banana Republic, American Eagle, Bloomingdales (not the main store), Steve Madden.
  • Apple Store (Prince St.) – famous hip interior and sleek layout.
  • Athletic/Casual – Patagonia, Burton Snowboards, Diesel Denim Gallery
  • House/Home Stores  – Armani Casa, Room and Board, Bo Concept

SoHo and NoLita Chic Boutique Shopping Tour

SoHo and NoLita Chic Boutique Shopping Tour

Shop quaint NoLita and bustling SoHo, NYC’s hottest shopping and celebrity-spotting neighborhoods. Highlights include trendy shopping, the architecture of the Cast Iron Historic District, unique boutiques, neighborhood trivia and celebrity gossip. Tour highlights include: the hidden gems of both SoHo and NoLita, boutiques frequented by celebs, stylists and fashion insiders, NY’s secret trend-launching stores, a one-of-a-kind food shop, and photo opportunities of Cast Iron Architecture.

SoHo and NoLita Chic Boutique Shopping Tour Ticket Options:

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SoHo Hotels

Boutique Hotels SoHo NYC

SoHo Grand Hotel NYC

Luxury, style, class, and a touch of old fashioned New York chic are standard in every guest room at the SoHo Grand Hotel. Perks include free bicycles, wireless internet access, silk bedspreads, private CD libraries, 24 hour room service, business and fitness facilities. Check out the Grand Bar & Lounge (year round), The Yard (May-Sept) with outdoor chaise lounges, cocktails, beautiful trees and foliage.

SoHo Grand Hotel

Mercer Hotel NYC

The Mercer is Soho’s foremost luxury hotel – offering 75 guest rooms on six floors of a landmark Romanesque revival building in one of New Yorks most exclusive neighborhoods. The first hotel to offer an authentic taste of loft living, the Mercer is both home and hotel and offers an extensive list of luxurious guest services.

Mercer Hotel NYC

The James Hotel

The modern and new James Hotel is packed with amenities including their lush Urban Garden, all-glass Sky Lobby and very exclusive rooftop deck and pool with river-to-river Manhattan views, rooftop yoga, free bicycles, a kids program and just about anything else you might want.

The James Hotel New York

Nolitan Hotel SoHo – Complimentary bikes, skateboards and gym membership

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Cheap Budget Hotels SoHo NYC

SoHo 54

The SoHo 54 (formerly the Hampton Inn Soho) offers well appointed and spacious rooms, flat screen TVs, comfy beds, amazing views from some rooms, a gym and garden. The hotel went through some serious upgrades since it was a Hampton Inn, so it’s less budget than it used to be, but a great value for a prime location like SoHo.

SoHo 54 Budget Hotel NYC

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  • C, E to Spring St,
  • B, D, F, V to Broadway-Lafayette,
  • N, R, W (yellow) to Prince
  • 6 to Bleecker
  • General Address: 139 Spring St, NY, NY 10012

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