SoHo Dining Crawl: 10 Hot Spots to VisitBy Kelly Dobkin
March 4, 2014
SoHo has been particularly active in the trendy new openings department of late - from a French bistro pop-up to Chicago-style pizza. Check out our interactive map below.
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Navy: A spanking new spot from Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein (Smith & Mills) and Top Chef alum Camille Becerra; expect a seafood- and veggie-focused menu in a 1940s maritime-inspired space.
Chez Jef: Mathieu Palombino has shuttered Bowery Diner and replaced it with a budget-minded pop-up called Chef Jef that will fill in until the restaurant reopens this summer. Look for classic French bistro fare with a killer three-course deal for just $35.
Chicane: This taste of the French Riviera in SoHo offers coastal fare, a large wine menu and cocktails inspired by the region. Named for an obstacle in a driving course, the interior honors its racing heritage with a black and white striped bar.
Ariana: Ok so it's technically "NoHo" as it's on the north side of the street, but close enough. This upscale Russian-inspired restaurant is the first U.S. venture for its owner, Ariana (a Russian pop singer, no last name) and her husband, and banks on a formula of pricey Russian-inspired dishes that have both French and American influences.
Antonioni's: While technically this is the LES, it's on the fringes of SoHo, and therefore, still in consideration. This new Italian spot from the Cafe Gitane folks suits servers in white jackets and offers a menu of updated Italian comfort-food classics.
Emmett's: Chicago-style pizza hits the Big Apple as ex finance guy and Chitown expat Emmett Burke brings his native pies to the streets of SoHo. The tiny space offers up a simple menu of mostly pizza and salad as well as a beer and wine list.
The Cleveland: This Nolita spot recently appointed ex Roberta's chef Max Sussman, who has created a New American menu with touches of Mediterranean and Jewish influences. Added bonus: a gorgeous back garden from the former Le Jardin space awaits alfresco diners this Spring.
Hirohisa: Chef Hirohisa Hayashi opened this subdued eatery in SoHo last year, and while he hasn't received as much buzz as some of his countrymen (hello, Nakazawa), the small eatery's Kappo-style dining has gained critical accolades. You'll experience more than raw fish as the chef showcases the cuisine of the Echizen region of the country.
Charlie Bird: This trendy West SoHo eatery from the former private chef of Jay-Z and Beyonce and the former sommelier of Cru continues to be a hot spot for its Italian-inflected American fare and deep wine list.