Best Restaurants in SoHo

Local love
October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in SoHo. 

Sandwich · SoHo · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

“Fresh, crispy” bread plus “so many choices” of “high-quality” meats and cheeses add up to “heavenly” , “humongous” panini at these “primo” Italian sandwich shops; just brace for “long lines” at lunchtime, “grumpy” counter service and a cash-only policy, not to mention limited seating ( “take it to go and enjoy” ).
American · SoHo · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

A “mainstay” for “consistently excellent” seafood, this SoHo “institution” offers “perfectly cooked” fish and “super-fresh” oysters, plus a “fabulous” brunch; if the “low-key” dining room is “showing its age” , service remains “seamless” and the seasonal patio is a “delight.”
Osteria Morini Manhattan
Italian · SoHo · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

The “fabulous pasta” is a “real draw” at Michael White’s “low-key” SoHo Italian where the rest of the Emilia-Romagna menu is “spot-on” too; “space is tight” in the “rustic” room, but “consistency” from the kitchen means it’s still a “winner.”
Dominique Ansel Bakery
Bakery · SoHo · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.6

Pastry chef “extraordinaire” Dominique Ansel and his “cult-status” Cronuts draw “crazy morning lines” to this SoHo “fantasy land of desserts” where you’ll also find other “transcendent innovations” plus “exceptional” French classics too; the counter crew can be “slow” and the “small” space gets “super-packed” , but if you head to the back garden, “it's like leaving the city.”
Blue Ribbon Sushi
Sushi · SoHo · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“First-class” fish in “creative and classic” combos makes for “dazzling” sushi at these Japanese “go-tos” by the brothers Bromberg; you’ll also find brasserie favorites (like “surprisingly good fried chicken” ) at some locales, and while the SoHo original is more “minimalist” than the rest (minus the Hudson Eats counter), all will cost you a “chunk of change.”
French · SoHo · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

“One of the last outposts of bohemian SoHo” , this circa-1975 bistro remains “jam-packed” with “seen-it-all” locals and other lovers of “just perfect” “old-style French” fare served by “pros” in “cozy, dim” digs; yes, it’s “cramped” and “not quiet” , but that’s all part of the “charm” – it’s a NY “institution” that “should be landmarked.”
Aurora Soho
Italian · SoHo · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

Whether for a “romantic” evening or meal “with your pals” , these “fairly priced” Italians do the trick, supplying “well-executed” fare in “cozy” digs that “bring out the charm of Tuscany” ; the “cheerful vibes” get an extra lift from a “beautiful” garden area at the Williamsburg original.
David Burke Kitchen
American · SoHo · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

“Fit for foodies” , this “farm-to-fork” option from David Burke matches “inventive” New Americana with “on-point” service and a “semi-subterranean” setting in SoHo's James Hotel; the “charming” rooftop bar, Garden, adds an extra dimension to the “inviting” package.