Lauren, our resident foodie here at Urban Edge, takes time away from trying different restaurants to go shopping in New York. Specifically, her focus this week is on SoHo.
“One of my favorite things about New York City is the shopping. It’s so wonderful (especially when the weather is agreeable) to be able to eat and shop at a wide variety of places while not being confined to an indoor mall. Although Soho gets ridiculously crowded on weekends, it is certainly one of the most exciting Manhattan neighborhoods to spend an afternoon in.”
Lauren’s Top 5 SoHo Stores
- Topshop: (478 Broadway & Broom) The Soho Topshop store is the British retailer’s first flagship store outside the UK. The impressive 60,000 square foot space is filled with basics as well as trendy pieces, celebrity-designed collections (such as Kate Moss for Topshop), shoes, jewelry and other accessories. The store also has a large maternity section.
- Uniqlo: (546 Broadway) This is the only Uniqlo store in the US, so it’s not surprising that it’s often brimming with tourists as well as locals. The Japanese brand offers very affordable basics where quality is not compromised. There is a large selection of pants for under $70 and tops for under $50 (at regular prices)!
- Madewell: (486 Broadway) The only Madewell store in New York City. The brand is a part of the J. Crew Group, although it is less preppy, slightly less expensive, and more known for its denim collection than J. Crew.
- Intermix: (98 Prince Street) Intermix has notoriously snobby salespeople, but that can be overlooked. The chain store carries a number of high-end brands including Diane Von Furstenberg, Elizabeth & James, and Helmut Lang. A truly beautiful mix of clothes, but be ready to fork over some serious cash!
- Dash: (119 Prince Street) A high-end boutique owned by the Kardashian sisters. Brands include Alice & Olivia, Whitney Eve, and 6126 by Lindsay Lohan. The sales associates aren’t the friendliest, but a visit to the store may earn you a glimpse of Kim Kardashian!
OK, this is Lauren we’re talking about, so she couldn’t stay away from the restaurants in SoHo.
Lauren’s Top 5 SoHo Restaurants
- Cafe Habana: (229 Elizabeth Street) Cafe Habana has an amazing $1.95 Mexican style corn covered in cheese, chili powder and lime. And yes, it really is only $1.95.
- Delicatessen: (54 Prince Street) Delicatessen has strong and delicious cocktails and wonderful truffle parmesan fries. Great for an afternoon pick-me-up.
- Balthazar: (80 Spring Street) For the brunch that will change your life, go to Balthazar. Eggs Norwegian or Sour Cream Hazelnut Waffles… It’s always a tough choice.
- Mercer Kitchen: (99 Prince Street) Located in The Mercer Hotel, this Jean-Georges restaurant has an incredible raw bar. It’s the perfect spot for champagne, oysters, and people watching.
- Nyonya: (199 Grand Street) This cash-only Malaysian restaurant is actually in Little Italy, but it’s definitely worth the 10 minute walk from Soho. The roti with egg and curry sauce is almost too good to be true, and the hainanese chicken and rice is equally superb. The best part about Nyonya? The prices are more similar to Flushing than Manhattan.
Thanks Lauren, for your recommendations. Personally I’ll be heading down to Delicatessen for the truffle fries. I’ve never had a bad truffle fry yet!