About the NeighborhoodSoho living, if you can get it, is about the most stylish in this entire city. That’s not only because of the area’s history—artists inhabited its high-ceilinged lofts until the 1980s—but also because Soho has all but overtaken Fifth Avenue when it comes to flagship stores. The most impressive is Broadway’s incredibly architectural Prada store, but you’ll also see almost every of-the-moment designer coolly represented on its cobblestoned streets—plus some small art outposts, like Donald Judd’s home-turned-museum, interspersed in between. Mass and niche, touristy and local, it’s also a center of New York’s frenetic energy: feel it amid swirling crowds at the corner of Spring Street and Broadway on a Saturday afternoon.
“Whoever is born in New York is ill-equipped to deal with any other city…. No other city is so spitefully incoherent.”
Duck into Balthazar for a cheeky steak frites.
Roasted chestnuts smell so sweet on Soho’s streets.
The Dutch does stiff drinks with style.
Lombardi’s is famous for its coal-fired pizza pies.
Soho’s street vendors are in a league of their own.
Soho is home to the world’s biggest collection of cast-iron lofts.
Handbag-sized dogs do well in Soho.
On weekends, hit the Soho Grand for DJ sets.
Ads are expensive and expansive around Houston and Broadway.
Peckish? You won’t want for options on Broadway or Prince.