Neighborhood Guide: Everything You Can’t Miss in SoHo
Fun fact to start with: SoHo is actually a nickname, somewhat lost to New Yorkers who just know this part of town as the upscale Manhattan. It stands for South of Houston Street, and is home to so many deluxe clothing boutiques and even the first Tiffany & Co. Plenty of famous actors, like Heath Ledger and Johnny Depp, have roamed here, giving SoHo a reputation for celebrity.
Whether you’re near this part of town, somehow successfully living in it, or just passing through, here are all the places you have to hit up while you’re in SoHo.
Where to Eat
Yo, the snacks here are to die for. This place is perfect for chillin’ with your best friends when you’re not hungry enough to eat a full meal. Just order a bunch of bites for the table and you can all share in this communal indulgence. Serving delicious food in a totally modern and welcoming setting is part of the Boqueria way, so you can hit this place up all day.
Need a late-night location? This American-style mainstay is serving everything from chicken wings to sauteed calamari until 4 a.m. Yes, it’s a little upscale, but who says you can’t dine like royalty when you’re drunk as shit in the middle of the night. Try to keep your cool though, or someone else is bound to notice you’re a little out of place.
Why is everything in SoHo so goddamn expensive? If you’re looking for some quality pizza for the price of an appetizer, you can find just that at Champion Pizza. Known for offering the best thin crust in SoHo, Champion Pizza has served many a late-nighter their finest ingredients until well into the morning. This place is open until 5 a.m. on the weekends, so you are always welcome to end up here after a night out with your friends.
Where to Drink
Upscale to its core, but most definitely a bucket list item, the Pegu Club has a vibe unmatched by any other cocktail lounge around NYC, and that’s saying something. With roots in Burma, these signature drinks are both innovative and delicious, and not as pricey as you might expect. This place is perfect for any celebration you might be having: work accomplishments, birthdays, anniversaries, you name it. Make the Pegu Club your hub this year.
If you live around here, we’re sure you’ve passed Kenn’s many a time. This quaint, corner location is a local favorite in SoHo, often hosting themed parties for special occasions. The bartenders are so-ho-sweet (oh-so-sweet?) and the vibe is consistently chill and nonviolent, even on a busy Saturday night.
You simply haven’t been to SoHo if you don’t hit up JIMMY at The James Hotel. Straight-up, this place is classy as hell. It’s worth it to get all dressed up in your Saturday best and rise to the 18th floor of this age-old hotel for a drink with your loved one. And though the prices are a little intimidating, the views are unbeatable, so treat yourself at least once this year. You deserve it.
What to Do
See a Gallery
SoHo is home to so many beautiful art galleries that I could hardly choose a single one to spotlight. My absolute favorite has to be the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, home to many inventive and contemporary exhibitions that rotate throughout the year. But the Team Gallery, Peter Freeman Gallery, The Drawing Center, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and the Center for Italian Modern Art are also worth visiting.
This off-Broadway venue is the perfect place to spend your Friday night. Comedians and actors alike gather here to put on performances throughout the week that are sure to wow you before they make it to the big stage. You can find emerging shows and some of the funniest acts around town here at the SoHo Playhouse.
For all you cheesy, eclectic ‘90s film fans out there, you can see the building where part of the movie Ghost was filmed. Located at 102 Prince Street, Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, and Whoopi Goldberg spent many days here working on this classic masterpiece. As of 2015, the iconic loft has an asking price of $10.5 million, which is wayyyyy more than Demi Moore was paid for filming this movie back in the day. But hey, true fans might be into it.