Food Find: Our Top 10 Soho-Area Restaurants

There's no denying Soho and its surrounding environs add up to one of our favorite places to shop. But when running between Oak and Odin or Silver Lining and the Prada Store, one can work up a wicked case of Must Eat Now!" So, for those who live, work, and, especially, shop South-of-Houston, we've compiled the ultimate go-to list of Soho restaurants running from haute cuisine to quick and delicious. Dig in!
Click through for 10 Soho spots that will have your mouth watering!
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L'Ecole

L'Ecole at the French Culinary Institute is one of the most enjoyable and interactive dining experiences a foodie can have in the Soho environs. The fare is prepared by FCI students eager to please, and the menu and chefs change daily. At the end of the meal, patrons are encouraged to fill out a 'report card' with feedback about their meal. A plus!

What To Order: Menu changes daily

Where: 462 Broadway (near Grand Street); 212-219-3300; www.frenchculinary.com

Extra: Prix-Fixe menus available for lunch (around $30) and dinner (under $50).
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Lovely Day

This cozy Nolita eatery is a precious gem. With attractive hipster staff serving up delicious Thai dishes, not to mention a full bar, what more could you want? All the goodness means you've got to be prepared to wait—this tiny jewel doesn't accept reservations.

What To Order: Julienne Vegetable Salad, Seared Wild Tuna Roll, Hobo Noodle, Spicy Green Curry and the specials of the day are great, too!

Where: 196 Elizabeth Street (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-925-3310; www.lovelydaynyc.com

Extra: Hit the ATM first because Lovely Day is cash-only.

Photo via Flickr.
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Snack

The cozy sister restaurant to West Village's Snack Taverna delivers delicious and fresh Greek cuisine. Bold flavors make for an arresting lunch or a low-key romantic dinner for two.

What To Order: Greek Salad, Tzatziki, Melitzanosalata (Eggplant Dip), Avgolemono Soup, Pastitsio, Veal Meatball, Braised Lamb Stifado, Walnut Crisp, and Greek Coffee.

Where: 105 Thompson Street (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-925-1040.

Photo via Flickr.
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Café Habana

It’s no secret that Café Habana is a Soho staple: Who can resist devouring the grilled Mexican corn (aka crack corn)? This place is good any time of day; Some swear by the brunch, others dig the dinner. Either way, if it's Cuban you're craving, there's no question that this should appear on your Soho hit-list. If you can’t stand to wait in line, there’s a take out window around the corner.

What To Order: Grilled Mexican Corn, Pozole (only on weekends), Huevos Rancheros, Chilaquiles Verdes con Pollo (brunch only), Enchiladas Suizas, Cuban Sandwich, Moscow Mule, and Cuba Libre.

Where: 17 Prince Street (at Elizabeth Street); 212-625-2002; www.cafehabana.com.
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Ruby's

This Aussie neighborhood-joint in Nolita is sandwiched between hipper-than-thou boutiques, perfection for a pre or post-shopping bite. Even if you're not in the mood for retail therapy, we're calling this Oz oasis one of the best spots for burgers; We rec the Bronte (beef patty, lettuce, tomato, sweet chili sauce, and mayo) or the Whaley (in true Aussie form—beef patty with beets, pineapple, and fried egg). While you're at it, get a cheap Aussie beer. Trust, Ruby's is great for a no-fuss meal and some serious Down Under eye-candy.

What To Order: Whaley's Burger (see above), Bronte Burger, Rag Bol, Pumpkin Salad, and The Smoothie Of The Day.

Where: 219 Mulberry Street (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-925-5755.

Extra: Again, pack up the wallet—it's cash only.

Photo via Flickr.
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Ed’s Lobster Bar

Summer in a sandwich = tender, juicy chunks of lobster meat lightly coated in mayo and spices on a toasted bun. Enter in Ed's, where the lobster roll is perfect for diving into warm weather full-force (and the lobster salad filled past the brim ain't too shabby either). The beachy, clean décor is homey, the service is inviting, and the summer-is-almost-here quality—priceless.

What To Order: Crab and Artichoke Dip, New England Clam Chowder, Steamers, Lobster Roll, Lobster Ravioli, Lobster Pot Pie, Oven Roasted Bluefish, Lobster Ale, Spiked Palmer, and Blueberry Gimlet.

Where: 222 Lafayette Street, 212-343-3236; www.lobsterbarnyc.com.

Extra: Check out their website for daily specials.
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Lure Fishbar

Decked out in a fittingly nautical interior—think white leather booths and circular windows—it’s hard not to feel like you're about to set sail in style. Seafood is the key here, from the raw bar to the cooked entrées.

What To Order: Oysters, Lobster Croutons, Yellowtail Carpaccio, New England Clam Chowder, Steamed Red Snapper, Baked Cod, Salted Caramel Ice Cream.

Where: 142 Mercer Street (at Prince Street): 212-431-7676; www.lurefishbar.com.
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Blue Ribbon Sushi

Tucked away below street-level, Blue Ribbon Sushi keeps a low profile, which is actually a good thing. Given that this sushi-joint offers some of the best quality and selection of fish and seafood with an extensive sake list to pair, we're glad it's so easy-to-miss.

What To Order: Hamachi Kama (broiled yellowtail collar with sea salt), Chawan Mushi (steamed egg custard), Gindara Saikyoyaki, Sashimi Platter, Omakase, and Green Tea Crème Brulee.

Where: 119 Sullivan Street (at Prince Street); 212-343-0404; www.blueribbonrestaurants.com.

Photo via Flickr.
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Epistrophy

Cozy Italian neighborhood wine bar with an old-world feeling. Simple dishes served with class and love. Ci piace!

What To Order: Cheese and Meat plate, Burrata, Fennel Salad, Avocado and Bressola Salad, Artichoke Ravioli, Pappardelle with Braised Beef, Baked Eggplant, Panino’s, Zucchini Flatbread, and Panna cotta.

Where: 200 Mott Street (between Spring and Kenmare streets); 212-966-0904; www.epistrophycafe.com

Extra: Cash only, cardmembers.
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Ñ

This long and narrow, dark and cozy Spanish tapas bar is ideal for intimate conversation with a friend...or a lover.

What To Order: Get a pitcher of the sangria and a couple dishes to share for a light meal.

Where: 33 Crosby Street (between Broome and Grand streets); 212-219-8856.

Extra: Time this right, folks, because demand is high and reservations are non-existent.

Photo via Nymag.com.
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Bonus Spot: What Happens When

A restaurant with a mission to shake things up in the culinary scene, What Happens When is a temporary pop-up eatery that changes menu and décor once every 30 days for 9 months. The $58 prix fixe menu is curated by John Fraser (Michelin starred chef, owner of Dovetail).

Where: 25 Cleveland Place (near Spring Street); 212-925-8310; www.whathappenswhennyc.com.

Extra: Credit card only, reservations required (space is very limited).

Photo via DNAinfo.
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