Omen Azen has been around for decades, and it’s the sort of place where you might come for a weeknight meal and see Patti Smith sitting a few tables over. It’s a neighborhood spot that serves somewhat healthy things like sashimi, teriyaki, and avocado salad. The restaurant is in the bottom of a small apartment building, and it’s a casual, charming space with brick walls and lamps hanging from the ceiling. Bring a friend that isn’t currently eating anything that could have plausibly touched butter, and enjoy a relatively quiet meal.
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There are two things you need to know about Mooncake Foods: 1) It's a weird little vaguely healthy Asian diner in a corner of Soho you probably forgot about. 2) They need to bottle and sell their hot sauce.
A few years in, Soho’s The Dutch is better than it was when it first opened. These days, it might even be underrated.
Osteria Morini is a popular Italian restaurant on Lafayette street, known for pasta and lots of lambrusco. Expect crowds and very little elbow room.
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Sushi Of Gari Tribeca
For us, there are few culinary pleasures in life that exceed sushi bar swagging at Sushi of Gari, watching an old master fish sculptor slice up some heavenly creations destined for our bellies. Unfortunately, this Gari location is our least favorite yet.
The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
Omakase Room By Tatsu
This underground West Village space is a serious, quiet place for a pricey sushi meal that lasts 90 minutes.
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For your next special occasion/fancy night out dinner in SoHo, consider the French fine dining at Le Coucou.
Raoul’s has been a Soho institution since the '70s. If you can’t have a good time at this French bistro, you probably can’t have a good time anywhere.
Little Prince needs a lot of fine tuning. We really wanted to love this place. But don’t hire a bunch of waiters just because they look cool, and don’t fail on technique when you’re serving French food.
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