looking for fun, relatively attitude-free dining in Soho
- greg oguss
If you like Mexican I can give you two options: Lupe is
on Ave. of the Americas and Watts (the next street
below Broome) -- slightly south of SoHo but worth the
walk. And Tres Aztecas is at Allen St. and either
Stanton or Rivendale, I forget which, is very good and
totally lacking in attitude.
Then besides that, with a bit more attitude, there's
Savoy, at Crosby and Prince, and there's the restaurant
at Prince and Mercer, downstairs from the Guggenheim,
which I forget the name of.
Hope this helps!
re: Deb Van D
Cendrillon, an upscale phillipine based restaurant on
Mercer between Grand and Broome is a good choice.
Great beer selection, and generally excellent food,
though it can sometimes be a bit inconsistent. The
specials are often more memorable than the regular
menu, though that is usually nothing to sneeze at
either. It is also a very friendly, laid back place.
re: Deb Van D
I liked Monzu up to the entree. Perhaps being overly
optimistic I ordered the Pasta con Sarde (a Sicilian
dish; this is supposed to be a Sicilian restaurant).
Well, it turned out to be perciatelli (OK so far) with
a red sauce (no!) and some CANNED-type sardines atop.
That did it for me!
Have you tried "Jean-Claude" on Sullivan St. between Houston and Prince? The atmosphere is very Parisian; the food is excellent and moderately priced for a French restaurant; and the staff is casual and unpretentious but very serious when it comes to quality. If you lavish them with compliments they might present you with a delicious creme brulee on the house (which is what they've done in my case the last three times I went there). Get there early to be assured of a table.
re: greg oguss
Today I found another good Mexican place, near Tres
Aztecas. It's called Festival, on Rivington east of
Ludlow. I ate Lengua a la Mexicana, which was excellent
stewed slices of tongue with onion and hot peppers.
Also had Sopa de Ajo, garlic soup, which was not so
And on the way back to work I stopped by Economy Candy
for some chocolate grahams!