Soho food fest
Getting together with a bunch of friends that we haven't seen in a long time. Starting off at the Soho Grand and want a restaurant we can walk to or take a quick cab ride to from there.
Restaurant: not too fancy & not outrageously expensive, a nice space and quiet enough that we can catch up. Fun vibe is always a plus!
Food: any type of cuisine will do but must have at least one vegetarian option on the menu. must be mouth watering, tounge tantalizingly amazing!! we only have 2 nights of good eats and want to savor em' !
Afterwards looking for some fun bars to hit up in the same area or les, east village.
How many friends?
I think Landmarc or Blaue Gans in Tribeca could work. Landmarc is generally a crowd pleaser. Odeon could work too, though it's a bit more pricey.
All three are within 10 blocks (south) of the Soho Grand.
Also, Aurora opened up a Soho location right neat the hotel recently. Haven't been yet, but the food in the Williamsburg location is good when they're on - but they're not always on.
Reliably "pretty good." I've never had my socks knocked off by Cafe Noir, but the food is good, the service is good, the booze is good, and I've always had fun there. I *do* take food seriously, but sometimes the right atmosphere with good food wins out over "knock your socks off" food in the wrong room.
I havent been to Suba since the menu / chef change but in the past this would have been a great choice. Can anyone vouch for the new suba 2.0?
Blaue Gans is a great idea though my memory isnt of it being very quiet.
Blue Ribbon bakery restaurant maybe?
Antique Garage? (had a great lunch there the other day)
or the philipino restaurant, Cendrillon, next door to Antique Garage -- another favorite of mine.
A few places that I like in Soho:
Falai - Love this little cozy place. They have a cafe that serves bakeries and Italian small plates, and another store for more traditional app/entree/dessert type of dining. I enjoy both and particularly like their pasta like the gnudi. It's a great place to meet with friends and enjoy good food.
Public - a more bustling place with exotic dishes like kangaroo as well as the more approachable choices. Always flavorful but vegetarian choices are quite limited. Can get a bit noisy but not to the point of unable to conduct conversations.
Centovini - I have had some excellent pasta and Italian food there, and service was very attentive. A great wine list. Definitely on the more pricey side.
I am sure Balthazar will come up at some point, though I wasn't particular impressed by the service, and I didn't enjoy the atmosphere because it was always so crowded and the waiters always looked like they were rushed or something. But it has a lot of fans on this board.
Hope you have some wonderful meals with your friends!
Thanks for all your suggestions :) Out of them, Centovini and Blue Ribbon Bakery are the top 2. Many of the places sounded great but lacked veggie options. Aurora sounds great but you say it's not always consistent and that is a problem for me. Anyone else been there? We really want our meals in ny to be special. What do you guys think?