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Jul 28, 2008 08:17 PM

Comment on these SoHo restaurants, please.

Country Cafe
Il Corallo
Cub Room

Lifelong NYer, but I've only lived in SoHo for the past 7 years and these are restaurants I don't go to.

Am I missing anything by staying away? I need to add some more local places to the rotation.

Any other suggestions?

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  1. The only one I've been to is Cub Room, and it's gone downhill big time. Food is very hit or miss, and the staff just doesn't care. I was there about 2 years ago, and it looked like there's still a lively happy hour scene at the bar.

    1. I have not been to any on your list. I live downtown and we generally eat in TriBeCa (Duane Park), LES (Bacaro, Elyssa, Rayuela, Falai) and Chinatown (Dim Sum at Jing Fong or Dim Sum Go Go, Big Wong's). Aquagrill is also good, not sure if it is TriBeCa or SoHo. Aqua, Table Tales and Barbarini in my neighborhood are also good. We like restaurants we can walk to.

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      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        Thank you. Aquagrill is definitely on our short list of go-to places.
        Anyone else?

        1. re: il Trifulau

          I had a terrible espresso at Cub Room (stopped in just for coffee), and a so so meal at Barolo ages and ages ago - garden is pretty though.

      2. also a lifelong NYer, but i only lived in Soho for a year before fleeing back to the East Village. ;)

        Cub Room - totally hit or miss, the menu in the room w/the bar is different from the dining room (and less exciting). There is an adjoining Cafe, also unexciting. Worst brunch ever.

        Il Corallo - love love love love, this was my go-to inexpensive Italian place. the menu is overwhelming (they have EVERYTHING), but they have some great black/whole wheat/spinach pastas that are freshly made, and the Bocconcini appetizer is great for a table. Bread is delish. Desserts & wine are unimpressive, go elsewhere.

        Barolo - i was underwhelmed, but i was here for a Christmas party. maybe it's better at other times.

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        1. re: iguana215

          I don't know. I hear people RAVE about Il Corallo, just like you Iguana, but my wife and I ordered in from there twice in the first year we lived near it and were somewhat horrified. Plates of oil and huge bulbs of garlic with some pasta and chopped assorted canned goods mixed in......
          I give pasta a wide berth, but I'm not getting Il Corallo, though I would LOVE to love a place like that in my neighborhood.

          1. re: il Trifulau

            Agree.....I think people who eat in tend to love it and those who get take away are the ones (like me) who have never been impressed. We used to order out from there at work at least one night a week, and I generally found their food to be uninspired and overly greasy. I've never sat in to eat, and Ive often wondered if I'd like it better that way.

          2. re: iguana215

            Barolo isn't very good at all. And the Cub Room can be fun for a drink but the food there is strictly beside the point.

          3. Agree w/Aquagrill. Bread Soho is a good neighborhood place. I've read/heard good things about Snack (and been to Snack Taverna), but I haven't made it there myself yet.

            1. Country Cafe is really tiny and quaint. Solid French/North African and welcoming, if a bit relaxed, service. Definitely a good 'neighborhood' place.