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Jul 23, 2009 12:51 PM

Best lunch spot in SoHo?

My husband and I are Chi-town foodies looking for a great lunch spot in Soho...walking from 60 Thompson....all types of food welcome, but French...just want great food and non-sterile ambience?

Thank you!

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  1. It's certainly not a fancy place, but for lunch in Soho, I love Hampton Chutney Company. They make fabulous dosas that are served with chutney on the side. It's a lovely little spot and the Iced Chai is fabulous as well.

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    1. re: newfoodie

      Wow, what a terrible suggestion.
      Aurora, Barolo, Boqueria, Blue Ribbon, Aquagrill, Café Noir, Dos Caminos, Shorty's, Hundred Acres, Papatzul, Felix......

      1. re: il Trifulau

        Thank you for such great recs....they all sound wonderful.

        So, now I need help choosing one for a lunch and one for dinner, both on Monday. I had previously thought Aurora for dinner, but you have so many great recs...which would be best for dinner and which for lunch? For both, we'd like an upscale, or rustic, or open air (i.e. windows opening to stret for people watching)....HUGE foodies, so great food is a must...LOVe Italian, Spanish, Sushi, and Mexican, and you had some of each, so I definitely need help!

        Thank you so much!

        1. re: ljero

          i really like aquagrill and eat there about once a week for lunch. They do a phenomenal salmon BLT - you wouldn't think salmon goes with bacon but it's quite delicious. Their shrimp avocado sandwich is also great.

          If you can venture out of SoHo, there are so many more options that you can taste. Search the Manhattan chow boards for dinner.

          1. re: ljero

            Aurora is the best Italian in the neighborhood and is my choice for dinner. They've only got 6 seats outside, though, so you may find yourself having a drink at the bar while you wait for a table. I usually eat at the bar with my wife. Very comfortable.
            Barolo has a huge and beautiful garden and a large dining room that is open to the street. Food is definitely good but not on Aurora's level.
            Boqueria is strictly inside and does a great job with the tapas they serve. Wines tend to be Spanish that are geared to the American palate.
            Blue Ribbon has no outdoor but is a uniquely traditional SoHo restaurant and vibe. Always excellent American food and raw bar.
            Aquagrill has a patio area and is one of NYC's best seafood restaurants. You can't go wrong.
            Café Noir is a casual French/Spanish/Moroccan bar/restaurant that has been a staple in SoHo for about 20 years now. It's a young energetic crowd and the open-air bar is worth a stop for a drink, at least, before or after dinner.
            Dos Caminos is big pretty tourist's Mexican restaurant with reliably good food and service on a busy corner bordering SoHo and Greenwich Village.
            Shorty's 32, is an excellent local's American food restaurant with a good wine list and highly-elevated pub fare, I guess you'd call it. Very friendly and accommodating staff here.
            Hundred Acres is a pretty restaurant serving very flavorful, clean, fresh American food from local farms. Worth a look, close to your hotel, but on a quiet street with not so much action. Though I do see Famke Janssen, Jane Krakowski, Liev Schrieber and other celebs on that block a lot.
            Papatzul is SoHo's best kept Mexican food secret.
            Felix is a good and reliable French-food Eurobar/restaurant that sees a lot of action starring the pretty young fashionista downtown crowd.

          2. re: il Trifulau

            No need to be rude, different folks like different places! In my experience, the people who enjoy this board appreciate a variety of opinions rather than a know-it-all.

            1. re: newfoodie

              Haha, I mean that was a pretty terrible suggestion for something looking for a nice lunch in SoHo. I've had dinner at Aurora and liked it very much. Nothing crazy, just italian with a great atmosphere.

              1. re: newfoodie

                Agreed. It is the one-upsmanship of "I know food better than you and I'll tell you how little you know" that some people on this site have, that is starting to become a real turn off.

                Anyway, I do agree that Aquagrill is a wonderful lunch spot. Savoy would also be a nice option.
                I would have also suggested Balthazar, but it is a French bistro, which you seem not to want.

              2. re: il Trifulau

                Hampton Chutney is not a terrible suggestion. It's more a fast food-ish scene, but it is innovative and good.