Weekend in SOHO - fun suggestions (Dinner & Drinks)
I'm heading to NYC with a couple of girlfriends at the end of Jan. We'll be staying just outside Soho and we're looking for some recommendations on restaurants/bars on a Friday / Saturday night. We're all 25 so something fun, lively, and a great crowd. I know it sounds bad to say but, ehm, no "bridge & tunnel type scenesters" - and yes, I know - we're tourists ourselves! We just want real NY spots with a cool vibe. Am being a huge dork and creating an itinerary so let me know if you have some ideas to share! Thanks!
PS - budget wise: Fri= cheap&cheerful & Sat= a bigger budget but nothing stuffy - still want a fun scene
Try Lure in the heart of Soho for seafood and oysters for dinner. Check out Epistrohy in the neighboring Notlia district for homemade pasta. Make a reservation at La Esquina for a fun dinner on Cleveland and broome. For drinks go to Brinkleys for a fun social time, try Pravda for some really cool cocktails.
For Friday night, my slightly offbeat suggestion is Loreley, not far from Soho but technically on the Lower East Side. It's a German beer garden with surprisingly good food, great beer, and definitely a young, fun, non-touristy crowd.
For Saturday, maybe Hundred Acres, Jane, or Public?
7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
38 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012
This is for dinner and drinks (you want cocktails?) and tax and tip? I'm not sure how much you expect to drink, but your first night has a budget that's a bit too low for the "cool vibe" you're going for if you're including some cocktails. Soho is one of the more expensive neighborhoods to eat and drink in.
A few of the city's best cocktail bars are in the neighborhood, but you'll have to be prepared to pay $13-14 a cocktail. Pegu Club, Lani Kai. Been hearing great things about 1534, too.
For restaurants, Balthazar and Blue Ribbon Brasserie are always lively. Osteria Morini would probably be as well because it's so new. Same for Burger and Barrel.
Nearby locations in Nolita and around Bowery/Houston: Kenmare (though it's gotten poor reviews, it's very scene-y), Delicatessen (ditto).
Pulino's (it's extremely loud there though), Peels (same people who do Freemans which used to be very hip because it was "hidden" in an alleyway),
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012
282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012