Read on for our Insider’s Guide, including the best shopping, restaurants, and gyms to help you enjoy Manhattan’s West Soho like a local.
This west SoHo favorite rewards those who explore beyond the landmarks of Chanel and Balenciaga. Founded by Dean & Deluca’s Giorgio Deluca, this stylish spot brings slow Italian food to Spring Street. We recommend the ravioli.
The Ear Inn
The Ear Inn is one of the oldest operating drinking establishments in New York City. This cozy local spot is situated inside the James Brown house, a building constructed around 1770 for James Brown, an African aide to George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The bar was officially named in the late 70s, called The Ear Inn to avoid the Landmark Commission’s review of new signage. Instead, they simply covered the round parts of the long-standing neon “Bar” sign to read “Ear.” You’ll feel like a local immediately.
The Gordon Bar
Named one of the 15 hottest bars in NYC in 2015 by Zagat, The Gordon Bar is a glamorous cocktail bar and lounge inside the newly renovated Sixty Soho hotel. Slide into one of the deco inspired lounge chairs and enjoy a lychee martini in a hotel favored by celebrities like Kirsten Dunst.
Part of the Mercer Street Hospitality group, The Gordon Bar is part of an impressive portfolio with Lure Fishbar, El Toro Blanco, Bowery Meat Company B&B Winepub, and Ristorante Sessanta at Sixty Soho.
One of the buzziest NYC restaurant openings of the year is, perhaps unsurprisingly, in Soho. Paris-trained chef Daniel Rose brings his classically-based specialties stateside with seasonal dishes beloved by critics and Soho locals alike.
Chalk Point Kitchen
Chalk Point brings a Pinterest-sourced Brooklyn aesthetic to the neighborhood for an haute-farmhouse vibe that tastes as good as it looks. Chef Rebecca Weitzman’s menus combine the best of local, heritage, sustainable, and organic ingredients with a distinctly New York flair. Flavors range from Chinatown greens to steak au poivre with staples like avocado toast and kale salad for good measure.
WYETH has been a downtown shopping staple for almost two decades, its curated selection of modern and vintage mid-century style furniture rounding out the homes of New York’s most stylish. Shop owner John Birch personally designs many of the new pieces, and his vintage finds make WYETH one of the most well curated showrooms in the city. You never know what you’ll find here.
For the best bespoke suiting in Soho, head to Miller’s Oath. This haberdashery blends English textiles with exacting made-to-measure tailoring techniques borrowed from the eponymous founder’s family. Kirk Miller’s goal is to help his customers feel modern in their clothes, and he succeeds, beautifully.
Many in the fashion set will recognize the name of this new brick-and-mortar shop from the beloved ecommerce site. Those new to La Garconne will find pieces from Francophile brands like Vetements and A Detacher and lesser knowns like Tsumori Chisato. The showroom is cool and sparse, the merchandise frequently in shades of cream, navy, and grey. Pick up your fall staple pieces here.
s. Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Josephine Skriver, Jasmine Tookes and Elsa Hosk — not to mention fashion insiders like Hannah Bronfman, Constance Jablonski, Hailey Baldwin and Sofia Sanchez de Betak — are all loyal customers.
Tracy Anderson Studio
The only Tracy Anderson Method Studio in New York City has moved from Tribeca to Soho. For those that prefer to sweat in a brighter, more feminine environment than Dogpound, there’s simply no better option than Tracy Anderson, best known as the workout of choice for Gwyneth Paltrow.