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A Day-to-Night Wander Through NYC's Premier Neighborhood For People Watching

by Jessie Chen

posted on March 18, 2019

SoHo is a neighborhood of contradictions, and yet it works. Instagram models walk alongside tourists in frumpy jeans. Windows display the latest runway fashions, while hawkers whisper promises of designer brands at bargain prices. There are bars to suit every personality type: sip cocktails amongst celebrities or swig back shots at the cheapest happy hour this side of Houston St. Get a taste of everything with this half-day itinerary of SoHo, Dorsia tested and approved.

Itinerary Details

8 Places
1 Hour

Photo Courtesy: @sangwookpark

If there’s any place where it’s acceptable to wear a sweatshirt that looks like it went through a paper shredder, SoHo is the place, and VFiles is your supplier. Browse through this seriously-funky shop for eclectic pieces that you can’t find anywhere else.

Walking Distance

0.17 Miles

Photo Courtesy: leslielohmanmuseum

Don’t be too tempted by the designer boutiques you’ll pass on your way to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the world’s first and only museum focused on LGBTQ art. The gallery has made a significant contribution to the art world by not only giving a space for gay artists to showcase their work, but also in preserving the work of artists who lost their lives to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.

Walking Distance

0.22 Miles

Photo Courtesy: @burstofsamm

After all that art and shopping, you’ll probably want a sugar boost. Pi Bakerie serves sweet and savory Greek delicacies, all made in-house. If baked goods aren’t your thing, they also offer dreamily-thick yogurt topped with cherry preserves, dolmas, moussaka, and a handful of salads.

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Greek coffee, sour cherry yogurt, moussaka pi, spanakopita pi, freshly baked apple tart

Walking Distance

0.39 Miles

Photo Courtesy: @142sullivanbar

Next, make your way north to this cozy watering hole that’s so local the owners didn’t even bother to name it. Vinyl records, a happy hour menu, and friendly bartenders make this an ideal first stop on your bar crawl.

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Cauliflower flatbread pizza, butternut squash flatbread pizza , Love on the Rocks, Coconut Dream, Putin's Potion

Walking Distance

0.22 Miles

Photo Courtesy: @shannonshootscocktails

Continue the cocktail binge at Pegu Club, where master bartender Audrey Saunders has crafted cocktails made with house-made tinctures and exotic ingredients. Pair The Old Cuban with some smoked trout deviled eggs and relax on the soft, velvet couches. But don’t get too cozy, your journey takes you further east next.

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The Pegu Club Cocktail, Earl Grey MarTEAni, Gin-Gin Mule

Walking Distance

0.45 Miles

Photo Courtesy: @hollywoodronjunior

Take a break from drinking with some more shopping at this streetwear empire, known for its designer apparel and cult sneaker collaborations. The minimalist interior, sleek shelves, and edgy designs will give you closet envy. Bonus: head upstairs to the Kith Treats for some cereal-infused soft serve.

Walking Distance

0.14 Miles

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To shake things up a bit, head east on West Houston to Botanica Bar. Famed for its ridiculously-cheap happy hour that goes until 8pm, this dark dive bar will likely be packed with the afterwork crowd. Groups may want to head to the spacious back room for seating.

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Ginger Yum Yum, beer

Walking Distance

0.37 Miles

Photo Courtesy: Uncle Boons

It’s about time to line your stomach, and we’re suggesting spicy and flavorful Thai cuisine. Head down Mulberry Street and onto Spring, to this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it restaurant opened by two cooks from Per Se. The walls are plastered with decor that probably came from a Bangkok flea market, and the menu pays tribute to the couple’s travels. The tiny space is walk-in only, so put your name down and pass the time with a cocktail at Mother's Ruin across the street. When the time comes, definitely order the khalum pu, a spicy rotisserie cabbage dish; it may not sound that special, but this side is a sleeper hit. And if you’re still drinking, the Thai-inspired cocktails are pretty great, too.

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Muay Thai rotisserie chicken, kau pat poo (crab fried rice), khao soi kaa kai (Northern-style gold curry)

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