I went, I ate, I need to go back and eat more. Does New York City sell a shirt like that? That was the embodiment of my first New York trip. Typically when I travel, I do a lot of research before hand on where I want to shop, eat, museum browse. To make the most of each trip, I will plan walking routes so they are the most efficient possible and call for reservations for dinners etc. But this trip. Nope. I landed from St Thomas, packed and left again the next morning. No planning. But if you too like to know what's in a specific neighborhood when you travel, I've got you covered. Here's what I did while I was in SOHO (and very close by) while I toured the Chobani Mezé House (more on that later).
I landed at JFK early afternoon and took the HOUR Uber ride to my hotel, Sixty SOHO. First of all, let me say New York traffic is TERRIBLE. And that's coming from someone in the DC area. New York wins. It's awful. Immediately after checking in to this gorgeous, gorgeous hotel I went to grab lunch at The Butcher's Daughter ('vegetable slaughterhouse'). It's adorable and has a great healthy menu. Other stops:
- Dominique Ansel Bakery (see the key lime tart below)
- Aritzia (shopping if you love monochrome)
- Canvas home (homegoods shopping if you love plates, bowls etc)
- UNIQLO (basics for your closet)
- Chobani Mezze House
- Balthazar (you'll need a reservation if you have more than 1 person)
The Chobani Mezé house has some cool edible features like a floating garden in the pool and a totally edible wall in the dining room. It's actually on the market right now if you have a cool $12 million. Chobani was showing us the new dip line which are Greek yogurt based dips with flavors like red pepper and smoked onion parmesan. They pair well with basically all veggies but also pita and pretzels (so if you're looking for a Fourth of July easy idea-->boom).
Meet bagel hoarding day. SOHO is the most glorious adorable neighborhood with tons of shops and restaurants. I went straight away to Black Seed Bagels to pick up bagels for home and breakfast. These bagels have absolutely ruined my life because now I know what a real bagel tastes like. I bought extras and packed them in my suitcase like a woman obsessed. After bagels I walked to Maman Coffee for the main purpose of their cute coffee cups. They coffee is also great, but I can't even cover up my main reason for going. I had hoped that extra 10 minutes would free up some hunger for Egg Shop, but alas...too full. Next time.
I spent a few hours working from the rooftop seating area of the hotel. It's so wonderful up there with plenty of seating/couches/tables.
- Sabah Dealer (to buy those black and tan shoes!)
- Momofuku Ssam Bar (to eat duck)
- Navy (to see my friend and eat dinner)
With an early afternoon flight and a minor understanding of how traffic works, I knew I had at least breakfast to enjoy before heading to the airport. David Burke Kitchen did not disappoint! I also had time to run over to Laduree for macarons for the road, although to be totally honest, there's a shop here at home I like better. But now I know.
For Next Time:
I'm only one girl with one stomach. Next time I'm in the SOHO area I'm definitely stopping by Jack's Wife Frieda and N28 Pizza.
Where are your favorite SOHO stops?
Disclosure: Chobani provided this sponsored travel opportunity in return for me sharing my experience with you all.