The Edible Guide

Our picks for where to eat, drink and shop in the city.

Neighborhood: Soho

Mercer Hotel

The Mercer is Soho’s foremost luxury hotel, offering 75 guest rooms on six floors of a landmark Romanesque revival building in one of New…

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Cafe Gitane

“This city changes so fast, and an aging hipster can make a career out of lamenting the ways in which it does. The best…

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Kottu House

Kottu House is a Sri-Lankan street food restaurant serving Kottu, Craft Beers & Ciders. Quote is a street style dish from Sri Lanka made with…

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Boqueria

Boqueria restaurants were inspired by the best tapas bars in Barcelona. Their chefs offer a wide variety of “market fresh” specials giving a Spanish take on the best of the week’s market in addition to their everyday menu of perennial favorites.

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Gourmet Garage

“Shop like a chef!” is Gourmet Garage’s motto. It started out as one store in Soho and has now expanded to five locations throughout the city. Each store extends their trademark high quality produce, meat, seafood, artisan baked local bread and pastry, as well as friendly knowledgeable customer service, and award-winning catering.

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Birdbath Bakery

Birdbath Green Bakery is the eco-minded little sister of City Bakery. Birdbath asks the question: How does a small bakery in a big city operate in an environmentally friendly way? There are seven Birdbaths in New York, designed by their baker, a collection of sweet and eclectic bakeries like none other.

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Home Cooking New York

These days Brooklynite Jennifer Clair also teaches in Manhattan or Hudson Valley training kitchens, but her real specialty is still house calls: She or a staffer will come to your own kitchen for small, hands-on classes ($300 to $400) or even make-your-own-dinner parties. You buy the groceries in advance and work with one of the chefs to develop your own coursework, or pick from dozens of multi-course menus like cooking with fall produce, roast chicken dinner, French bistro or fish.

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Ten Ren Tea

Ten Ren Tea Company is the largest and best known tea manufacturer in the Far East. Owned and operated by third generation tea producers for over 40 years, Ten Ren’s goal is to promote the art of Chinese tea to discriminating consumers worldwide.

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Hundred Acres

This low-key SoHo restaurant prides itself on being one of the most inviting rooms in the city. Stop in for the lunch market menu, which includes dishes like fried Virginia oysters, kale salad with heirloom radishes, and house-made tagliatelli with roasted delicata squash.

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