Another Friday means it’s time for Five on Foot. Today we’re down in a beloved spot to many a tourist. What was once a style lovers haven has become packed to the brim with mass market retailers and out of towners looking to shop! Don’t get me wrong, Soho is a great ‘hood but I’m going to take you off Broadway today to explore some of Soho’s other fine streets. You coming?
ONE. Aurora Soho
510 Broome Street
While Balthazar and Jane are tried and true brunch spots in Soho, Aurora is a fantastic alternative to hour long wait times and offers a great $15 brunch deal for an entree and cocktail. With a rustic chic vibe, this quaint cafe uses fresh, seasonal ingredients in all of their dishes. If you’re feeling indulgent try the brioche french toast. YUM!
TWO. In God We Trust + Opening Ceremony
265 Lafayette Street | 35 Howard Street
www.ingodwetrustnyc.com | www.openingceremony.us
You really can’t escape Soho without getting a bit of a retail itch. With stores abounding narrowing them down to just one day can be overwhelming. But two I definitely wouldn’t pass up – In God We Trust and Opening Ceremony. Both exude “cool” and offer an amazing selection of, dare I say it, curated wares. If you’re saving up to splurge on an amazing investment piece, you’re going to find it hard to walk out of either empty handed.
THREE. Harney and Sons
433 Broome Street
Truth be told, I don’t drink tea. I know! But I wish I liked it so I could truly experience all that Harney and Sons has to offer. However I have been several times with in-town guests and all have raved over the unique blended teas and the gorgeous displays that evoke the feeling of a fine art gallery or museum as opposed to a tea shop. Naturally I’m a sucker for pretty packaging so I’ve bought a tin or two for myself. My floral arrangements have never looked prettier!
105 Sullivan Street
I used to work by this small sandwich shop and it is truly an authentic NY experience. Small and unassuming, the sandwiches churned out of this shop are nothing short of delicious. It’s a good thing I’ve switched offices otherwise I’d be concerned for my waistline. One sandwich on their soft and fluffy foccacia could easily feed two. (My fav = the Alyssa) Grab a limonata and head to the park down the street to enjoy your sandwich outdoors.
Word to the wise: this shop has been compared to Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi” so I recommend knowing what you want to order before you reach the counter – as they don’t take custom orders or substitutions. It’s also teeny tiny and cash only, but if you can obey the shop rules, you’ll pass with flying colors as the owners are two tough cookies!
FIVE. Francoise Schein’s Subway Map Floating on a Sidewalk
110 Greene Street
87 feet long, this work of art isn’t on the walls of some sprawling Chelsea art gallery, but rather literally on the street of Soho. If a day of indulging in food and shopping has left you feeling the need for a bit of culture, head over to 100 Greene Street and you’ll find yourself among art. But don’t think this map will help you get out of Manhattan, NYC’s other boroughs are sadly not represented – as they didn’t fit on the sidewalk!