Soho stretches from Houston on its northern end to Canal Street, and from 6th Avenue in the west to Crosby Street in the east. Named purely for its location, the moniker for this young, hip area literally means South of Houston. Soho is the quintessentially chic, urban New York Neighborhood. Take a walk down its cobblestoned streets and see for yourself.
Accessibility: To travel up and down Manhattan, SoHo residents take the B, D, F, M, N, R, C, E, and 6 trains. That said, the neighborhood itself is only eight by five blocks, making it a pleasantly walkable area. You can also take the M5 and M21 buses around the neighborhood. Not too shabby for one of New York’s smallest ‘hoods.
Lifestyle: SoHo is a destination location not just for residents, but for the whole of NYC. Locals and tourists alike flock to this neighborhood for couture shopping, world-class galleries, and boutique eateries. On the weekends, the neighborhood can feel closer to overcrowded than it does to simply lively, but that’s a small price to pay to wander around beautiful cobblestone streets and dine outside at some of the city’s best restaurants. For a dash of old school New York, catch a film at the Angelika (which is just a hair north of Houston, but we won’t tell if you won’t!).
Restaurants and Bars: Some say you can’t head south of Houston without experiencing some of the neighborhood’s classically chic eats—the Steak Frites at Balthazar, the Spicy Penne a la Vodka at Carbone, the Cake Pops at David Burke Kitchen… While we don’t disagree, we’d also like to remind you that there’s more to SoHo eating than just wallet-emptying hotspots. Try out lesser-known spots like Korchma Taras Bulba for amazing Russian and Ukranian foods (and drinks—that infused vodka, wow) or Galli for rustic Italian fare, not to mention to-die-for risotto balls. For reasonably priced and creative cocktails try The Ship. If you’re more of a pub type, check out Toad Hall—a bar and billiards hall perfect for a group hangout.
Cost of Living: Surprise! Living in a modern and generally happening neighborhood in NYC is going to cost you… we’re sorry. The average rent for a one bedroom in a non-doorman building is well over $3K. And you’re looking for true luxury, a one bedroom in a doorman building will tend to cost up to $6,500.