NYC’s Most Creative Entrepreneurs Share How To Drink & Dine Your Way Through Soho

Soho is undoubtedly known as a fashion hub. With offerings ranging from Prada to Aritzia, bustling Broadway is visited by individuals from all over the world for its renowned shopping scene. But, what you might not have known is that Soho also happens to be home to some of the best restaurants, coffee shops and hole-in-the-walls that this city has to offer.

Bond Street — a company that offers New York small business loans — recently created a zine revealing some of the most underrated, unique and coolest dining experiences that New York City has to offer. So, we’ve curated a guide featuring the “world’s greatest cup of espresso”, “the best sandwich in New York” and a collection of other top-notch Soho establishments that you might not have known about — and definitely need to try. So, put aside a Saturday, and get ready to drink and dine your way through our favorite neighborhood.

Alidoro 105 Sullivan St #2

Joey Goodwin (founder – Overthrow New York): “The best sandwich in New York.”

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Baz Bagels 181 Grand St

Olivia Wolfe and Steph Krasnoff (co-founders – American Two Shot): “Good vibes, good food, good people — what’s not to love?”

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Cafe Grumpy 177 Mott St

Jordana Kier and Alexandra Friedman (co-founders – LOLA): “Cafe Grumpy is the antithesis to a big coffeeshop chain, which is exactly why we love it! Stepping into Grumpy is like putting our lives on pause for a brief moment…Here, we’re able to take a deep breath, enjoy a great cup of coffee, and disconnect from our digital lives, which is a real luxury. Grumpy truly reminds us to stop and smell the… you know.”

Jordana Kier and Alexandra Friedman Cafe Grumpy

Cafe Integral 135 Grand St

Kal Vepuri and Jeff Johnson (co-founders – The Arrivals): “Founded by the amazing Cesar Vega, Cafe Integral brings legit Nicaraguan coffee to Soho through their shop, which shares a space with American Two Shot on Grand Street… Cesar produces what I think is the world’s greatest cup of espresso. He’s incredibly talented, puts out incomparable product, and he’s only just getting started.”

Chalk Point Kitchen 527 Broome St

Nigel Sylvester (pro BMX rider): “Chalk Point specializes in organic food – every time you go there for dinner, you know everything’s sourced from local farms and businesses in the area. I love everything on the menu.”

Chikarashi 227 Canal St

Karen Wong (deputy director, The New Museum): “[Chef Mike is] elevating the decidedly egalitarian poke bowl with top tier ingredients and technique while maintaining a price point that is still very accessible.”

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Félix 340 W Broadway

Ariane Daguin (chef, founder – D’artagnan): “The chef, Pierre, makes these really mean buffalo wings. I’ve always admired how hard Pierre works while still being passionate about his craft and having fun with it. I want to make it very clear that Pierre is a true bistro chef – he brings very traditional dishes made perfectly. To the T.”

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Fiat Cafe 203 Mott St

Sandeep Salter (co-founder – Picture Room and Goods for the Study): “It’s kind of the definitive coffee spot in the neighborhood. It’s super comfortable, they’ve got great food, it’s kid-friendly, the owners and staff are all wonderful people, and you always see people you know.”

Sandeep Salter Fiat Cafe

Gasoline Alley Coffee 325 Lafayette St

Audrey Gingras (founder – Archetype Showroom): “The Gasoline guys make a mean cup of coffee that never fails to keep my brain on point.”

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Happy Bones 394 Broome St

Michael Chernow (co-founder – The Meatball Shop, founder – Seamore’s): “I’ve never had a bad espresso there, the atmosphere is always low-key and regular, and the majority of people who drink coffee in this neighborhood pop into Happy Bones for a reason.”

Michael Chernow Happy Bones

Kam Hing Coffee Shop 118 Baxter St

Yu-Ming Wu (co-founder – Sneakernews, Sneaker Con, partner – Stadium Goods): “Kam Hing is an old school spot that’s been around forever. It’s a coffee shop that’s renowned for its sponge cakes.” La Colombe 270 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012 Daniel Boulud (chef, restaurateur): “[The partners at La Colombe have] grown their business very carefully and are extremely committed to the craft and the community around them.”

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Ladurée 398 W Broadway

Ariane Daguin (chef, founder – D’artagnan): “Their attention to detail is second to none – you can clearly see that when you walk through their incredible West Broadway space.”

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Lovely Day 196 Elizabeth St

Mike Hernandez (pro skateboarder, career firefighter – FDNY Ladder Company 118): “For whatever reason, the staff – both men and women alike – are all good looking here. More importantly, the food is crazy.”

Mike Hernandez Lovely Day

Miss Lily’s 132 W Houston St

Didier Lerebours (founder – New Distribution House): “I don’t know how they make them but the Miss Lily’s patty is like an elevated version of the ones I’ve eaten my whole life…I almost compare it to a boeuf bourguignon.”

Didier Lerebours Miss Lily's

Parm 248 Mulberry St

Rocky Xu (classified): “There’s no scene, it’s not hyped, and there’s no pretension. The food is consistently on point, whether you’re getting a platter or a sandwich. Oh, the Italian fries are banging.”

Rocky Xu Parm

Pasquale Jones 187 Mulberry St

Tyler Haney (founder – Outdoor Voices): “All about the Clam Pizza. Seriously, go try it. Pasquale Jones is a gem.”

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Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich Deli 369 Broome St

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne (founders and creative directors – Public School): “You can’t go wrong here. It’s a family-owned joint with the simplest menu of all time. Banh Mi… The bread is perfectly crunchy – maybe too perfectly crunchy – if you eat a lot of it there’s a high probability that you’re going to cut the roof of your mouth. It’s still the perfect meal in a sandwich, though.” The Butcher’s Daughter Angie Martinez (radio personality, best-selling author): “They have these spicy kale salads that I’m absolutely obsessed with…if I’m in the mood for that, nothing else will satisfy that craving. It’s an incredible salad.”

The Handy Bar 527 Broome St

Nigel Sylvester (pro BMX rider): “It’s a super low-key, classic New York City spot. I’m chilling there and getting a drink whenever I can.”