Tuesday 15th November 2016

By Mira Manek

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Each part of this buzzing city is different… but my favourite has to be Soho. Walking around in the blazing November sun all wrapped up, Christmas cheer starting to appear, with Thanksgiving around the corner, I couldn’t have picked a better weekend to be in New York. Whether it’s walking from Soho to Meatpacking or to the Lower East Side or to Union Square, there’s so many fabulous distractions on the way, delicious food, gorgeous boutiques and places to sit and people watch!

By Chloe

185 Bleecker Street

There was a queue to get a table on Saturday afternoon but it was well worth it. Luckily, there were three of us so we ordered a few dishes that we could all try – the way it should be done. The Guac Burger, Kale Caesar salad with shitake bacon, Spicy Thai with tempeh and quinoa was all delicious! I was a little cold and fancied something sweet, so let myself indulge in a super sweet hot chocolate made with almond milk topped with marshmallow pieces. I’m definitely going back!

Chobani

152 Prince Street/ West Broadway

These sweet and savoury Greek yoghurt creations are deliciously inventive, creative and gorgeous. I had a Greek yoghurt with hummus and za’atar and chickpeas, with a small portion of heart-warming lentil soup, followed by a sweet yogurt creation topped with dark chocolate, orange pieces, pistachios and mint. Grab a seat by the window – West Broadway has to be one of the best streets for people-watching.

Sanctuary T

337 B West Broadway

I popped into this charming restaurant for a roasted almond chai with lots of yummy chewy bits (the gorgeous pic above), but this place has over 50 brews, infused cocktails and a tea-based food menu. It’s a fun spot with a cool crowd!

Mok Bar, Chelsea market

75 9th Avenue, Meatpacking District

I love the Meatpacking district, just a fifteen minute walk from Soho, and Chelsea market has lots of great food all under one roof. The vegan ramen bowl at Mok Bar is simply perfect – tasty, spicy, wholesome and healthy.

Butcher’s Daughter

19 Kenmare St, Corner of Elizabeth Street

‘…we treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat’ love that! A cosy and earthy café, people walking in and out, great to sit outside if not too cold, and good food. I wasn’t very hungry so had a Solar Power green smoothie (frozen pineapple, avocado, kale, cilantro, young thai coconut and hemp protein), but I certainly want to come back for the food – Tacos Verdes for brunch with tempeh, avocado, Spicy Kale Caesar Salad and for dinner I want the Butcher’s Burger!

Greecologies

379 Broome Street

Such a beautiful light-filled spacious cafe where you can sit on sofas and work, enjoy Greek yoghurt – the real deal! And they have a delicious butternut squash soup for lunch, freshly baked cakes and lots more!

Sweetgreen

100 Kenmare St, and other locations

I discovered this on my last day on this trip… incredible salads, hearty portions and delicious combinations. I had one of their warm bowls, added some grilled sesame tofu and carrot and chilli vinaigrette.

Equinox juice bar

69 Prince Street

If you’re into juices and smoothies, Equinox gym has a brilliant bar downstairs, just off Broadway. You might spend a good half hour mulling over the menu – there really are a lot of options. But everything I’ve ever had here is delicious. From staple orange and carrot juices to Green smoothies with frozen coconut milk or hemp or almond milk to thick peanut and almond butter and banana smoothies and acai bowls. Just yummy! A good place to grab a juice to go.

La Esquina

114 Kenmare St

Fun, lively atmosphere, great Mexican food and difficult to get a booking. It’s all downstairs (don’t be fooled by the American diner exterior!) There’s a busy tequila bar, tables and secluded booths, and the food is fabulous! If you don’t have a booking, go for a drink and if you find a seat by the bar, order a few dishes!

Babycakes, Erin McKenna’s Bakery

248 Broome Street, between Orchard and Ludlow, Lower East Side

Stroll over to the lower east side for some delicious vegan cupcakes and doughnuts. A cute cosy bakery with all that is gluten free, egg, dairy and soy free.
www.erinmckennasbakery.com

Dirt Candy

86 Allen Street, between Grand and Broome, Lower East Side

And this was the last quick stop on my trip, again on the lower east side. It’s open in the evenings and for brunch on weekends – fabulous gourmet vegetarian dishes. Brussels Sprouts tacos was definitely an interesting fun one!
www.dirtcandynyc.com

Babuji

175 Avenue B, Lower East Side

This new restaurant came recommended by a few people – a real creative and fun approach to Indian dining. I didn’t make it in the end but can’t wait to visit next time!
www.babujinyc.com

Superiority Burger

430 east 9th Street, Lower East Side

Apparently this hole in the wall vegetarian spot has the best burgers in town – again didn’t make it this time!
www.superiorityburger.com

Fitness:

I like to fit in a yoga or spin class here and there when I can during all my trips and this time I started the weekend with a high-powered spin class at Soul Cycle – literally a few doors down from my hotel. I then went to Y7 during the week for a few hot vinyasa class in candlelight to hip hop music. Yogaworks on Broadway is also great for yoga. I do also love Jivamukti yoga in Union Square – always been one of my favourite yoga spots in New York, and their cafe is fabulous. If you want to try a barre class, Exhale Soho is great! Soho has so many fantastic options you’ll certainly manage to fit something in.

Where to stay:

There’s plenty of hotels in Soho, but I’d definitely recommend the Nomo Soho Hotel and The Broome Hotel – great locations and beautiful boutique hotels.

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