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SoHo Neighborhood Guide NYC

Neighborhood Guide: SoHo

When you are making your way around the city and start to see streets that are flagged with artistic stones, buildings that look like well-preserved antiques and boutiques that fit almost every fashion style you can think of – you are in SoHo. This historic area has become a shopping mecca for natives and tourist alike as the streets are always buzzing especially on holidays and weekends. A lot of people come to New York just to hit this 26 block neighborhood which packs more than you can imagine onto every street.

SoHo is a shoppers’ haven as the area is surrounded by high-end, specialty and other types of boutiques (including a shop that has fossil jewelry and scorpion paper weights). There is no doubt why New Yorkers describe SoHo as a place where people go for shopping. There are a lot of designer stores in SoHo including Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Coach and Burberry. Other major stores in SoHo include Banana Republic, UNIQLO, American Eagle, J Crew and H&M.

Food is another factor that makes SoHo desirable. SoHo has a lot of restaurants many of which have a 4 star and 5 star reputation. Some restaurants in SoHo include Fiamma Osteria, Mercer Kitchen, Lure Fishbar and Balthazar amongst others. These restaurant tend to be on the higher price scale, so they are definitely hot spots you should look into for Restaurant Week.

In terms of accommodations, there are different parts of SoHo you might choose to stay in and a lot of this depends on your budget. You could get a place in Central SoHo if you want to pretend to reside next to the rich and the famous for a few days. The area is very active and living in this part puts you right in the center of all the action when you stay at hotels like Trump SoHo or The Mercer Hotel. However if you don’t want to empty your wallet on a hotel room, look more towards Western SoHo where you should be able to get a good deal at the Courtyard or Four Points by Sheraton.

SoHo nightlife will want you to continue having fun until the sun comes up. Some of these spots include Grand Bar, Cipriani SoHo, Grand Hotel, Park and S.O.B. amongst others. The great thing about night life in SoHo, is just like the fashion shops, there is something for everyone. You could be looking for a piano bar, a themed bar, or if you love a good party, there are plenty of dance clubs – so you just need to find what is right for you.

Oh and we can’t forget – do you know what exactly SoHo means? It is just a play-off of its location, ‘South of Houston’.

Transportation options form Newark Airport.

Transportation Options from Newark Airport to Manhattan

Airport Shuttle

Share-ride service is great for a wide variety of travelers, including those who don’t want to spend a lot on their airport transportation. A service like GO Airlink will pick you up at the airport and drop you safely to your hotel with no hassles. You can book in advance so that you know there will be a ride for you when you land in Newark.

Traveling via shuttle is great for both individuals and groups. If you’re traveling solo, you can feel comfortable knowing you are traveling with people just like you. They could be tourist, or locals, but everyone has fun stories to share about the Big Apple. Groups are welcomed aboard shuttles as well, in fact, the more you book, the bigger discount you can get! One way tickets start at about $16.

 

Public Transportation

Even though Newark Airport is in another state, there is still public transportation that can connect you to Manhattan. The AirTrain Station located in the airport will take you to a NJ Transit train station which then will finally leave you in New York City. It might not be the easiest or most direct way but it will only cost you about $5.50 to get to the City, so at least your wallet will be happy.

 

Taxis

Once you arrive in NYC, you’ll see that there are taxis almost everywhere, and the airports are no exception. When you arrive in Newark Airport, you’ll find a line of cabs waiting to take you to city as fast as they can. The meters are regulated by the City, however they also run from the time you get in the taxi until you get to your destination.

If you are traveling during an off peak time, a taxi should cost you around $50-$60. However, if you are traveling during a peak time (6am – 9am or 4pm-7pm) then you’re going to be charged a $5 surcharge as well as have to deal your meter running a little longer due to traffic. When it comes to cabs, it’s a coin toss for cost, so think about how good your luck is before deciding if you’ll be taking one.

 

Private Car Service

You’re in New York City and you want to get around in style – we’ve got you covered. Taking a private sedan or SUV locks in a price ahead of time, assures someone is waiting for you at the airport and lets you sit back and decompress after your long day of traveling. Although you’ll find this option a little more expensive, sometimes you can’t put a price tag on convenience.

 

NYC Summer Restaurant Week is Back!

NYC Restaurant Week 2015 is back once again to brighten our summer even more. Twice a year you don’t have to worry about spending an outrageous amount of money in New York City’s finest restaurants. Instead you worry about how you’re going to decide on which hot spots and hidden gems to go to during the almost month long foodie celebration. You’ll need to come up with a strategic plan on how to sift through the over 350 restaurants to make sure your cover all basis.

So what exactly is the deal?

The deal, is a big deal – 3 courses for either $25 during lunch and $38 during dinner. Some of the restaurants run the special with no restrictions others have ‘lunch only’ or ‘not valid on Saturdays’. You have plenty of time to get the most deals you can, Restaurant “Week” is more like Restaurant “Month” running from July 20th to August 14th.

Reservations

If you are looking to hit some of the more popular spots like Mercer Kitchen, The Palm Court or Mr. Chow, you’ll need to already have reservations or be okay with eating at 10:00pm. These are definitely restaurants that have coveted seats, and not only during Restaurant Week. Our advice when it comes to these hard to book places, is to wait until the day of and wait on any cancellations. Using OpenTable is an easy way to keep check up on this and book a table as soon as you find a match.

Restaurants

With there being over 350 restaurants, it’s hard to cover them all but here are some suggestions you should put towards the top of your 2015 list.

David Burke Kitchen – One of our personal favorites, this creative menu takes ordinary food and gives it the perfect amount of “umph”. Located on Grand Street, this restaurant offers a country-barn-loft feel and offers indoor or outdoor dining. The menu includes rustic but modern dishes like Skuna Bay Salmon Tartare and Creekstone Farms Beef Short Rib.

Lure Fishbar – This upscale fish restaurant will let your try top of the line food without causing your wallet to explode. Lure has one of the most coveted tables during Restaurant Week because where else are you going to get an Oyster Sampler, Nori Crusted Tuna and Valrhona Chocolate Cake for just $38? Keep in mind you are getting a deal with your meal, so when you see the drink menu is $16 and up, don’t panic.

STK Midtown – Although STK only offers a lunch menu for Restaurant Week, there is no reason not to schedule your client meetings here. This hot spot takes your traditional steakhouse and brings it up a notch with a cool, high-energy vibe. Offering their Classic Burger, Confit Chicken Sandwich and Pan Seared Branzino, this menu appeals to everyone.

Time is ticking, do your research, choose wisely and make 2015 NYC Restaurant Week reservations!