There is a culinary world that reaches far beyond the juicy burgers, soft bagels, and melt-in-your-mouth pizza you’ll find in abundance around Soho. In fact, you can discover adventurous, authentically made fare from far-flung corners of the globe without venturing far from your 70 Charlton residence. No need to bring your passport. Just show up with an empty stomach for this tour of some of the finest in world cuisine.
12 Chairs Cafe | 56 MacDougal Street
Soho is a constantly changing neighborhood, but the dishes at 12 Chairs have always been home cooked, made to order, and utterly delicious. Indulge in a languorous weekend brunch featuring a Greek omelette, a tangy shakshuka, or the 12 Chairs flagship Israeli Breakfast (concocted with eggs, Israeli salad, cheeses, and dips). Or come later in the day to feast on the tilapia cooked in spicy Moroccan tomato sauce, or the divine chicken livers, dished up with mashed potatoes. You can travel to a different Middle Eastern country, via your taste buds, every time you visit 12 Chairs.
Uncle Boons | 7 Spring Street
Lauded by publications such as The New Yorker, Time Out, and Eater, Uncle Boons is one of New York’s most accomplished Thai restaurants. One look at the menu will have you reaching for your phone to book a table. The charcoal-grilled octopus is divine; the green curry snails are as delicious as they are surprising; and the crunchy green mango and avocado salad, sprinkled liberally with peanuts, is a dish vegetarians can savor. It would be a great oversight not to conclude your meal with a Bolan cocktail — mixed with jasmine tea, lemongrass, and bitters.
EN Japanese Brasserie | 435 Hudson Street
Tokyo may be some 6,700 miles away from the apartments at 70 Charlton, but EN Japanese Brasserie is a breezy five-minute walk — and the food is on par with many of the top restaurants you’ll find in Japan. A veritable jewel box of delicate Asian dishes includes grilled black cod, fresh-scooped tofu, lobster tempura with snow crab dipping sauce, and thinly sliced pork belly with lotus root. Every individual plate in this elegant, low-lit space is a miniature masterpiece. Cups of sake and shōchū, selected by a sommelier, complete this exotic Soho dining odyssey.
Boqueria | 171 Spring Street
The delicious hustle and bustle of Barcelona, and its world-renowned small-plates culture, bursts into life at Boqueria — a buzzing Soho bar serving from brunch until dinner. Come early in the day to gorge on traditional Spanish creamy mushroom and black truffle aioli croquettes (washed down with sangria), or call in at lunch to pick at succulent slices of Serrano ham, before tucking into the Barcelona Bowl, heaving with lamb meatballs, sheep’s milk cheese, chickpeas, poached eggs, and rice. For dinner, we recommend some seafood: the baby squid with white beans, artichokes, and squid ink; or the paella de mariscos — studded with monkfish, squid, clams, shrimp, and mussels. Deliciosa!