Omen Azen has been around for decades, and it’s the sort of place where you might come for a weeknight meal and see Patti Smith sitting a few tables over. It’s a neighborhood spot that serves somewhat healthy things like sashimi, teriyaki, and avocado salad. The restaurant is in the bottom of a small apartment building, and it’s a casual, charming space with brick walls and lamps hanging from the ceiling. Bring a friend that isn’t currently eating anything that could have plausibly touched butter, and enjoy a relatively quiet meal.
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St Tropez Soho
The Soho location of St Tropez, a French spot with a bunch of small plates and wines by the glass, works for drinks and a light bite with a date.
La Sirène has changed a bit over the last few years, but this French cult favorite in a strange part of SoHo is still pretty damn good and pretty damn authentic.
Papatzul seems to be just more middle-of-the road Mexican that pairs acceptably with strong margaritas. It’s the kind of place where you have to yell at the person sitting across from you, and should probably order everything the moment you see your server because you might not see him again for a while.
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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Somehow, the Blue Ribbon brand’s new spot is just as excellent as its other outposts, despite being in a Midtown hotel. This place is, however, insanely expensive.
Fire + Water
Fire + Water is a vegan restaurant in the East Village with a chef’s counter serving an omakase, and a separate space devoted to dim sum.
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For your next special occasion/fancy night out dinner in SoHo, consider the French fine dining at Le Coucou.
Raoul’s has been a Soho institution since the '70s. If you can’t have a good time at this French bistro, you probably can’t have a good time anywhere.
Little Prince needs a lot of fine tuning. We really wanted to love this place. But don’t hire a bunch of waiters just because they look cool, and don’t fail on technique when you’re serving French food.
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