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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The original Blue Ribbon in Soho, in which you can eat bone marrow, fried chicken, and oysters from a white table cloth at 3am. What a world.
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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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