How to Spend a Day in NYC's Fashionable NoHo

This fashion-packed neighborhood offers tons of things to do within it's tiny square footage.

We brought together an A-list of spots you should hit if you happen to stroll through NoHo (for “North of Houston Street”) one of the city‘s tiniest neighborhoods. Though it only spans a few blocks, it proves that sometimes less is more. 

Where to Eat

The bounty of restaurants at the neighborhood‘s southern end are among the city’s most acclaimed.  The Smile cozy, subterranean Mediterranean café is always full of artistic types and models and serves a fantastic brunch. Bobby Flay mainstay Gato offers Spanish-accented fare and is a great jumping-off spot to grab a few tapas and a cocktail (or two) before heading out for some high fashion SoHo shopping. Saxon + Parole an equestrian-themed American eatery that serves meat-centric eats and housemade whiskey. You can even have your own bottle of a special cocktail saved with your name in a cocktail cabinet of curiosities.

Where to Shop

The artsy, narrow slice of a neighborhood carries charming boutiques, like Love Adorned with a mix of new and vintage jewelry and colorful home decor, as well as vintage and sophisticated fashion houses. For example, Zero Maria Cornejo, a minimalist boutique offers house-label fashions and on-trend pieces for reasonable prices. If you spend hours just scrolling gorgeous images on Insta, make sure to visit the city’s only independently owned photography bookstore, Dashwood Books devoted exclusively to photography books.

Ghost Donkey interior

Where to Drink

This funky borough has an eclectic concentration of hot watering holes, from spirit-specific spots like Ghost Donkey. It's a stylish bar bathed in red string lights focused on mescals, tequilas serving up classic cocktails like old fashions with a smokey twist. If that’s not your flavor there’s the laid-back joint Sweetwater Social, an underground bar with foosball and pool, with way above average cocktails. The Wren bistro brings a sophisticated feel to the street with adorable rustic outdoor seating and hearty, upscale pub eats and craft cocktails.

The Best Things to Do

NoHo’s unconventional character and rich architecture make for a fine afternoon walk. Whether it’s exploring the latest exhibit at The Hole, a contemporary art gallery with two exhibits per month or catch a theatre performance at award-winning theater complex and dinner theater The Public Theater (this is where Hamilton premiered before its Broadway debut.) The interactive comedic show Blue Man Group also lives here and if you haven't seen it, that's a fun ride for the sense and it’s also very family-friendly. This neighborhood, which includes the home of Andy Warhol, has much to offer so take a half day and explore this cute little wedge of a neighborhood.

Farah Lopez
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Farah Lopez is the Marketing Editor and a French-Canadian transplant living in SoBro (South Bronx). Follow her food-o...