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Here's 13 of our go-to spots around Spring Studios. 

Food & Wine Editors
February 07, 2018

You can work up a real appetite watching models walk the runway. Luckily, there are a lot of great restaurants and cafés near New York Fashion Week’s location this year in west Soho. Some are further afield, but they are all within walking distance—depending on your heel height, of course. Whether you're looking for a quiet place to retreat from all the action or one of the city's best options for pastries and lunch on-the-go, we've got you covered. Here are 13 spots we recommend, in no particular order. 

Takashi456 Hudson St. near Barrow, (212) 414-2929

If you ever get a hankering for beef heart—or perhaps a decidedly less intimidating slice of shoulder—this is the place to go. 

Chomp Chomp7 Cornelia St. near Sixth Ave., (212) 929-2888

Fun and no-frills, Chomp Chomp should be your go-to for Singaporean food like crunchy pasembur salad or Hainanese chicken rice. 

Hudson Clearwater: 447 Hudson St. at Morton Street, (212) 989-3255

No matter the time of day, Hudson Clearwater is perpetually packed, a sign of good service, great cocktails, and even better food. (In warm weather, check out the charming garden.)

Malatesta: 649 Washington St. near Christopher Street, (212) 741-1207

This cash-only spot is a bargain for the true Italian plates it offers. Think hearty pasta, spinach gnocchi and crisp, sourdough bread brought fresh and hot to your table.

Jeju Noodle Bar: 679 Greenwich Street, (646) 666-0947

This isn’t the Shin ramyun of your college days. Chef Douglas Kim, an alum of Per Se, reimagines the staple instant noodle with wobbly pork belly, house-made white kimchi and scallion oil. Pro tip: Order the chicken wings, made even more craveable with a bit of seaweed in the seasoning. 

Mah-Ze-Dahr: 28 Greenwich Avenue, (212) 498-9810

Baker Umber Ahmad makes the most lovely sweets, like light-as-air choux filled with vanilla cream and brioche doughnuts (with the holes!). It’s the perfect start to any day.

Bâtard: 239 W Broadway, (212) 219-2777

Drew Nieporent’s ode to classic fine dining is a spectacular place to splurge on French classics like steak tartare and near-perfect roast chicken, washed down with Burgundy, of course. 

Locanda Verde: 377 Greenwich Street, (212) 925-3797

Located in The Greenwich (Robert DeNiro’s hotel), chef Andrew Carmellini offers classic, sharply executed Italian food that is delightfully rustic for its trendy setting.

Arcade Bakery: 220 Church Street, (212) 227-7895

Inconspicuously located in the lobby of an office building, this bakery may not appear to be one of NYC's finest, but get in line with other New Yorkers in-the-know and you'll quickly be convinced. The breads and croissants are great, but don't miss out on the pizza, served at lunchtime. 

Cafe Altro Paradiso: 234 Spring Street, (646) 952-0828

There are many great bowls of cacio e pepe in the city, but Ignacio Mattos's casual restaurant serves one of the best. Hit the restaurant for during the day for a sun-drenched lunch.  

Jack's Wife Freda: 224 Lafayette, (212) 510-8550

This all-day spot is what Instagram dreams are made of, but the food—think shakshuka and matzo ball soup—is a cut above the rest, too.

Little Owl: 90 Bedford St. at Grove Street, 212-741-4695

You’ll know when you’ve reached Little Owl because you’ve already seen it a hundred times before—on your TV screen, that is. It’s the adorable blue-and-red hued café often shown at the bottom of the Friends’ apartment building. Just like the show, this one’s a classic.

Aria: 117 Perry St. near Greenwich Street, 212-242-4233

In the uber-expensive West Village, Aria stands out not only for its delicious pasta dishes but for its prices; pastas cost no more than $14. If it's busy—as it often is—consider stopping by Contenna, a sister restaurant that shares the same menu but (often) not its long wait list.