Rachel Soleil, lifestyle curator and concierge, shares 10 favorite places in SoHo:
APOTHEKE 9 Doyers Street #1
Take a stroll down one of New York’s most hidden streets. Behind a beat up façade and inside a former opium den, you’ll find an apothecary-themed cocktail bar. Apotheke’s carte du jour is divided into categories such as Health and Beauty, Stress Relievers, Pain Killers, Stimulants, and Aphrodisiacs.
GREECOLOGIES 379 Broome Street
Greecologies, a Greek Yogurt Bar in NoLita, crafts traditional homemade Greek yogurt the old fashioned way: on-site using locally sourced grass-fed milk. With a variety of unique topping options such as carrot, sour cherry, rose petal, and bergamot, there’s something for every palate.
PAPA POULE 189 Lafayette Street
At this très bon rotisserie chicken restaurant, you can eat in, take-out or have food delivered. Papa Poule’s menu has full, half, and quarter birds with side sauces of grébiche, béarnaise, barbecue, honey mustard, jerk, chimichurri, and aioli.
BAZ BAGEL 181 Grand Street
This Grand Street diner exudes a cool Floridian vibe. Take a seat at Baz’s counter for, bagels rolled by hand, smoked fish, and matzoh ball soup, just what the Jewish doctor ordered!
SUNS TEA SHOP 70 Bayard Street
Whether you’re a consummate tea drinker or curious about the intricacies of Chinese and Japanese herbs and teas, Sun’s Organic Tea Shop is the place to go. It’s difficult to find a retailer in Manhattan with as vast a selection as the proprietor Lorna Lai!
MIN NY 117 Crosby Street
On cobblestone-clad Crosby Street, you’ll find MiN NY, one of the world’s only bespoke perfumeries and apothecaries. Come in for a one-on-one consultation and design your own signature scent.
AMERICAN TWO SHOT 135 Grand Street
American Two Shot is part boutique, part gallery, part café. It caters to the city’s 20 and 30 somethings who appreciate a carefully edited selection of perfumes, vintage clothing, greeting cards, and an authentic Nicaraguan Flat White.
THE SHIP 158 Lafayette Street
To get to the The Ship, you’ll travel through an unassuming doorway and descend a flight of steps leading to a sexy little underground cocktail den.
DIMES 49 Canal Street
At this new micro eatery you can fill up on your share of splendid acai bowls, life changing salads, and unexpectedly delicious BLT’s, all with a side of fashionably attractive patrons that make for killer people watching.
MICHELE VARIAN 27 Howard Street
Tucked away on cozy Howard Street, Michele Varian is home to an adorable gift shop with antiquated jewels, hand-sewn pillows, and whimsical animal art. This is the perfect stop if you’re looking to bring home either an original piece or an eclectic collector’s item.
Lifestyle Curator and native New Yorker, Rachel Soleil has her finger on the pulse of city. Her background as a managing hotel concierge and as a consummate foodie has given her the where with all to get any job done.