Once home to many of New York City's artists, Soho (the name stands for South of Houston; the neighborhood is bounded by Houston Street to the north, Canal Street/Chinatown to the south, Lafayette Street to the east and the Hudson River to the west) has long since been overtaken by the super-wealthy, and the neighborhood has the high-end restaurants and boutiques to prove it, mostly clustered in the north of the neighborhood, along Prince and Spring Streets.
The more expensive shops can be found west of Broadway, which itself is lined with bigger chain stores such as Crate & Barrel & Pottery Barn, Banana Republic and H&M. Balthazar and Blue Ribbon are only two of the many, many eating and drinking options in Soho; go off the beaten path a bit to find less-well-known options like Café Noir. Visitors may also enjoy a walk through Soho's official historic district, known for its cast-iron architecture and cobblestone streets; the area is bounded by Houston Street, West Broadway, Canal Street and Crosby Street.
East of Lafayette Street, Nolita (it stands for North of Little Italy) is packed with smaller, edgier boutiques and hip restaurants and bars (Café Habana, Public, Peasant) and is perfect for an afternoon of shopping, lunching and people-watching. Pizza lovers will find one of the city's top slices at Little Italy gem Lombardi's.
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