While there’s nothing quite like heading out into the great unknown to strike upon an adventure of the grandest kind, there are some days—when a rainstorm of hurricane strength threatens to rip your umbrella in twain, or when two feet of snow has just befallen your sidewalk, or when you’re just feeling plain, dare we say, lazy—that sticking closer to home seems to be the most appealing of options. That’s why, for this Block Party, we’re focusing squarely on SIXTY SoHo’s Thompson Street. As it turns out, you really don’t have to go very far to get everything you could ever want, proof that New York is always, always right at your very doorstep.
For those looking to indulge in chocolate that is all about quality over quantity, pick up a box of uniquely flavored truffles—black rose, black sesame, earl grey, or fennel will do—or some lavender macaroons. Specializing in unique ingredients culled everywhere from Japan to Spain, Kee’s pushes sugar to its most grown-up limits.
80 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
When it comes to SoHo dining, sometimes all you want to hear are those magic words “under the radar,” which usually means that instead of spending an hour clawing at your skin in absolutely despair while waiting for a table, you’ll be promptly seated and fed before your blood sugar takes a turn for the worst. Open for breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, and dinner, Vin et Fleurs offers a relaxed bistro atmosphere with French-American fare and a solid wine list to boot.
69 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
Weather permitting, this place is brimming with kids taking advantage of the pool, handball courts, and jungle gyms, while the older folk take the opportunity to sit around its perimeter on one of its many hospitable benches—always a welcome sight after a long day of shopping downtown.
Thompson Street btw Prince and Spring, New York, NY 10012
“I don’t mind that you’re attractive” a chalkboard announces outside the entrance to Ernest Alexander’s Thompson Street outpost. Voted Best New Men’s Designer in America by GQ, Ernest Alexander specializes in staples for a man with an eye for the hallmark of heritage brands. Think canvas bags, blue oxfords, and plaid pocket squares. Why not gild the lily, we say.
98 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
A neighborhood staple since 1999, this Mediterranean joint is about as small as its name might imply. With just five small tables, Snack serves up everything from the easy things like Greek salads and sandwiches, to sink-your-teeth-in specials like braised lamb and pastitsio. Snack—as it so often is in New York City—is proof that bigger isn’t better, and David always gives Goliath a run for his money.
105 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
For those who think the juice craze has just become a little too sterile (I mean, how many kale/carrot/sea salt drinks can one city offer?), Salud offers a more exotic alternative. Using organic ingredients and Latin flavors, Salud serves up smoothes like the Tulum Breeze (mango, strawberry, coconut flakes, agave, soy milk) and the Brazil Thrill (acai berry, blackberry, banana, apple cider). If you’re craving a snack on the run, there are options for health-conscious vegetarians and carnivores alike.
107 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
The most adorable store on all of Thompson Street caters to those under three feet tall. Makie, a children’s clothier out of Japan, has clothes and accessories for the most discriminating little friend in your life. With an eye for the tasteful patterns and unique fabrics, Makie will make you wish they made everything in “Big Kid” sizes for people like you.
109 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
Illustration by Max Wittert.