THE KOREAN MARKET
It always has the most beautiful vegetables, perfectly displayed and often produce that can be hard to purchase outside of Chinatown. Also, they have lots of other rare finds and the staples one always needs at 2am. As well, if you are lucky you might stumble in when one of the proprietors is singing Korean music from behind the cash register.
At the south/west corner of Prince and Thompson
Deservedly famous for their homemade raviolis in a variety of savoury pillows. Frozen or fresh they are the perfect and necessary addition to any NYC kitchen. Often the owner herself is there. An elegant lady who has minded the shoppe since its long ago inception.
On Houston between MacDougal and SullivanTHOMPSON CHEMISTS
Gary the owner and proprietor takes extra special care of all his regulars, delivers outside "the zone" and carries specialty items that the box chains wouldn't bother with. He will also get for you anything, even if he doesn't carry it. Its like stepping back into time, when a business took itself seriously, all who worked there were knowledgeable and helpful and knew the name of everyone who walked in the door.
On Thompson between Houston and Prince on the west side of the street12 CHAIRS
An Israeli establishment that serves delicious and well priced authentic cuisine. Such as Israeli salad and wonderful soups as well as countless other perfectly prepared treats. Many folks like sitting there for hours due to the homey environment, its pretty and quiet location and the kind service of the staff. Of course the food is the draw.
On MacDougal Street between Houston and Prince on the east side of the streetRAOUL'S
A Soho landmark. Established forever ago and still has the best steak and fries in the city. A cold artichoke is the perfect way to start your meal and if you enjoy a libation, there is nothing more cozy then sitting with a perfect glass of red wine while you await your appetizer - a small, dark and intimate spot, it has maintained its unique and sexy decor and is one of the few places you don't mind feeling like a true sardine when first crossing the threshold. The bottleneck slowly leads you to a wonderful meal and a memorable night. The mix of ambient music and people chatting is one of the great soundtracks you can hear in NYC.
On Prince Street between MacDougal and Thompson