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New York City Guide: How to Spend a Day in the Fashionable NoHo

This fashion-packed neighborhood offers tons of things to do within it's tiny square footage.

Exploring New York City's NoHo

We brought together an A-list of spots you should hit if you happen to stroll through NoHo (for “North of Houston Street”) one of the city‘s tiniest neighborhoods. Though it only spans a few blocks, it proves that sometimes less is more. 

Eat

The bounty of restaurants at the neighborhood‘s southern end are among the city’s most acclaimed.  The Smile cozy, subterranean Mediterranean café is always full of artistic types and models and serves a fantastic brunch. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is the perfect spot to indulge in some deep-fried comfort food. Levain Bakery is home to some of the most famous chocolate chip cookies in the world. 

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Fried Chicken (©Shardar Tarikul Islam)

Play

NoHo’s unconventional character and rich architecture make for a fine afternoon walk. Whether it’s exploring the latest exhibit at The Hole, a contemporary art gallery with two exhibits per month or catch a theatre performance at award-winning theater complex and dinner theater The Public Theater (this is where Hamilton premiered before its Broadway debut.) The interactive comedic show Blue Man Group also lives here and if you haven't seen it, that's a fun ride for the sense and it’s also very family-friendly. This neighborhood, which includes the home of Andy Warhol, has much to offer so take a half day and explore this cute little wedge of a neighborhood.

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(Courtesy Blue Man Group)

Drink

The Wren bistro brings a sophisticated feel to the street with adorable rustic outdoor seating and hearty, upscale pub eats and craft cocktails.  Phebe is the perfect spot for happy hour with friends. Enjoy traditional Irish pub vibes at the Swift Hibernian Lounge.

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Guinness Pint Glass (©Phillip Glickman)

Shop

The artsy, narrow slice of a neighborhood carries charming boutiques, like Love Adorned with a mix of new and vintage jewelry and colorful home decor, as well as vintage and sophisticated fashion houses. For example, Zero Maria Cornejo, a minimalist boutique offers house-label fashions and on-trend pieces for reasonable prices. If you spend hours just scrolling gorgeous images on Insta, make sure to visit the city’s only independently owned photography bookstore, Dashwood Books devoted exclusively to photography books.

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Photography Book (©True Agency)