Where New York - - In The 'Hood -

NoHo (for “North of Hous­ton Street”) is one of the city‘s tini­est neigh­bor­hoods—but proves that some­times less is more. The bounty of restau­rants at the neighborhood‘s south­ern end are among the city’s most ac­claimed. The Smile 26 Bond St., 646.329.5836 (cozy, sub­ter­ranean Mediter­ranean café) Gato 324 Lafayette St., 212.334.6400 (Bobby Flay spot of­fer­ing Span­ishac­cented fare) Saxon + Pa­role 316 Bow­ery, 212.254.0350 (bistro with meat- cen­tric eats and house­made whiskey)

The artsy, nar­row slice of a neighborhood car­ries charm­ing bou­tiques, vin­tage and so­phis­ti­cated fash­ion houses, and the city’s only in­de­pen­dently owned pho­tog­ra­phy book­store.

Love Adorned 269 El­iz­a­beth St., 212.431.5683 (mix of new and vin­tage jewelry and col­or­ful home decor)

Zero Maria Cornejo 33 Bleecker St., 212.925.3849 (min­i­mal­ist bou­tique with house-la­bel fash­ions) Dash­wood Books 33 Bond St., 212.387.8520 (de­voted ex­clu­sively to pho­tog­ra­phy books)

This funky neighborhood has an eclec­tic con­cen­tra­tion of hot wa­ter­ing holes, from spirit-spe­cific spots to laid-back joints with top-notch cock­tails.

The Wren 33 Bow­ery, 212.388.0148 (rus­tic eatery with hearty, up­scale pub eats and craft cock­tails)

Ghost Don­key 4 Bleecker St., 212.254.0350 (stylish bar for mescals, tequi­las and Mexican bites) Sweet­wa­ter So­cial 643 Broad­way, 212.253.0477 (un­der­ground bar, join­ing high- end cock­tails, foos­ball and pool) NoHo’s un­con­ven­tional char­ac­ter and rich ar­chi­tec­ture makes for a fine af­ter­noon walk. Whether it’s live po­etry read­ings or clas­si­cal the­atre per­for­mances, this neighborhood, which in­cludes the home of Andy Warhol, has much to of­fer.

The Hole 312 Bow­ery, 212.466.1100 (con­tem­po­rary art gallery with two ex­hibits per month)

Blue Man Group 434 Lafayette St., 212.260.8993 (comic, in­ter­ac­tive show with a blue-painted cast) The Public The

ater 425 Lafayette St., 212.539.8500 (award­win­ning the­ater com­plex and din­ner the­ater) For more things to do in NoHo, go to where­trav­

[From bot­tom] Out­door seat­ing at The Wren; Blue Man Group per­for­mance; in­te­rior of Gato.

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