SoPo NYC Downtown Restaurants Need Our Support

Exterior of the Black Forty West, downtown NYC restaurant that lost power after Hurricane Sandy

Pete Wells, chief restaurant critic for the New York Times and possibly the most important restaurant critic on the planet, substituted this week’s usual restaurant review for a love letter guide of where to eat downtown in NYC. It also makes an impassioned plea for all New Yorkers to make a special effort to patronize the great restaurants in downtown NYC, all of which lost power and some even suffered serious damage from Hurricane Sandy. As a result some establishments lost a week’s worth of revenue as well as their entire stock in the following days and weeks without power. Wells is hardly alone, plenty of other bloggers and critics have also voiced their support for struggling downtown restaurants including the Village Voice’s Fork In the Road crew,  whose drew up an amazing comprehensive list of 100 Reasons to Eat and Drink Downtown in the area he calls, ‘SoPo’ or South of Power. 

In addition to all of the excellent New York City downtown restaurants we’ve discussed here before, we thought this was a good time to recommend a few other SoPo favorites of ours. These restaurants have served us great meals in the past and, we hope, will continue to do so far into the future. 

Downtown Restaurants Glenwood Loves

Pig and Khao,  Aldea,  Murray’s Cheese Bar,  Perla,  Barbarini Alimentari, this place suffered a lot of and may not reopen for some time but totally deserves all of your love the moment it does. Amazing,  Kin Shop,  Georgia’s Eastside Barbecue,  Num Pang,  Prima,  Victory Garden Soft-Serve,  The Wren, and Bianca.

Downtown Restaurants Glenwood Suggests You Love

Dining area of Mission Chinese Food in downtown NYC one of the restaurants to reopen after Hurricane Sandy

Mission Chinese Food 

One of the best new restaurants of 2012, this deceptively divey-looking spot on Orchard Street will make your face explode; with heat… and pleasure.  

Bobwhite Lunch Counter 

Is this the best fried chicken in New York City? Possibly. Terrific southern eats in a super-casual environment on Avenue C. Our advice, no matter how full you are, get the pecan pie bread pudding with homeade whipped cream. It's totally worth it.

Exterior window of Mile End Sandwich a downtown NYC restaurant that reopened after losing power due to hurricane sandy

Mile End Sandwich 

Jewish deli food by way of Montreal, on quiet, cobblestoned Bond Street. Everything's great here, but if you only go once, get the Pastrami and the Poutine.  


Jody Williams' lovely little French spot on Grove Street. We tried most of the menu here, the Cog au Vin, the Oxtail Marmalade, the Poulpes aux Olives–and loved it all. Especially the Chocolate Mousse. 

Empty table setting for Back Forty restaurant in downtown NYC that has reopened after loosing power to Hurricane Sandy

Back Forty West and Back Forty 

Both of Peter Hoffman's farm-to-table restaurants on Prince and Crosby, on Avenue B, respectively are fabulous. The Soho spot however, makes the perfect oasis during Soho holiday-shopping jags. 

Pok Pok Phat Thai 

There are three things on the menu at Andy Rricker's hole-in-wall joint on Rivington Street, and all three will make you happy. We believe the Kuaytiaw Khua Kai will make you happiest.     

Patrons in the dining area of Rosemary a downtown NYC restaurant that reopened after losing power during hurricane sandy


Arrive early to avoid the scene (and celebrities!), devour as much you can from the surprisingly gently-priced menu. A lively little trattoria includes a scerene roof garden.    

Northern Spy 

It's High Line stand is closed for the season, so go to the restaurant proper on East 12th Street for the super healthy, veggie-heavy always-a-pleasure fare. 

Patrons line up to get a slice at Joe's Pizza a popular NYC downtown pizzeria that has reopened after loosing power in Hurricane Sandy

Joe's Pizza 

Year in and year out, this Carmine Street slice joint makes our Best Pizza in Town list. Get one plain, one pepperoni then snag a stool by the front window and you are in classic NYC pizza heaven.    

Sullivan Street Bakery 

Jim Lahey's newish cafe on Ninth Avenue in Chelsea has all all sorts of sweet and savory bread-based delights. Also: coffee. And: beer. Next door is his equally good pizza place, Co.  


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