“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Shop in Nolita until you drop at one of SoHo's sleek boutique hotels. The rebel child of Little Italy and SoHo, North of Little Italy ("NoLIta") packs indie fashion boutiques and date-worthy bistros into 16 blocks. SoHo is older and grander, with narrow streets lined with wrought iron and glass lofts dating back to the Industrial Revolution. Rising rents mean galleries have been replaced by chain stores in SoHo, but it's still a fabulous place to stay. But if you want to score a table in SoHo, call ahead. SoHo has Manhattan's most notorious waiting lists, especially at Balthazar. Cosmopolitan date nights call for foreign cinema at SoHo's Film Forum and Italian-accented fare at Nolita bistros like Peasant or Balaboosta. Nolita is home to the 1809 Old St Patrick Cathedral, but won't blame you if you skip mass Sunday mornings.