We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hidden gems near this hotel?

Brandon, Florida
Level Contributor
512 posts
Save Topic
Hidden gems near this hotel?

I'm coming back for a long weekend in March to run the NYC half marathon. Looking to do this trip on a tight budget, so I am using my Wyndham Points for the hotel. The only thing I could get was the brand new Howard Johnson Manhattan Soho on Allen St. *I know it's more like Chinatown, but they are calling it Soho.

I've stayed all over Manhattan and realize this is not the most convenient area for subway etc, but I'm asking for any hidden gems in the neighborhood. Restaurants, stores, anything interesting? Thanks in advance.

Mentioned in this post
SoHo
SoHo
3,675 Reviews
New York City, NY
The Allen Hotel
The Allen Hotel
58 Reviews
New York City, NY
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
1,033 posts
155 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Hidden gems near this hotel?

That area has a lot of history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Street

It's close to the Bowery, which also has a lot of history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowery

Here's a restaurant that was recommended to me on Chowhound, that's on Allen St, that I haven't tried yet.

http://www.rayuelanyc.com/

I've also heard good things about Sorella. http://www.sorellanyc.com/

Quite a few artsy/indie boutiques within walking distance.

Edited: 12:24 am, January 15, 2013
Mentioned in this post
The Allen Hotel
The Allen Hotel
58 Reviews
New York City, NY
New York City, New...
Level Contributor
6,678 posts
53 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Hidden gems near this hotel?

Subway is not that bad and you get some variety. A few lines are more or less nearby.

Near Roasting Plant coffee on Orchard St. I like their coffee.

http://roastingplant.com

And near donut plant. Really really good.

http://doughnutplant.com

And, for dessert, the Pickle Guy

https://www.pickleguys.com

http://nymag.com/listings/stores/pickle_guys/

Also Prosperity Dumpling

http://prosperitydumpling.com

nymag.com/listings/…

You're not too far from the Tenement Museum, if you haven't done that. It's different

http://www.tenement.org

Also tho I never went Eldridge St. Synagogue Museum

http://www.eldridgestreet.org

Hang out in Seward Park

www.nycgovparks.org/parks/sewardpark/history

Mentioned in this post
Subway
Subway
6 Reviews
New York City, NY
Tenement Museum
Tenement Museum
5,775 Reviews
New York City, NY
London, United...
Destination Expert
for Wakefield
Level Contributor
6,177 posts
43 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Hidden gems near this hotel?

I personally think you need to look at a map, because I think it is extremely convenient for subway lines

Within around 10 minutes walk of this hotel, you have 6 / N / Q / J / Z / F / B / D lines at various different subway stations.

Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
10,242 posts
26 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Hidden gems near this hotel?

I second taking time to visit the Tenement Museum. You need to book a tour to visit the house. I am really glad I took the advice from posters on this Forum and went an hour earlier than my booked tour so I could watch the video (...about 30 minutes...but you don't need to see it from the start for it to make sense) and visit the wonderful bookshop.

Mentioned in this post
Tenement Museum
Tenement Museum
5,775 Reviews
New York City, NY
Brandon, Florida
Level Contributor
512 posts
Save Reply
5. Re: Hidden gems near this hotel?

Thanks guys, it is closer to the subway than I originally thought. I have been to the Tenement Museum before and Doughnut Plant. I will be going for donuts again! I'm just not as familiar with the area as other places I've stayed. It's just not that convenient for Central Park and the theater, but I do enjoy exploring new areas, so I think I'll be fine!

Mentioned in this post
Tenement Museum
Tenement Museum
5,775 Reviews
New York City, NY
Doughnut Plant
Doughnut Plant
750 Reviews
New York City, NY
Central Park
Central Park
114,349 Reviews
New York City, NY
Staten Island, New...
Destination Expert
for Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Level Contributor
12,619 posts
49 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Hidden gems near this hotel?

This is a very busy area traffic and foot wise. One of the hottest dining in NYC right now Mission Chinese Food is nearby

New York City, New...
Level Contributor
16,413 posts
13 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Hidden gems near this hotel?

That hotel is walking distance to every restaurant in Chinatown, Nolita, and the Lower East Side, so your dining choices are legion. Are there particular kinds of food that you are interested in?

Mentioned in this post
Nolita
Nolita
55 Reviews
New York City, NY
Lower East Side
Lower East Side
139 Reviews
New York City, NY
New York City, New...
Level Contributor
43,600 posts
Save Reply
8. Re: Hidden gems near this hotel?

Much more interesting area than Times Square and you can be up at Central park pretty quick as well as most other places. The nice thing is is that you are closer from there to a lot of interesting neighborhoods.

Mentioned in this post
Times Square
Times Square
44,124 Reviews
New York City, NY
Central Park
Central Park
114,349 Reviews
New York City, NY
Manhattan
Level Contributor
9,271 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Hidden gems near this hotel?

I think it may be time to expand your notion of theatre to think about Off and OFF OFF Broadway. Here's a link for OFF OFF Broadway vouchers from TDF

tdf.org/TDF_ServicePage.aspx?id=102&%20do=v

Here are posts about a wander I did in the neighborhood a couple of years ago. You have lots to explore

tdf.org/TDF_ServicePage.aspx?id=102&%20do=v

Enjoy the Half Marathon!

Mentioned in this post
Marathon
Marathon
Florida Keys, FL
New York City, New...
Level Contributor
2,557 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Hidden gems near this hotel?

I second the Eldridge Street Synagogue (do the tour if you can) and that it's a good area for off- and off-off Broadway, where you will see more locals than tourists.