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.