We’ve never been fans of the SoHo area because the shops and restaurants are too expensive for us, but on this trip we discovered there are some good things in the neighborhood: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, John Lennon exhibits, flipping through design books at Phaidon, and eating a gigantic dosa at Hampton Chutney.
Had we known about Hampton Chutney sooner, we would have had reason to venture to SoHo more often. We split a dosa, light, crispy sour-dough crepes made from rice, filled with calamata olives, tomato, roasted onion, goat cheese, and arugula. The chutneys that accompanied it were superb. And considering the dosa’s size, $9.95 wasn’t a bad price. We also tried an amazing cup of butternut squash with roasted red pepper soup. So a place where you can get affordable and delicious food in SoHo does exist. Too bad we found out after we moved out of the city.