August 14, 2011

Back in SoHo

I have always loved walking around and shopping in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. On our recent trip we spent an afternoon wandering around the streets checking out the trendy shops. The majority of shops sell clothing and accessories, however there are also chocolate shops, art galleries, and cafes.

For me a trip to SoHo is never complete without a visit to at least one of the two Camper shops. Camper, a shoe brand from Spain, has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. On this particular trip my outing to the shop resulted in the purchase of two new pairs.

With my new purchase in hand we decided it was time for a snack. There are some fantastic restaurants in SoHo - Balthazar, Zoƫ, and others - but we were looking for a small cafe instead.

Wandering along Greene Street we found Kelley and Ping and decided it would be a good place for our afternoon snack. Inside reminded me of an old Asian tea shop with a open kitchen where you order and pick up your food. The atmosphere was laid back and relaxing - the perfect antidote for the energy-filled SoHo streets.

We ordered placed our order at the counter - vegetable steamed dumplings for me, a wrap and shrimp steamed dumplings for Jonathan, and two ginger beers - and then sat down. The ginger was really good - strong and refreshing with bits of fresh ginger floating in the soda. The food was prepared quickly and soon we were enjoying our dumplings. I ate - and enjoyed - my vegetable dumplings and some of Jonathan’s shrimp ones. (And Jonathan enjoyed his wrap and what remained of his dumplings.) It was a perfect mid-afternoon snack!

Kelley and Ping is a good option for eating in SoHo when you do not want to sit at a fancy restaurant or painfully fashionable cafe, but still want tasty food. And the prices are quite reasonable for this area of Manhattan, so you can grab a snack and still have funds to buy a new pair of shoes (or two)...

Yes, that is a Sriracha bottle of soap in the bathroom at Kelley and Ping...

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