Quick Hit: Raoul's

This venerable French brasserie in SoHo still has it.  While it is small, the scene is beautiful people, and approachable food for the masses.  A large bar is the focus as you enter and past that there is a petit dining area.  The service is warm and inviting, never stuffy or snotty.  The restrooms are accessed by a diminutive circular staircase leading to the second floor.  Awaitng you there are not only unisex bathrooms, but a palm reader, in case you have to wait your turn to go.

I went in recently craving a good place to "people watch"(a favorite NYC activity) and somthing to fill my stomach.  You start with a baguette with butter and a simple green salad.  I decided to have a bistro classic.  The steak au poive was spicy with a nice crust of peppers and juicy on the inside.  Paired with a nice cabernet, you have a classic meal that satisfies.

The food is simple yes, but really it is the convenience of a great location(near tons of shopping) and great crowd, a winning combination.

RAOUL'S
180 Prince Street between Thompson & Sullivan