In SoHo, let your stomach be your guide


NEW YORK -- SoHo has become a food lover's dream. Longtime neighborhood ultra-grocery Dean & DeLuca makes a great place to start a walking tour of some of the city's most interesting culinary destinations.

Take the yellow line to the Prince Street subway station; the address is 560 Broadway at Prince.

Of course, you'll want to stop at Dean & DeLuca to see what food-fashion-conscious New Yorkers are putting in their checkout baskets these days: organic doughnuts, Out of a Flower sorbets, roasted root vegetables and Berkshire Farms ice creams. Ben and Jerry's is way out.

While you're walking in the vicinity, you'll likely find several soup kiosks on the sidewalk. Yes, that's N.Y.C. curbside soup service, where anything from mushroom barley to navy bean can be on the day's menu.

Want to catch a glimpse of a New York superstar chef relaxing at the end of a busy evening? Try the Blue Ribbon Restaurant, 97 Sullivan St., a casual cafe that stays open until 4 a.m.

Then there are the Blondees and their sidewalk cooking studio, 232 Elizabeth St.; 212-334-7371. Their aim is to be the "Today" show of the food world.

From their tiny storefront, Merry Clark and Terri Walegir broadcast live on the Internet, and sometimes passers-by can get in on the act. Ask a question or share a recipe.

Their Web site, "The Blondees' Kitchen: Ter and Mer Live!" is broadcast at www.theblondees .com. They also broadcast on, where they cook and interview chefs and other food celebrities, offer recipes and cooking tips.

And theirs is some act. Clark, originally from Austin, Texas, and Walegir, also a Texas native, are loud, boisterous and funny. Getting serious isn't part of their shtick.

But they are seriously good cooks who want to make cooking and entertaining fun, not drudgery.

Just ask them for some of the neighborhood spots of culinary interest. Here are a few of their picks:

* Chimera, 77 Mercer St.: lots of wild food jewelry, such as earrings that look like Doritos packages.

* Global Table, 107-109 Sullivan St.: beautiful Asian tabletop decorations and onyx pottery.

* Daily 2-3-5, 235 Elizabeth St.: chocolate Band-Aids "for life's boo-boos," tomato and celery colognes.

Pub Date: 3/15/98

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