Speaking of venerable Manhattan food establishments that inspire nostalgia, the Soho Memory Project has a great remembrance of Food, the pioneering cooperative restaurant opened by eight Soho artists in 1971.
Located on the northwest corner of Prince and Wooster streets, its spare, all-white decor and open kitchen prophesied many a restaurant’s design, while its seasonal, often local food similarly was well ahead of its time. “[C]hunky soups, the thick, yummy slices of wheat bread with sweet butter … and those enormous slices of carrot cake big enough to feed a family of four” inspired a loyal clientele, as did the prices — as a New York review of the restaurant noted, you could get dinner for between $2.50 and $4. Ultimately, the restaurant, which closed in 1988, became “more like a stop on a SoHo ‘reality tour,'” making it not only an auger of dining trends to come, but the fate of Lower Manhattan.
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