Gothamist has a weakness for exposed kitchens, so the tamarind-chili glazed porkchops and grilled sirloin that come sizzling out of the wood-fired grill at Soho's Zoe is both a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds. Offering comforting staples of contemporary American fare like grilled salmon, tuna tartare, and lamb chops, Zoe offers abundant salads, steaks, fish, and pastas with all the right accoutrements: salmon dotted with parsley and oranges, ravioli with peas and shitake mushrooms, and a plethora of dense herb-y sauces, fresh and hearty greens, and salsas and salad dressings made with bright fruity flavors. Boasting a wine list of over 250 varieties, Gothamist recommends asking for one of the cozy booths that line the restaurant's eastern wall. Although the expansive interior may lack the usual sense of downtown intimacy, starting off with a bottle of wine and a plate of Zoe's famous crispy calamari, one will have no problem find themself quite satisfied.

Zoe is located at 90 Prince St. and open for lunch, Tuesday through Friday, and dinner, seven days a week. (212-966-6722)