Slideshow: An Afternoon Tour of Soho with Andrew Carmellini

Stop #1: Dominique Ansel
Stop #1: Dominique Ansel
We order the insanely buttery-amazing Kouign Amann (it's hard to walk into DA and not order the KA), the Choco-Soft-Bun filled with 66% dark chocolate ganache, and the Chouettes. "I'm always a sucker for things that come in a cone and spill out."—Ed on the chouettes.
Now that's service
Now that's service
"How do you take your coffee, Andrew?" —Ed

"With a splash of milk. Wow, now that's service." —Andrew

On Religion
On Religion
"This is symbolic of my relationship with the Catholic Church," he says while biting into the Blueberry Religieuse pastry. "I married a Jew."
Salut à toi
Salut à toi
Dominique himself came outside to say hello.
Le Grilled Cheese
Le Grilled Cheese
This sandwich is a little insane.
Ed's Stretchy Cheese Tail
Ed's Stretchy Cheese Tail
Stop #2 Kee's Chocolates
Stop #2 Kee's Chocolates
Chocolate whisperer Kee Ling Tong herself behind the counter.
CHOCOLATES
CHOCOLATES
An assortment of truffles and a turtle in the middle.
Kee boxes up chocolates
Kee boxes up chocolates
Kee assembles to-go boxes of assorted chocolates for us. "My wife and I were just in here the other day tasting everything," said Carmellini.
"That's the church where..."
Ed tells us a story about going to a wedding at that church years ago, and when the bride was late (or something) he sneaks out to buy a slice. Oh, Ed. His wife Vicky was not very pleased.
Stop #3: Melvin's Juice Box
Stop #3: Melvin's Juice Box
Our juice faces.
Green juice
Green juice
"I was skeptical of the whole juice craze too... until John Cusack was staying at The Greenwich Hotel where he brought his juicer and started juicing for me. He made this pear-kale juice and it was then, then I started to understand. I like to stop by Melvin's after my morning workouts for a green juice."
Another friend
Another friend
En route to stop #4, we bump into this guy, who, according to Carmellini, not only knows everyone in the neighborhood, but knows their business too. Formerly the chef at Amici Mi back in the 1980s, Abdell is kind of the Soho mayor. "He knows how many months are left on your lease...he knows the handyman you should be calling...he knows when Bon Jovi is upstairs."
Stop #4: Burger & Barrel
Stop #4: Burger & Barrel
B&B's hamburger maestro Josh Capon pulled up a chair to hang with us.
CHOMP
CHOMP
Goodbye burgers
Goodbye burgers
We did some damage to three burgers.
Our Album Cover
Our Album Cover
Stop #5: Milady's Bar
Stop #5: Milady's Bar
"If you work in this neighborhood, you know Milady's," Carmellini said of the corner dive bar. Note: this is a very unironic dive bar.
Cheers!
Cheers!
Here's to day-drinking on a Thursday!
"The Sin of All Sins"
Carmellini revealed his "sin of all sins" = sipping Guinness and Macallan AT THE SAME TIME. Unfortunately we didn't get to experience this, as Milady's Guinness tap was busted that day and they didn't have any Macallan behind the bar.
Ed's hahaha face
Ed's hahaha face
Last Stop: Local
Last Stop: Local
Just across the street from The Dutch, the crew would end up here all the time for coffee, sandwiches, and more coffee while they were putting the finishing touches on the restaurant. "The Local saved us."
We Ponder the Popover
We Ponder the Popover
Some profound words about the popover were uttered here.
Best Thursday at Work Ever
Best Thursday at Work Ever
Erin wants to go on Soho crawls with Andrew Carmellini every Thursday afternoon.