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Posted by Silvia on 12/10/2013
This is not a sushi place and it's very expensive. Said that, it's one of the best, if not the best, Japanese restaurant in NYC. Every dish on the menu is delicious (yes, also small and expensive). Ambiance is ok, but definitely not at the same level as the food. I always found the service courteous and attentive, but it is a bit brisk (I think it's just a cultural difference). All in all, go if you want amazing Japanese food and are ready to pay for it. Not a romantic restaurant for a first date, if that's what you are looking (but I'd forgive my date if he took me to Soto, as food for me comes first).
Posted by The Foodie Magician on 03/13/2013
Don't believe what others are saying. Soto is one of the best, most sublime sushi spots in NYC. Period. The ambiance is subdued, and not exciting. If you are looking for a festive spot, this is not the place. But if you are seeking sublime sushi. Go. The best sea urchin dishes in NYC, too. For a sublime, and quiet sushi meal. Soto is the spot! Bon Appetit! The Foodie Magician
Posted by hellovirginia on 10/12/2012
After I have read so many reviews about unhurried service and New York's top Japanese Restaurant. I am truly embarrassed for Soto on a Friday night. I encourage you not to make you reservation based upon when you want to arrive, but based on when you want to leave. The food is spectacular, however the service is poor. Rudeness prevails and there is no Japanese hospitality on our side of the counter. If you are looking for a real Japanese experience in Manhattan which is sure to thrill; I would suggest going somewhere else.
Posted by Paul on 07/22/2012
Wow: so not worth what I spent and absolutely not worth the hype. You get in and first thing you are told is to order at least 3 things per page (we were 2 people). Dinner started great with tofu; went down from there. Uni overpowers every other flavor - and they use it in 30% of dishes; the carpachio style dishes are flavorless. The sushi is good, the rice is from mediocre quality (broken rice kernels; not high quality, sushi rice). Not sure how this place deserves the rating it had or the Michelin stars. Lastly, we were the only NYers in the main dining room. We were joined by an incredibly loud European crowd: 4 really noisy French next to us, Italians and Russians at the bar. Atmosphere was soccer crowd and noise level. Very disappointed ...
Posted by Macy on 07/21/2012
We went there as it has 2 Michelin stars. I found the food rather bland or overpowered by sea urchin. My favorite was the sesame tofu, I had high expectations for the eel with uni, but the uni over flavored the eel. All other dishes where rather bland and without much taste. It was so noisy that I felt like I had to shout to be understood by my dining companion. Overall: good quality food, little flavor and definitely not worth the $235 (pre tip) it cost us (2 people, $35 sake included). Would recommend to try some of the other places instead.
Posted by Kat on 02/10/2012
If you want sushi, go elsewhere. Although the quality of the sushi is excellent, the portion size and variety is lacking. Go to Soto when you want innovative Japanese food that is expertly prepared.
Posted by michael on 01/10/2012
basically disappointed. No o-toro, no 5 different kinds of hamachi, etc. Dont get me wrong, its a very good sushi restaurant, and I have eaten sushi all over the world including many places in Japan. I dont think the creativity and quality is as good as other Japanese restaurants for that matter. I would definitely eat here again, but not if I had a choice..