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Posted by NYC_Foody on 07/13/2011
I am a foody in NYC and love various Japanese creations Soto has an interesting store front with no signage. Atmosphere inside is nice & service is pleasant but we were there for the food! We ordered 4 items and the 8piece sushi omakase. Dishes were really small and had about 4 - 5 bites per dish. Very good quality food and good balance in taste in every dish! Overall food was excellent but not sure if I would return as I can get a lot more for the money and at the same quality. Would not recommend it based on this.
Posted by mizy k. on 01/07/2011
You know that your experience at a restaurant isn’t going to be the best when the waitress tells you that the kitchen is still closed @ 6:30pm. Why would you even take the reservation? My husband and I wanted to try a new sushi restaurant. We’re enthusiastic customers of Sushi Yasuda. We ordered a few small plates and four sushi pieces each at Soto. I must say, this place is for rich people that have dead taste buds. We started off the night with Salmon Citrus. You know that it’s a bad piece of sushi when it tastes like sausage, even after fresh citrus juice is squeezed all over it. The sushi pieces we had were average. We were pretty disappointed with our $12 toro pieces. Especially because even after scoring the fish, it was still tough to chew. We’re big fans of uni, but Soto ruined our uni experience. Right when the chef served us our sushi, I was able to smell the nori. It was toasted and salted which took away from the flavor of the uni. This place wouldn’t have been so bad, if it was a lot cheaper. At least you would have left with the satisfaction that you got what you paid for.
Posted by Cynthia on 08/25/2010
I have been to Soto on more than one occasion and have never been let down. Every time I leave, my mouth salivates at the thought of coming back. There isn't much ambience, the space is very simply done and the lighting is bright but this is the place you visit for impeccable fish not to pick up a date. It is definitely expensive and portions are small but you are certainly getting what you pay for. I cannot wait to go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/14/2010
great fish. yes, it's expensive for the amount you get, but that's okay if you can just get by the 20-30 minute wait between dishes. seriously, even getting there at 7 when there's no one there doesn't help. i've been several times, but don't think i can come back - too many other places are better and with a lot better service.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 11/13/2009
Uni is admittedly an acquired taste, but -- if you love it as I do -- Soto is a must-try. Here, it is served in an amazing variety of ways, and is always pristinely fresh. My friend, who is familiar with Soto, did most of the ordering, so I can't remember all of our dishes, but at the end of the meal I tried to pick my favorite and could only narrow it down to three. Uni tempura, lobster with uni mousse (topped with smoked uni and caviar), uni wrapped in thinly sliced squid and white kelp! I suspect you can't go wrong, no matter what you order. As for the atmosphere, I found it clean and soothing. Very minimal, with blond woods and lots of white. And the noise level, even with a crowd, was mercifully low. Strongly recommended. Be aware that it is somewhat hard to find, as there is no sign outside, and the small windows disguise the fact that there is a restaurant inside.
Posted by lj on 12/09/2008
the two appetizers my friend and i ordered were fantastic, but my sashimi omakase was the most overpriced dish i have ever had at a restaurant in new york, and i eat out a lot (particularly sushi). the quality of the sashimi was fine, but there was no way the small 15 pieces on my plate were worth $60. the restaurant is small so you can't really have a private conversation with anyone, not that it matters because i will never be back. great appetizers, ridiculously overpriced fish.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/22/2008
Went to Soto with my boyfriend. Definitely NOT great for a date! Even though it was a weekend night, the restaurant was only half filled. The room is too bright and too flat for this kind of NY high-end restaurant. Still we were trying to be hopeful about Soto's signature uni dishes but then we heard somebody insanely shouting over the sushi counter. A sushi chef (I guess he was Soto) was barking at his staff in Japanese. After that he was gone for a while. Our server explained that Soto needs a little time to cool himself down. We had to wait for our food until he came back. We stared the bright white wall, feeling like we were in a newly build asylum. Soto's famous uni sugomori zukuri looked even grotesque and scary for us. Don't bring your date to the sushi asylum!!