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Posted by Anonymous on 06/23/2008
Upon entering a sleek environment, it remains very bright throughout the evening. Had a nice bottle of wine and the service was attentive. We stayed away from the sushi and ordered a mixture of appetizers and one main course. The portions were very very small and overpriced. On the flip side, however, the flavors were eclectic and everything was fresh and light.
Posted by NYU Law on 03/03/2008
I went out to dinner at Soto with my fiance for my birthday and we tried a variety of dishes. His favorite was the spicy tuna roll with pine nuts wrapped in white kelp. My favorite dish was either the aji carpaccio or the tempura. I would agree with everyone who says that the sushi isn't necessarily the reason to go to Soto and to order from the parts of the menu "From the Sushi Bar" and "From the Kitchen" more than the actual sushi offerings. Everything we ordered was totally delicious (including the geoduck clam salad and a scallop and shiso roll) and I would go back again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/22/2007
I first went to Soto just after it opened back in May with 3 of my friends, we all loved it! We split a few of the small dishes and then did the sushi tasting menu. I was blown away. The lobster with uni mousse was incredible, flavors were delicate and the uni was as good if not better than Hatsuhana in midtown. It's so rare to find uni of this quality in the states. Since then I've gone about once a month. Our typical bill for 2 people including a couple beers is about $150-$200 (depending on how hungry we were - I also typically prefer beer with my sushi, sake with cooked food...but that's another story). Soto himself is very gracious and it's a joy to sit at the sushi bar, have a conversation with him and watch him work. The location seems a little off for the restaurant (it doesn't really match anything else in the area). Soto also doesn't serve dessert but the solution is just around the corner P*ONG is a great late night dessert place for your sweet tooth and makes for the perfect date. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city for the food quality and friends that I have sent have agreed. It's creative, a little different but it's a not a place to go if you want to omit ingredients and create something of your own. You just have to trust Soto-san and jump in and enjoy!
Posted by Menupages Regular on 09/30/2007
Having read great reviews, a group of friends and I tried Soto on a Saturday night. What a disappointment. The food, while perhaps beautiful to look at, is not all that great to eat. The portions are ridiculously small and quite expensive. The wine list is short and expensive (they do not offer wines by the glass at all). The service is rather brusk and quite slow. All in all, four of us spent $360 on a dinner that none of us liked. The real shame is, for that kind of money, we could have an exceptional meal at so many other good New York restaurants.