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Posted by Liz on 03/01/2010
Um, are you kidding me? I live ACROSS the street from Souen. I placed an order for delivery--a seaweed salad and a tofu dish. That's it. It's been an hour since I placed the order. I called to see what was going on and the woman said it would be another 25 min! I'm sorry, we live in NYC. An hour and a half is not an acceptable time to wait for delivery. If you can't run an efficient delivery service, then don't deliver. One less customer for Souen.
Posted by anonymous on 05/07/2009
With so many excellent restaurants focusing on fresh, local ingredients this place seems even more of a ripoff. Fourteen dollars for apparently frozen vegetables mixed with overcooked salmon in a gloppy sauce? It was like eating Chinese takeout, and the hunger one hour later completed the picture. Don't eat at a restaurant based on its food theory, eat there because of its food!
Posted by k on 03/03/2009
The service tends to be slow here. Plan to wait a while before someone comes to take your order. Some of the food is very good, like the grain of the day. The sushi is good, and the miso not too salty. Some of the food is quite bland, like the black bean soup. Mine was watery, hardly has any black beans, and it was not very flavorful. The chai was also quite bland. If you are picking up take out, it is good to call ahead and ask when it will be ready.
Posted by Superherox on 09/19/2007
Souen is amazing, if you want macrobiotic food. They make it exciting and tasty, but I think most people would have to take a weak off from sugar and salt to appreciate the delicate preparation and subtle taste of macrobiotic food. Souen does it right and for the quality of the food, it's a pretty good value. You can't go wrong with the mixed rice with salmon and with the broccoli/tofu dish, you are pretty much covered. The yuba, spicy tuna hand rolls (brown rice) and scrambled tofu and fish are all great, clean protein doses. The food is prepared to be good goin in, to be easily assimilated for vitamins and to feel good goin out... enjoy (o: They deliver but they also kinda write their own rules about it- so not all that reliable, but they do hike a ways for me, can't complain.
Posted by souen-lover on 07/13/2007
i'm a vegan, and i cannot find any other restaurant that can beat their macrobiotic plate, a delicious plate of mixed grain (changes daily) or brown rice, hijiki, beans or tofu, and a huge portion of squash, heaping pile of kale, daikon and carrots. i even request different portions of the vegetables everytime i order, and they don't mind at all. and their carrot dressing is uncomparable. if you try other organic restaurants with the same dish, you'll see the difference. i love the way its decorated, there are a bunch of plants near the ceiling, maybe that's why i always feel so refreshed after i leave, besides the friendly hosts/waiters, and the -delicious- food!
Posted by NotTheOwner on 03/17/2007
As an open-minded vegan, I was thrilled to finally try this restaurant. To make a long story short, just say No-uen to Souen. The menu was very difficult to navigate, the decor was similar to that of a crazy cat lady's estate sale, and the food was heavily salted and, well, a macro mistake. Thankfully, I was able to season my seitan with unlimited sesame seeds and what appeared to be soy sauce and honey water. (<-- to be read in a sarcastic tone). There are so many wonderful ethnic eateries that one need not enter Souen, unless craving the company of a hanging panda bear and patchoulli-bathed earth mothers.
Posted by brooklanvegan on 10/10/2006
I love Souen! As a very specific vegan, Souen is a great place to eat. And it is good if you aren't as specific as I am, I take friends there all the time. The tempeh with mushroom gravy is out of this world! I brought leftovers to work and even the "carnivores" said my lunch smelled amazing. Their tahini dressing is good with the kale on the macro-platter. It gets busy at night, but the food is never compromised and I have never had a botched order. Always good quality.