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Soto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sotonyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 414-3088
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:45pm - 11:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Sotohiro Kosugi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between West 4th Street & Washington Place
  • Public Transit: A, B, C, D, E, F & V trains to West 4th Street. #1 train to Christopher Steet.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Soto
Located in the West Village, Soto offers inventive seafood dish and traditional sushi. Additionally, Chef Omakase courses are available.
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Diner Reviews
  • "FOOD: It's my 3rd time at Soto. Food was on par with my previous visits: greatly executed traditional sushi with some hints of adventurousness. SERVICE: It's not only got worse, it's got shameful: 1. showing up at the time of the booking, we were told the table wasn't ready and asked if we wanted to go back in 15 minutes 2. when we came back, we were ignored for 5 solid minutes as the table wasn't ready 3. we were offered (as a party of 4) to sit at the bar 4. after another 15 minutes we were offered a high table 5. we were not asked if we wanted coffee or pudding, just handed the bill straight away 6. Casual vocal fight behind the bar between the 3 cooks Michelin should scrap Soto down from their guide"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Unbelievable experience! No sign out front so you can walk by and never know it was there. Best sushi I've ever had in my life. Definitely one of the best in the NYC area. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Finding authenticity when it comes to Sushi is too often a labor in futility. These days there are as many so called Sushi restaurants as Chinese takeouts with the same mediocrity of quality. Soto stands out and as such is truly for those who appreciate the delicacy of superb Japanese cuisine. As for the price, given the caliber and masterful preparation and subtle flavors, Soto is very reasonably priced. As good as it gets this side of Japan."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I have tried all the big sushi spots, and for me soto wins the palm for best sushi restaurant in nyc! The quality of the fish is just unmatched."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "One of the best sushi restaurants in the city. Go for the omakase menu. The original chef's choices are centered around uni (sea urchin) but you can opt out of this and get two/three of these out of 15/16 if you are not a huge fan of uni. I have tried both versions. They are both amazing. At the end of the omakase you can order some extra sushi tastes. My favourites are the fresh water eel, squid and torched salmon. The quality of the food is extremely high and the flavour combinations are always interesting. My favourite spot for high-end sushi."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "This was the best sushi I've ever had. Service was a little weird (could be more friendly and less hurried)."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Amazing food. Exceptional menu mostly involving Uni. If you love Uni, this is a must-go! Japanese fine dining that is like no other. But the portion size is very small (all sort of tapas/ appetizer portion) and expensive menu. The interior is very simple, modern, quiet that makes you feel like you are at a neatly-decorated home of someone. There is no sign of the restaurant, which made it hard to find at first, but gave that special feeling of finding your hidden gem. Would highly recommend it for special times."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I am not sure why 2-star Michelin Starred. The innovative dish is on par with my expectations but the sushi is definitely not good. Service is not very good for a Japanese restaurant. One of server was quite cold while the other is quite warm."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This is my favorite sushi spot..many dishes to choose from You can't go wrong.Always fresh Dishes are small and come out one at a time so they can be savoured.This is not the quick sushi dinner but a dining experience!! I come often and haven't had an off night yet"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was expected to be Michelin star-worthy. Party of four, we were willing to spend the money on really good sushi but $600 dollars later, we were more than disappointed. There was 15 minute interval waits in between 4 piece sashimi. Unfortunately, I've had better in Houston, TX or in Las Vegas, NV..."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Exquisite, authentic Japanese cuisine. Subtle and varied flavors. Spartan decor. For Japanese food enthusiasts."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Came with 2 friends and heard a lot prior. We went with our server reco - 12 piece sushi omakase and 6 appetizers. Appetizers were great but the sushi while fresh was really not creative, way to much wasabi at times and same pieces a couple of times. Far from impressed "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Food is outstanding but the chef was super unpleasant, yelling at staff and slamming things down. Too many awesome Japanese restaurants to bother going back to that. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went to Soto for dinner on a Friday evening. The food was acceptable at best. The seafood was fresh but lacked flavor. We were seated at the back of the restaurant, close to the back kitchen and washrooms, which totally ruined the ambiance. The service was among the worst I've ever had, especially for such a high-end restaurant. The waitress was rude to us and even with the people seated next to us. Quite a disappointing experience. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Soto may have the potential to be a very fine restaurant, but it hasn't yet reached that level. Some of the dishes were excellent, but others were only mediocre, a victim of excessive layers of seasoning that drowned out the inherent flavor of the fish. To make matters worse, our second order of an initially delicious miso soup was watered down and could not compare to the first serving (the same could be said for their green tea, which was little more than heated water). Service was equally uneven, with excessive interludes between some dishes. We may revisit this restaurant at a later date to see if it has improved, but will meanwhile frequent the better choices for sushi in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Ambience very banal, service slow, menu choice very limited BUT high quality of the food, very high, impressive sake selection"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Bland ambiance, but delicious plates - stick to dishes other than sushi, really delicious."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • " VERY Long wait for very small amount of very expensive food!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Sublime dining. Ambience was perfect: busy but not intrusive. Crisp white tableclothes a welcome change to trendy butcher's paper. One of our waitresses was very helpful but two others working that evening were not overly concerned with waiting on their patrons. Watching the chef was cathartic. Tried several dishes-nothing but heavenly."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "It's a little paradise for foodies. Great food prepared by a great chef. To be magnificent it needs a little effort in making service a little more charming."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Michelin star restaurants and fine food do not get any better than Soto! Chef Sotohiro Kosugi is a true Master who has perfected his art better than any other top Chef out there. This was without doubt the very best dining experience I have ever had! I had the omakase as well as various sushi pieces. All I can say is WOW! I really cannot understand how on earth anybody who has any sense of taste and knowledge of fine cuisine and top sushi could give this incredible place a negative review. In my honest opinion Soto is far better than any 3 Michelin star restaurant there is. This really is the best of the best and Master Chef Kosugi definitely ranks as one of the greatest Chefs ever! Highly recommended!Best dining experience ever! Thank You!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Hit uni selections hard with the naked unfettered uni topping the list - ultra fresh with penetrating palate-staining flavor and creamy texture."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Great superb sushi! Anago, o-toro first class. The chef has also some food-cocktail specialities. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "My dining experience at Soto was horrible. The table was not ready when we arrived. There was no host - actually, it seemed as if no one was in charge. The waitresses were completely disengaged and rushed us out of the restaurant. The portions were miniature - literally. After dinner, I walked next door for a burger. I would not recommend Soto to anyone. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "well not for the uni but those who want to eat it. the freshest fish. horse makeral was unbelieveably fresh. the bf hates mackeral and he actually said it was the best piece of fish he's ever eaten! HUGE statement! Then of course the uni party! the flavor was delicate yet explosive. They really knew how to make it shine! It's going to cost you but if you enjoy sushi and fine sushi at that... try it!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Went to celebrate my best friend's birthday. BEST UNI EVER. As soon as uni enters your mouth, it starts melting without leaving any traces of fishy smell. Food is expensive but uni is worth it. I recommend uni cocktail. Only thing was that food took too long to come out (We dined for 2 hours and 30 minutes). Hot sake was also great!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent food. Very fresh!! Sea orchins were excellent and really different from what you can eat in an other japanese restaurant."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had the Omakase Course menu. 12 individual courses, all outstanding. Top quality fish. Uni is imaginatively incorporated throughout. But, the best thing was the flavors. Each course was delicious."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The food was outstanding but the experience was mired by several outbursts from the main sushi chef behind the bar. He was yelling at the servers (who were working so hard) in front of the diners. It made for a very uncomfortable dining experience for me and my friends. I would not return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Impeccable sushi -- though nothing unusual. Soto prepares the same food you'll find at your neighborhood sushi joint, makes it as refined as possible, and charges more accordingly. If your taste in Japanese cuisine is unadventurous, you'll find Soto ideal. If you want to discover imaginative and unusual dishes, however, Soto doesn't quite measure up to other pricey sushi emporia around town."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "An incredible evening of skillfully prepared fish, sea urchin and vegetables. Small, clean, contemporary restaurant. Be prepared to order all of your selections at once and then they will be delivered per the chef's discretion. This was a little unsettling at first, but it was excellently executed. My favorite dish was the Uni Cocktail, however, I would have liked a little less "sauce" and a light shiso chiffonade instead of the nori. Nonetheless, it was wonderful!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Outstanding , dinner , best sushi in New York , but for foody only is for food expert only Japanese style sushi"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Delicious and a very "zen" dinner. Entrance was minimalist, without even a single signage, but if you know the food, then you know this is the only spot possible of serving it, for the front of the house reflects what is served inside, a very quiet, understated blend of airy seafood of the Japanese origin. If you're looking for steak or anything heavily seasoned, you'd be better off a couple doors down. Here at Soto, it's nothing but lightness, even the tempura has extra air in it, with special selections of vegetations that is closer to the Japanese culture than your run-of-the-mill broccoli and carrots. Overall, a delicious meal, with no hype to not live up to. Would definitely return again."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Uni is awesomely fresh as everyone said. The style is somewhere between traditional and modern. The service, while not bad per se, is not reflective of the prof they are charging. The service is robotic and cold, but their do get their job done. No more and no less. I think I get a warmer welcome from a deli."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Hard to find a better sushi experience in the city... this one is among the top 5 for sure!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Japanese food that is expertly prepared. Especially raw dishes are delicious and...small and expensive. The space is very simply done according to Japanese wabi sabi. A bit long wait between dishes. Omakase is expensive. We would prefer less pricy omakase changing a couple of 15 dollar small dishes for a bowl of rice and miso soup."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Sushi at Soto is so fresh and delicious. Their signature uni is fantastic!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "And delictably fresh and tasty sushi. Owner is a character. Always a thrill to watch him get the food out."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "How can a landlocked restaurant be so oceanic? It's not just the flavors, the textures, the visuals, it's the profound chill of the fish; no one in NY does sashimi better."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We waited 1 h 20 m. for the food to start coming in. No apology. Unfriendly with unfriendly attitude. Have been twice. Food quite good but a classic like Nobu is soooo much better than this joint, both for food and service. Overrated."
    Dined on 12/27/2013