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357 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10014
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Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:45pm - 11:45pm
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access
Between West 4th Street & Washington Place
A, B, C, D, E, F & V trains to West 4th Street. #1 train to Christopher Steet.
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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Diners' Choice Winner
Diners' Choice Winner
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
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
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
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
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
The food was great, we made the
mistake to take our daughters with us. They are 14 and 10 and are used to go to Japanese restaurants, their likes are still limited but they normally always come out happy. In this case, not, you cannot order any dish outside of the order established by the restaurant, it is kind of heavy and complex. However, my wife and I enjoy sushi and really had a blast in terms of food, just would go back without my daughters."
Dined on 12/23/2013
We have a great night at Soto for
our 1st Anniversary. Food was great. Its uni is definitely one of the best in the City. Highly Recommended."
Dined on 12/21/2013
Food was simply phenomenal. Much
more than sushi; steamed lobster with uni was a particular highlight. Very spare décor... authentically Japanese (though some might find it boring). Unobtrusive but helpful service. Highly recommended."
Dined on 12/20/2013
After being urged to order only a
few things for a party of 3, we were subsequently told we couldn't add any dishes because it would "take too long, especially the sushi". Restaurant was virtually empty, sushi chefs were doing ~nothing. Food was okay, but not good value and violently difficult to acquire."
Dined on 12/18/2013
Absolutely amazing food. Lots of
dishes that pushed my preconceptions of japanese cuisine while being outstandingly delicious"
Dined on 6/4/2013
It was second time there and I
asked the chef to reduce uni-using dishes to 2-3 within the omakase course. All the small plates were good, even better, his nigiri sushi is a breath-taking art of authentic Japanese sushi chef. People go to this place for his creative dishes and his nigiri seems to be over looked, but i think his nigiri is one of the best in the city. What I love the most is the chef's smile. He doesn't smile much as he's super busy throughout the night, but when he does, that's the best treat to me who eats good food for work."
Dined on 12/11/2013
It's our favorite. Not a bad
choice on the menu. Pricey, but 100% worth it."
Dined on 12/6/2013
Though I love Japanese food, I
don't eat sashimi or any raw food because I don't like the raw taste at all. However, I was AMAZED when I tried the raw fish/lobster/uni my friend ordered! It tasted so fresh and nice ! I almost didn't realize i was eating something raw! My favorite one is the lobster with uni. Their uni is a must try! The food there is a little pricey. However, I can see they really put effort in making their food. Everything was nicely prepared, from the food to the containers for the food. It definitely worth to try the food there if you haven't been there before! Great experience overall."
Dined on 12/2/2013
The food is wonderful, especially
the uni cocktail. However, don't expect to feel very welcomed throughout your visit. When I called to confirm my reservation and ask if I could change it by 15 minutes, I was told very simply, "No", with no further explanation. When I arrived five minutes before the restaurant's official opening time of 6 Pm on a freezing cold evening, I was greeted with a curt "we're not open yet" and no offer to take my coat or even suggest a place to sit. Other slights later followed. I have eaten at many top level restaurants over the past 20 + years and never experienced any welcome as awful as the one I received from Soto. I won't be returning."
Dined on 11/29/2013
What a great experience is to eat
at this restaurant! The food is just amazing. If you like Japanese food you will love this place. It was a little pricey, but it was worth every penny!"
Dined on 11/19/2013
food is amazing, atmosphere not
bad, but service, fornitures and the wine list (i can understand about this last one,it's a japanese place and pure one)but are not enough to rate this restaurant 2 star michelin"
Dined on 11/23/2013
This must be by far the best
Sushi/Sashimi/raw seafood restaurant in Manhattan. The sea urchin was the most delicious I ever had. Service was very friendly and helpful."
Dined on 11/18/2013
This was my second time at this
restaurant and will definately be going more often. Some of the best uni and Japanese food in the city and the uni portions are gracious and delicious!"
Dined on 11/16/2013
The best uni I've had in the city.
Each dish was expertly prepared, delicious and surprisingly complex. Service was also superb."
Dined on 11/8/2013
Probably the most frustrating
dinner I've had in years. Everything came out so slow. When we complained, nobody was able to do it better. It seems like the owner/sushi chef is in charge and what he says goes. Too bad he doesn't have the good judgement to make sure customers are happy. Even after the 3.5 hour meal, which should have been half as long, they didn't comp one thing. All they did was apologize and say they had a few personnel people out."
Dined on 11/2/2013
I went to this place for my
birthday as I wanted to taste Michelin star rated sushi. I was very disappointed. Aside from the lobster miso, everything else was a fail. I wrote it was my birthday and they didn't even bring us a dessert menu. I will never recommend this place to anyone unless they want to pay a big price for mediocrity."
Dined on 10/11/2013
Lets star saying that we walk in
at 6:45 pm and the sushi bar was EMTY!! I mean, no guest, no food and no cooks!! so... just imagine that by the time they were ready we were starving. at least we wait 30 minutes to get our first dish, just a few bites because all are small plates, another 15 or 20 for the second and so... besides the extremely good quality and freshness in the food, I have nothing to say but bad things, If you do not care for a full experience in a restaurant and love simple Japanese food, you should go"
Dined on 10/14/2013
Our reservation was at 830. We
were told our table was not ready. Since there was no room at the bar we took a walk around the block. Fine..not a problem. What ensued was totally beyond any expectation that I could ever imagine. People were waiting for little bites of food. After waiting one hour we had only gotten one appetizer for the three of us to share. We had ordered so much more. We were starving...the waitress said that this was normal procedure. We looked around no one had food and no one looked happy! Everyone was puzzled! This was a highly rated restaurant! We paid our bill and left after only getting three. Something was definitely wrong here!!! The poor waitstaff!"
Dined on 10/15/2013
The food live up to its Michellin
billing Food was exquisite service was attentive and ambiance was clean and minimalistic Highly recommended"
Dined on 10/12/2013
we had Omakase course which is
outstanding. the best Omakase we have ever had. they are perfectly spiced which some Michlin restaurants often missed. Love the uni dishes they did. the only dish we don't care that much is the first shrimp and mushroom soup, which is like soaking them in the water. I wish they also alternating hot/warm food with cold food instead of most of them are cold food. I usually prefer warm food. otherwise it's one of the best food we have had in NY with above 27 restaurants in Zagat."
Dined on 10/11/2013
Soto is our favorite Japanese in
NY. Yet two Michelin stars are not inline with the experience there. The food is excellent for sure, but service is lagging behind. Getting knowledgeable input on the Sake list is difficult, and a two-starred Michelin spot should have a competent beverage program. Perhaps the most disturbing element is that the Chef, though brilliant, has an anger management issue. In maybe 6 visits in the last few years, on 3 occasions there was an angry outburst by the Chef directed towards the staff. It is one thing when the chef is behind a closed door in his kitchen, not essentially in the dining room as is the case at Soto."
Dined on 10/11/2013
I had a reservation for 6:15 PM,
and when I came at 6:07 I was told: "we are not ready yet, please, come back at 6:15". I was not going to start eating immediately, so I don't know why they didn't usher me to wait inside. Rather strange.g"
Dined on 10/11/2013
Clearly 'in the weeds' Chef Soto
vented his frustration throughout the night by yelling at his staff and nobody in particular. Loud enough for most of the restaurant to hear and distracting if you were sitting 3 feet from him at the sushi bar. Food was solid but a visibly angry chef detracted from the overall."
Dined on 10/3/2013
food was good but pricey. service
was pushy - we didn't want to order wine or dessert - and the waitress kept asking about it! ugh."
Dined on 10/2/2013
Soto is the place to go for the
finest sushi in NYC. Truly authentic and prepared with skill and grace - Kosugi san is a master and a perfectionist. He has an uncompromising standard for preparing the best, and it shows in the quality and taste of his creations. It is truly a special place."
Dined on 9/28/2013
I was wishing I can put in some
nice words about this restaurant. The food isn't bad, but does it worth the 2 stars Michilin? The lobster sashimi was good and the plate was pretty, but did I ever have better? Yes. Certainly! And what really gets me a little bit frustrated was it took one full hour for the first appetizer to come. I was so glad we didn't have plan to somewhere else otherwise this dinner would screw us up dearly... And speaking of the portion, I think I understand Japanese food doesn't usually come with a big plate of dish, but if we two ppl paid 120 dollars and couldnt get our stomach filled, there are some serious problems. Having Japanese food my whole life around the globe, unfortunately I have to say this is overrated."
Dined on 9/5/2013
Food: " meraviglioso" Service:
kindly but slowly Ambience: frindly but too much cold air conditioned for us (italiani) Next time in New York we shall come again. I never tried good food as at Soto!"
Dined on 9/5/2013
Menu is complex by virtue of he
way it is formulated And the manner in which the waitresses rapidly Deliver the options suggesting sushi Rolls Be offered at the end of the meal regardless If you want them to begin the meal. However , the food is terrific and that would be The only reason to go to the restaurant . The price of the meal is very high for such average Service"
Dined on 8/27/2013
Excellent meal, very fresh fish.
Recommend reservation ask for table, it is small and fills fast. Hard to find as no name out front! On Ave of America just down from 4th near village. I have tried many sushi restaurants in NYC, this is by far the best, and closest to a true Japanese experience."
Dined on 8/28/2013
The uni was so fresh. The cooked
fish was a bit on the dry side....i think it was overcooked - didn't enjoy that very much. But, the uni dishes were just remarkable."
Dined on 8/2/2013
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