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Soto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sotonyc.com
  • Email: sushi123@msn.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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Sushi at Soto is so fresh and delicious. Their signature uni is fantastic!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Hard to find a better sushi experience in the city... this one is among the top 5 for sure!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "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
  • "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 10/10/2013
  • "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 10/10/2013