Soogil

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45 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
Born and raised in South Korea, Chef Soogil Lim was originally majoring in Biology. His interest in culinary world was sparked when he went into a restaurant and saw a sign that said “Make People Happy.” It prompted him to research culinary education and enter the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Upon graduation, he began his training in French cuisine at Daniel, one of New York’s most acclaimed fine dining restaurants. Through his hard work and great talent, he was able to move up the ranks and become the first Korean Sous Chef in the restaurant’s history. After working for 7 years under Chef Daniel Boulud (three as Sous Chef) and honing his French technique, he became Executive Chef at Hanjan, where he ran the kitchen for 4 years. With the opening of his own restaurant, Chef Soogil Lim will blend the two backgrounds he knows best: French and Korean.

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  • 5-Course Chef's Tasting

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     $75.00 per person
    Starting Jul 31, 2020
  • 5-Course Chef's Tasting

    Starting Aug 19, 2020
    Enjoy our 5-course tasing menu for $75.00, created from the Chef Soogil using this season's fresh ingredients!
  • 5-Course Chef's Tasting

    Starting Aug 18, 2020
    Enjoy our 5-course tasing menu for $75.00 or a la carte menu, created from the Chef Soogil using this season's fresh ingredients!
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vipptfxn2
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The five course tasting menu is not only delicious and exquisitely executed but at $75 it’s a good value ( just be sure to order at least one of the supplemental uni rice bowls fir your party- it’s fantastic!).

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vipCathyK
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Creative, beautifully presented, affordable luxury: the Chef's $75 5-course tasting menu is terrific value, and the "bar food" suits other pockets. This is a place to support as restaurants are challenged in the Covid era; go often.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top-notch service, food, and ambiance as usual! The chef’s tasting menu is a very good value for a ton of well-made, interesting dishes that meld French and Korean influences. Also, the restaurant boasts a covered, comfortable patio for dining which was an additional plus in these odd times.

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vipNytitan
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was strong from start to finish!

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VICTORIAC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Korean restaurant is absolutely fantastic. The food is very tasty and uncommon. For $48 you get 3 courses which is a very good value for money. The service is very kind too. Highly recommended !

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vipNYDiner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience from start to finish. The best of the neo Korean restaurants in NYC.

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DianaL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chef's Tasting Menu was excellent. The restaurant deserves its accolades. Service was gracious and efficient. I brought a party of six the first time and a party of seven last weekend. My guests and I would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the bend of traditional and inventive Korean cooking. The staff were attentive and endearing. We sat at the bar and had a great experience.

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Victor
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience2

Unfortunately, there was only a set menu instead of the normal menu. There was no notice given for this in advance, we didn’t know the menu had changed.

Unfortunately, the food was very boring, the meat dry and bland. The servers were very nice though.

Definitely won’t be coming back and won’t recommend this to anyone. It was one of the worst higher-class meals we’ve had in a while

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AlexanderL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food, lovely service, but over all can't say I'd ever go back. I get that fine dining in NYC is its own level of pricey, but $95 a person for maybe 450 calories worth of food seems a bit much

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vipBrianG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great meal!

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Manz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We went during restaurant week and would definitely come back. The food was delicious! The service was a little scattered but it didn't even matter because the food was so delicious!

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inch12
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the traditional korean dishes were much better than the non korean.
altho the HIramasa and the black sesame jenga cake were to die for!
curious if there will be newer items on the menu?

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vipsummerlawn
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Came with a party of six, two of us ordering the vegetarian tasting menu, the rest the regular tasting menu. The food here is really extraordinary - every dish beautifully plated, the flavors well orchestrated, a great variety of textures and tastes. We had a wonderful time. My only complaint is that a couple of us wanted to order the 3 course restaurant week special, while everyone else wanted one of the chef's tasting menus, but we were told it had to be all restaurant week special, or all chef's tasting menu, which seemed an odd restriction. The restaurant was less than two thirds full so it didn't seem to be a matter of an overburdened wait staff. That said, we all enjoyed our meal - which was so generous in portions that a couple of us took part of the meal home.

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SunmiK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried on a whim for restaurant week. Very cozy with friendly staff. Food was delicious!

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tamestheyna
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was very ordinary, service was glacial. Don't see what the fuss is about

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Carlos
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The service was super slow as the servers were more focused on the big party table.

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vipsummerlawn
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The night our friends and I were there, to celebrate my husband's birthday, I'm sorry to say it was almost empty (therefore very quiet indeed). I hope that this is just the early January dead season, because this is a restaurant that deserves to succeed - and on the performance front, does succeed on every level, as it has each of the several times I've been there. The variety within the chef's tasting is extraordinary, the aesthetics of the presentation very refined, and the service is gentle and considerate. Our wines were well priced, and all four of us were delighted to be there - and hoping that when we return it will be as crowded as it was the other times we've gone.

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cdiamand
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar table and were treated like VIPs. Tasting menu was inventive, delicious, perfectly paced - and more than we could finish. Atmosphere is warm and lovely and perfect for a special occasion. Loved getting to know Chef Soogil and his wife, who made it a point to spend personal time with us, despite the constant flow of people moving through the restaurant. Highlight of our trip to NYC, and highly recommend!!

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PaddyM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great ambience and super food. Highly recommended. Bartender was very knowledgeable.

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Oliver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly excellent dinner!! Loved the food and service, with a good selection of wines to complement the menu. Would highly recommend!

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vipMarais
France
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Soogil is stunning without being flashy: impeccable ingredients and execution with subtle and precise flavors. The service is warm and attentive, neither fawning nor pretentious, and the wine list is well-chosen and not extortionately priced (for New York). After only two dinners there, it already has become a favorite!

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vipJomurB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food is good, interesting, but not spectacular. The Yellowfin appetizer was tasty the glass noodle dish was interesting; the Mung-Bean pancake waa crispy but bland. The spare rib was tender & the sauce combined with the rice was very good! The duck was a bit overcooked, but tasty & paired well with the wild rice. The Jenga Tower was both crispy & chewy dough sticks with tasty gelato & the Passion Fruit tart half was ok. The staff were attentive & helpful. Great place to try during Restaurant Week!

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Mel5
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant is small but nicely laid out and comfortable. The food is very good, but the portions are small, so that a filling meal would be rather expensive The tartare, hamachi sashimi and glass noodles were all good. I liked the BBQ rib (singular), my friend enjoyed the eel, but another friend found the monkfish only fair. The duck was a bit bland. The passion fruit tart was excellent. The service was attentive and informative. Our waitress followed us outside to say goodbye and thank us for dining.

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vipSpike
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience2

NO AIRCONDITIONING!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food great, but we were sat so close to another group even though the resturant wasn't full. I completely get that in a full resturant, but since they had the space I would have liked some.

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annie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience! We had walked by the previous weekend and happened to see the menu... then read about the chef/owner and couldn’t wait to try it! Everything was delicious and beautiful! The lighting was perfect... which is sooooo important! We sat at the bar which was great! We will be back with friends!

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Rflixy
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great time. The chef’s tasting menu was delicious, and good value for the price. I absolutely loved the uni dish and my mom’s favorite was the harimasa. The two beef dishes are too sweet for my mom and me but my dad loved that sweetness. Next time I will try the a la cart.

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vipAlexwinelover
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We came for Restaurant week menu, we ordered also off the a la carte menu. Food is creative, tasty and very well presented on a set of beautiful flatware. A nice gem for the neighborood!
Congratulations Chef Soogil!
My favorite dishes were Hiramasa & Nurungji Gras but the Passion Fruit Tart stealed the show (even thought it was cut in half...)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish and drink was fantastic. Can’t go wrong.

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vipNytitan
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the tasting menu and it was delicious. The Hamachi was the best dish with the short rib a close second but honestly it was all good.

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vipRichardL
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Soogil has added new dishes to their menu. We especially like a kobe beef with bone marrow in both the rice and an accompanying soup. Their white asparagus appetizer was excellent. This is one of the most innovative and accomplished Korean restaurants in NYC.

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vipApoc
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday. We loved the open exterior and decor of the interior. Staff were friendly and attentive as I'd expect. We started with the popular sweet potato beignets, which were good and paired nicely with the kimchi soup, but probably a bit misleading to call them "beignets" (they are a bit too dense whereas I'd expect beignets to be fluffier). Gf had the Wagyu & Bone Marrow, which were delicious and comforting, respectively. I had the Organic Chicken which had a nice, crispy skin and overall just tasted great and paired well with the rest of the dish. We tried both desserts: the Jenga tower had a very interesting flavor and texture, but probably not something I'd order again. I probably preferred the Passion Fruit Tart which was very well done and tasted great, but not as much of a standout as compared to the entrees. The drinks were also quite good ("The Korean Kiss" and "Yuzu Spice")

Overall, Soogil pulls off some fairly creative things blending Korean and French food without being the usual gimmicky "fusion". The entrees were designed very thoughtfully and we were impressed with how well the elements of the appetizer and entrees paired. Drinks were worth it, and if we came again, I'd probably just skip the desserts. Would definitely recommend coming here, as I could see this place earning a Michelin star someday!

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Dennis
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Soogil is fantastic. This is one of the best places to eat in nyc. If you love food and want a memorable dinning experience, Soogil is a great place to eat. Dinning at Soogil offers customers a beautiful dinning room and location. An expertise in French and Korean culinary arts that delivers amazing dishes well executed by the chef. This fusion of food offers customers innovative dishes as well as classic dishes.

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Dianne
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a friend's birthday here and the staff was really wonderful. The restaurant is beautiful and the food options, plating, quality and taste exceeded expectations. Would highly recommend.

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KeithQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really awesome meal! we had the tasting menu which I would highly recommend.
the yellow tail was perfection and I will definitely visit again on another trip to NYC

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vipPete
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Soogil is a quaint little Korean-inspired gem in the East Village. My wife and I tried it on date night, based on the positive New York Times review. We were not disappointed. This restaurant is just fabulous. We started with the Glass Noodle small plate — which was very tasty. The bulgogi was quite crispy and delicious. We followed this up with the squid sausage dish, which had a wonderful texture and mix of spices. The grilled eel was likewise superbly prepared, although we liked the squid better. As our final dish, we enjoyed the Wagyu & Bone Marrow - with soup. This was an extremely interesting dish, both in flavor and presentation. The drinks were also as interesting and delicious as the food.

Overall, Soogil is definitely the most creative Korean restaurant we’ve ever enjoyed, perhaps because of the French influence from Chef Soogil Lim. We will definitely be back. Next time, we will select the tasting menu. The restaurant is small, so I’d recommend booking a reservation early.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and food, I would come back here again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought my relatives visiting from California there. We all got the chef’s tasting menu and we’re not disappointed! We all also got cocktails and Soogil was even able to provide a virgin version for my friend. My relatives said it was their best meal in NYC.

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vipEsdosbourn
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal! We did the tasting menu. Completely satisfied. One in our party was vegetarian and substations were made to accommodate which were delicious.

FAQs

Soogil does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Soogil is rated 4.5 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.