New York

Soto Sushi

There has been talk on Ed Levine Eats prompted by a negative comment elsewhere. Serious Eaters who can afford it should flock to this restaurant as soon as they can. The first time I went alone and had an assortment of nigiri sushi for a bit over $50 that was absolutely superb. So I went back with my wife and we tried the omakase. I have been to Japan many times, eaten sushi there frequently both as host and guest. I have eaten at many of the places in NY and LA that people who know sushi regard as excellent. I can say without reservation that Soto-san served us a meal that has not been bettered in my experience (who knows which is the "BEST"?). The meal cost $220 for two with a generous tip and no alcohol (although with a bottle of—God help us—Norwegian water). The restaurant is elegant and the service very attentive. I don't know of any upscale restaurant in New York that would give more overall satisfaction (of whatever kind of cuisine it serves) for less money. Get there while you can and try to reserve two places in front of or what appeared to be even more interesting, in the two places beside, Soto-san, so you can see him work.

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