Soto, a sushi bar in New York City, was awarded 2 Michelin stars in 2015. 2 stars, in such a competitive city, what could possibly go wrong?

As we followed Google Map’s directions on my iPhone 6, we passed by the restaurant twice without noticing it. It does not have a sign. We took it as a good sign, thinking low-key restaurants opened by chef snobs shouldn’t be too bad.

Who knows, an hour later we only wish we had never found the place.

We ordered:

Seaweed Salad ($5)

Uni Cocktail-Murasaki, California “finest sea urchin sashimi with soy reduction and fresh wasabi” ($15)

The portion was poor and the uni tasted like something you can get from the supermarket. Plus, why do we need so much soy sauce on an uni?

Ika Konowata “thinly sliced yari-ika sashimi with fermented sea cucumber intestine, quail egg, nori seaweed”($16)

If you are an adventurous one like us when it comes to food, be a coward on this one. Or, if you like to try what rotten organs taste like, prepare a paper bag.

 

Cyu Toro Tartare “chopped fatty part of eye tuna with avocado coulis, garnished with caviar, served in sesame ponzu sauce”($25)

Tastes nothing like it sounds or looks (apologies for the misleading Instagram photo, sometimes we just like to show off our food photography skills). The tuna is seriously chopped into mushy tasteless pieces. I could hardly tell it was chu toro.

As if there wasn’t enough disappointment, we ordered some rolls ($8-$16), which tasted okay but “Michelin sized”, I call it.

After completely giving up, we headed to the closest Japanese restaurant we could find to fulfill our needs.

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