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Soto- watch out Yasuda, Masa, Gari, Morimoto and Nobu!

There's a new sushi chef in town and he intends to run the rest of you out and he may just be able to pull it off. Sotohiro Kosugi just arrived from Atlanta where he was legend. A fellow hound whom I respect always told me the best sushi he'd ever had was years ago at a small place in Atlanta of all cities and now I know why. Located on an unlikely block on 6th avenue between West 4th and Washington Place, no sign (how come the greatest restaurants usually don't have a sign?)Soto doesn't even have a liquor license yet. But Sotohirosan doesn't care-he is obsessed with being the best. The sushi was impeccable-on a par at least with any of the great places mentioned above. But the prepared dishes were better than anything I recently had at per se. A giant New Zealand langostine was split open and broiled and covered with shitakes that had been thinly sliced and covered the perfectly cooked shellfish, a cold steamed lobster was formed in a perfect ring by lotus and was layered with an uni mousse and garnished with house smoked uni and caviar on a bed of thinly sliced cucumber rounds. The piece de resistance was the biggest bowl of fresh Santa Barbara uni I'd ever seen which was mixed with finely chopped squid and shiso (which made it look like an uni shell) and sitting in a soy sauce reduction and topped with a raw quail egg. Expensive (even without sake-it's BYOB for now!) and worth it.

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  1. hey, how hard was it to get a reservation?

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    1. re: cervisiam

      It was very busy but I came in at 9 without a reservation and they toldme to come back and seated me at 10.

    2. How much is the omakase? It was like $80 in ATL.

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      1. re: BryanZ

        he is not serving omakase yet but i ordered half of the menu

        1. re: guttergourmet

          So what am I looking at spending for a decent sized meal with minimal if any alcohol? 100? 120? More?

          1. re: BryanZ

            define "decent sized" ;-)

            we ate very well for about 100 a head (with tax but before tip). BYOB for now, no idea what their beverage prices will be.

            1. re: nuxvomica

              any idea when the omakase will be available?

              1. re: cervisiam

                they said it would be a while (that was on 5/4) before they offer it. The menu itself said "later this month." i think it's best to call and ask.

      2. Enticing as a place for my birthday - good for groups? What are typical dish prices? For sushi and dishes from the kitchen?

        1. I've looked and I can't seem to find a menu online. That would help answer most of our questions here!

          1. Gutter, thanks for the report and bummer that I won't be able to try this place out at the moment as I have left New York on a career break and am unlikely to be returning even once it's over. I had read about this guy and would very much like to try his fare so I'll make a note for my next visit.

            In the meantime, I'll have to content myself with the fact that my last day in NYC last week involved lunch at Yasuda and dinner at Ushi Wakamaru - gluttony I know but I felt quite pleased with myself!!

            1. does anyne have new info on this place? do they have their liquor license yet? do they take reservations?

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              1. re: zoni521

                I was there on Saturday-- yes they have a liquor license and yes they take reservations. I had no problem getting a resv the day of. I didn't see them on Opentable, which I prefer.

                Had a great meal. We regularly go to Blue Ribbon Sushi and Ushiwakamaru-- we thought Soto was fantastic. We did some of the apps, cooked dishes and the omakase.

                Really liked the citrus salmon and the steamed minute tai.

              2. i went the 3rd week they were open. i was horribly disappointed. i know someone who went last week and he claimed it to be better than the time i went there...(however his favorite sushi in town is Yasuda which i vehemently disagree with...i think seki is the best in town). anyway, i plan on giving it a second chance, but my recommendation would be to give the cooked dishes a try, i found a couple of them to be superb. sushi was underwhelming at best. raw fish dressed dishes missed the mark too.