102 Suffolk St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.718602 -73.986183
Mon. - Sun. 12am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
what a waste of time – Saturday afternoon my friend and I went into Soy for a late lunch, about 5 pm. Having heard good things from friends it came with solid anticipation.
When we stepped in the door, we were the only people in the place. OK, this was an off time, understandably. We stood in the door a few moments before taking a seat, the owner, Etsko Kizawa was behind the counter working on side work, filling condiment bottles, replenishing napkins etc. We sat at our table for a few moments when she wondered over and gave us menus. Saying nothing she turned and walked away.
We read the menus, talked about many of the items and discussed what we might order, several moments passed and when it became embarrassing, to not say anything, there were after all only three people in the tiny little room, one being the server, I asked if we were to "place our orders at the counter?" at this Etsko held up her open palm, and grunted "one minute." after that "one minute" our very sour-faced server came over and took our order.
We ordered Beef Curry, and the Tuna Bowl. When our food came, we were shocked. I had what appeared to be seven or eight ounces of tuna and perhaps one quarter of an avocado on top of a full bowl of rice, lovely.
My friend had a plate of.....sauce. A large pool of indiscriminate brown gravy with a potato, a few peas and TWO little chunks of beef. I could look at the beef and see that she was being served perhaps one or one and a half ounces of beef in her plate of steaming brown fluid.
When we went to the counter with this complaint, the owner said in a Angry and shaking voice, "we don't put a pound of meat in our dishes." When I asked her what her portion was her response was "well I can give you maybe one more piece."
Dumbfounded and shocked my friend who had not eaten all day decided to eat what we had.
I couldn't eat . I was so appalled I became physically ill.
I will never understand the appeal of this place. "Home cooking." My home is a place of comfort, Soy is a place of shame.
So enter at your own risk and beware of Etsko Kizawa, she bites. Unless you are a masochist. If you are a masochist, then head down to the lower East side and pull up a chair at Soy for some good old fashioned public flogging. And if you are lucky, while you are lapping up your plates of sauce like the dogs we are, perhaps Etsko can come out and call you dirty names.
I am a SOY addict – This place is great but a bit small. Real deal Japanese home cooking food. Don't expect to see sushi on the menu. It is not a sushi or yakitori joint. My only complain is the small portion. BYOB.
User review by anemisar – Beyond excellent. I've been here a couple times; every dish I've had has been beyond belief. You can get an entree for around $7. When it comes, you'll think it isn't enough food, but it is! It is remarkably filling and satisfying. I recommend her soy smoothies.
That's O.K. – If you have never tried Japanese homestyle cooking, it's worthy(you'll know what they serve) .
But if you are Japanese food lover, it's waste of your time and money.
Honestly, I have no idea why people gives them high rating.
A low-key, vegetarian Japanese comfort-food cafe. – The Scene
The Delancey Street nighttime hustle quiets down on Suffolk, where apartments and low-cost housing loom over this block's sole eating establishment. Although the evenings-only Soy is mostly suited for takeout, the small, unpretentious interior is perfect for a contemplative, solo dinner or a quick, casual bite with a friend.
The restaurant's name may sound like a purely vegetarian oasis, but this homestyle Japanese cookery serves several meat dishes and fish specials in addition to its exquisite tofu and vegetable entrees and side dishes. Warm, subtle flavors grace every bite, from appetizers like gomoku-mame--soybeans delicately simmered with shiitake mushrooms, burdock, and carrots--to curry rice, a thick, savory beef and potato stew. Treasure sacks--fried tofu pouches with a vegetable filling--are highly addictive.
Overrated – After hearing good things about the restaurant, I finally decided to try the food. Needless to say, I was highly disappointed. It did not live up to expectation. While the restaurant seem to be a one woman operation, service was still considered to be very slow. Since there was only one customer finishing up. I expected my order to be filled quickly. For what I considered to be simple dishes, Gyoza, Milk Shake, and Miso Pork, the whole order took over 30 mins to fill. Though I am not an expert in cooking, I am certain the food was not made fm scratch at the time of the order. Taking over 30 mins to fill an order of 3 simple dishes is seriously unacceptable. After having tasted the food, I have to say, it was not worth the wait.
charming and comforting – I rarely order anything aside from the daily specials at soy, but the kenchin jiru and miso soups are great for fighting colds and flu. The veggie gyoza are superb as well as the spinach with sesame sauce. My favorite item, however, was a special soup that I've only seen there once, which was a tomato lentil. Hopefully she'll make it again!
cheap authentic food 4 delivery – Great Japanese food. not just vegetairian, daily specials are awsome
Healthy food. – Soy is able to enlighten people who have misconceptions about Japanese food; some people believe that the only common Japanese food is Sushi. This is not true. This restaurant serves real Japanese home cooking that is healthy, hearty and
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