28 E 13TH St Ste 1, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.734731 -73.992847
Mon. - Sat. 10am - 11pm;Sun. 10am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Greenwich Village
Love this place! – Souen has been one of my NY favs for a few years now. They recently did a major renovation and the space looks incredible.
It is a macrobiotic restaurant that is super consistent with quality. Must haves: The Garden Rolls...fish...chickpea croquettes, and the veggie tempura is awesome. All of the dishes are perfectly delicious and balanced!
They also have great lunch specials.
My favorite restaurant! – I am a foodie. Trying out many different restaurants in NYC, and in all areas of travel. Souen is my ultimate favorite. It never disappoints. My favorite favorite is their scone. I would go out of my way in the middle of the day to satisfy my cravings for it. The carob chip with apricot bits is by far the best.
good but not nearly the same, disappointed – had i not been addicted to the food at the 13th st souen i would have enjoyed my meal there last week - however, i was one of those people who was so in love with the food (which was always quite different at the downtown location which i didn't like nearly as much) that when i went back suuuper excited after their reopening i almost cried. the menu is different and the preparation is the same as the west village location. if you're looking for the souen you knew and loved, don't fear, we overheard people in the restaurant saying the original people from that location opened a new place right across the street and we went last night and it was perfect! so if you want all those items you know and love, try PURUME instead across the street you won't be disappointed.
Quality, organic dining in Union Square – This macrobiotic Japanese restaurant and tea house is a simple but quality restaurant with good, friendly vibes. White lights strewn across the balcony ledge and a peace sign displayed on the backwall set the stage for dining. Although its hard not to stick with the tried and true staples, like the kimpira sandwich or the sesame sourdough bread, venturing out and trying new dishes like the hefty size garden salad or the broiled tofu okabe is always satisfying. Great for dates, good friends, business meetings or alone, its becoming a good and classic staple for quality food in NYC.
Delicious healthy food – I have never had much macrobiotic food before Souen and what I had didn't make me excited to try it here, but wow was I pleasantly surprised! They have fish/sushi for the omnivores/pescitarians in your life, and everything else on the menu is a vegetarian/vegan dream. The menu is varied and includes a great glossary to initiate you into ingredients you might not have heard of. I've had their bimbimbab, tempeh in mushroom in gravy, and their fried seitan breaded w/ pfufed millet. Everything was delicious and freshly prepared. The seitan was so light and not at all greasy that I can't believe that it was fried - they obviously keep very clean oil and have their fryers at the right temperature. I also just feel so GOOD after I eat their food - it's filling and healthy and delicious and I highly recommend it.
bland and bad service – I usually don't write reviews unless I really dislike a restaurant. The service was terrible, waitress took forever to take our orders and the food was garbage! I love vegetarian food but this place is nothing great. It's overpriced and there's no flavor at all.
I RECOMMEND House of Vegetarian on Mott St. Now that's what I call GOOD FOOD!
Souen is the Shiznit – Please take note--this review based on my experience at the new 6th St. locale, situated b/t 1st Av/2nd Ave. This is the first positive review of a place I've ever written. Souen hits on all cylinders. The organic veggies are so fresh and bursting with flavor. The broth also is savory. The lunch special is tight, featuring a ramen bowl and a side item (might I recommend the Onigiri--a rice ball wrapped in seaweed, but you get to wrap it yourself!) for $10. The servers are enthusiastic about the cuisine and also quite knowledgable. W/o my asking I was provided by my waitress a description of all the liquids and spices on the table. To her credit, the waitress--an avid cartoon buff-- was also willing to indulge my desire to discuss baseball and japanese cinema. The decor is minimalist and creates a serene ambiance. Are there any negatives at all to this place? One might argue that the way the specials are listed on the wall conjures up images of his kindergarten classroom, but for me the thought of kindergarten conjures up solely positive memories. Didn't we get to change clothes with the girls daily? Anyhow, do yourself a favor and visit Souen for light, fresh and healthy and zesty fare, if not for an opportunity to reminisce about changing beside the young ladies in kindergarten.
Don't ever change!!!! – I've been eating here for over 10 years and it's my favorite restaurant in NYC. Why? Because it's delicious, clean food, and it's moderately priced. Healthy eating doesn't have to be more expensive. There is so much fat/salt/sugar hidden in food at other restaurants, and ever since I started seeing a nutritionist, I've been off sugar and simple carbs, among other things, Souen has been my staple. The zen atmosphere is soothing as well...this place is my comfort zone.
Delicious Chirachi Sushi, and more! – Mmmm, what a great find this place is! You may need to wait for a few minutes for a table (as far as I know they don't take reservations) but you won't care once you get a spot, order a carrot juice with fresh ginger and a the HUGE Chirachi Sushi (plenty big enough for two). Friendly wait-staff (and cute too!), and wholesome fresh food - quite reasonably priced. What more could you ask for?!
just like in japan!! – I have been here numerous times and always feel a sense of calm when sitting among the wooden walls and plants of this true to japanese home-cooking restaurant. The food is simple and sumptuous!!! Every dish is pure in flavor and ingredients. It is a true gem!!!! I recommend any of their soup dishes -- the broths are unbelievably tasty!!! And they have kabacha (a japanese pumpkin)!!! The Kanteen dessert is a meal in itself!! GO HERE!!!
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