Soy

Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Kate Y.
    "The spicy tuna and avocado bowl is so good."(7 Tips)
    Judy C.
    "Try the Ginger soy pork, curry rice and tofu pudding."(5 Tips)
    Collette S.
    "Beef and Potato Niku Jaga"(4 Tips)
    Heidi N.
    "Spicy tuna avocado bowl, meat gyoza and ginger lemonade."(3 Tips)
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  • Vince W.
    Vince WongJanuary 15, 2013
    Soy is a cute Japanese spot tucked away in the LES. I enjoyed the spicy tuna & avocado rice bowl, as well as the sesame tofu pudding. Portions on the small side, yet satisfying. Next up: the Niku Jaga
  • Collette S.
    Collette SNovember 17, 2015
    One of my favorite LES neighborhood spots. Homestyle Japanese cooking with a mostly soy based menu. GET: Gyoza, Potato & Beef Croquette, Ginger Pork, Beef and Potato Niku Jaga
  • Edlyn Y.
    Edlyn YuenOctober 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Happiness is diving into a bowl of green tea tofu pudding...after eating meat gyozas and curry rice. Yum. Ask about Etsuko's cooking classes - I took the dessert class and it was so much fun.
  • Harry R.
    Harry RaymondJune 17, 2015
    Spicy tuna and avocado bowl is the move. You can skip the $0.75 tempura flakes. Not worth the money. Overall, cozy place with healthy food.
  • Josef S.
    Josef SzottenFebruary 6, 2016
    A lovey homey Japanese place. I have to chime in with the rest - get the tuna bowl. Not loads of space though so be ready to squeeze. It's worth it.
  • Lily
    LilyJanuary 2, 2015
    NYT recommended (1/1/15): "Hijiki; veggie gyoza; chilled tofu; edamame and cheese rolls; kenchin jiru soup; spicy tuna and avocado bowl; tofu steak; everything burger; tofu pudding."
  • Greg B.
    Greg BlochAugust 18, 2014
    Everything is delicious, though the place is small and had limited work hours. Come and try the different types of tofu and miso soups.
  • Micco W.
    Micco WuFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    I love this homey Japanese restaurant. Everything is super healthy and it's Vegan friendly! I visit this place almost every week
  • Justin B.
    Justin BaumMay 14, 2016
    One of my favorite lunch spots in the neighborhood. Spicy tuna bowl is great.
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BlissJanuary 13
    The niku jaga beef is tender and flavorful. Soups are hearty. Pretty quick service too!
  • Judy C.
    Judy CariMarch 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It is my quick, cheap meal for no frills japanese home cooking. Try the Ginger soy pork, curry rice and tofu pudding.
  • Matt P.
    Matt PilieroDecember 9, 2015
    Spicy tuna bowl, spinach appetizer, and beef stew were all great
  • Gael
    GaelOctober 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The rice is amazing. The food tastes so hearty and healthy. Place to go homemade, non-sushi Japanese cuisine.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonApril 19, 2016
    A weird little place with delicious food. As everyone else says, get the spicy tuna avocado bowl.
  • Raj P.
    Raj PFebruary 3, 2016
    Everything was good. We had the gyu-don and the tuna-avocado bowl. Also the sake. Good Sake.
  • Jen S.
    Jen ShinAugust 29, 2015
    spicy tuna avocado bowl all the way. cozy, homey decor
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezOctober 4, 2016
    If you ever wondered what's is like to taste the home cooking of your Japanese's friend mom, here is where you want to be
  • Jin L.
    Jin LiAugust 31, 2010
    The homemade style beef and potatoe is very authentic and tasty. It's a home-y, hole in the wall. I patron this little place twice a year when I visit NYC.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanFebruary 17, 2015
    Get the spicy tuna and avocado bowl even if you don't like tuna, it's that good.
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinNovember 19, 2016
    Quaint little place! Portions small, but appropriately priced. The tuna avocado is their most popular dish.
  • Cécile
    CécileJanuary 4, 2014
    My favorite spot for homemade japanese cuisine. It's unpretentious, adorable, good, and cheap.
  • Daniele C.
    Daniele CodegaSeptember 18, 2014
    Great little gem! Get the Spicy Tuna and Avocado Bowl and a Ginger Lemonade.
  • Casey K.
    Casey KilloranApril 13, 2016
    Really good food. Small portions. Try the spicy tuna and avocado bowl. Soooo good.
  • Saba N.
    Saba NekoJanuary 27
    Niku jaga is delicious, children's art all over the walls - homey environment, great food!
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanFebruary 15, 2015
    The spicy tuna and avocado bowl is so good.
  • `matt !.
    `matt !attackAugust 22, 2015
    Consumes 1x Spicy Tuna & Advocado bowl. *Levels up* Rice & Tuna balanced and seasoned perfectly.
  • Danny T.
    Danny TrejoAugust 7, 2015
    This place is delicious. The spicy tuna avocado bowl is where it's at.
  • Gia K.
    Gia KuanJune 20, 2011
    Edamame & cheese sprig roll + flaked salmon and collared green rice - yummy home made cooking!
  • Heidi N.
    Heidi NgJanuary 12, 2016
    Spicy tuna avocado bowl, meat gyoza and ginger lemonade. Repeat.
  • Jenny G.
    Jenny GrangeMay 18, 2015
    The beef curry is really tasty- more like a slightly spicy stew than curry.
  • Paul W.
    Paul WagnerAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Japanese home cooking. Not at all gourmet, but nice comfort food
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 22, 2015
    Order the beef & potato dish & the ginger pork
  • Gildas L.
    Gildas LefevreOctober 7, 2016
    The spicy salmon and avocado bowl is to die for!
  • Lindon C.
    Lindon ChenOctober 13, 2015
    cute homecooked meals. try the spicy tuna and avocado bowl
  • Olga B.
    Olga B.September 3, 2010
    The spicy tuna & avocado bowl is absolutely on point. Great, cheap, hole in the wall find.
  • Sharon V.
    Sharon VOctober 30, 2015
    That tuna and avocado bowl is worth all the hype! So perfect.
  • Bianca N.
    Bianca NgAugust 26, 2016
    The perfect lunch! Love the salmon with rice.
  • Erin O.
    Erin OsbournApril 11, 2013
    The tuna avocado bowl is delish!!
  • Charles A.
    Charles AdlerAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ramen is my go-to dish. So great. So simple.
  • Cristina S.
    Cristina SánchezOctober 16, 2016
    The food was a little bland. Moreover we were asked for tips at the moment we paid when in fact the ticket indicated the exact amount we had to leave.
  • Vishal G.
    Vishal GuptaFebruary 2, 2016
    Great, inexpensive Japanese food.
  • Amruta B.
    Amruta BugeJanuary 7
    🇯🇵🍛 Japanese Curry Rice!
  • R
    RAugust 17, 2012
    Hole in the wall Japanese comfort food. Pretty good
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanAugust 23, 2016
    Spicy tuna is awesome
  • Agata S.
    Agata SeidelFebruary 20, 2010
    More Jane Jacobs Less Marc Jacobs is their moto- they kill with steely eyes if you use your mobile to catch on the gossip- stick with the coffee and run!
  • Forrest M.
    Forrest ManningAugust 24, 2015
    tuna avocado bowl!
  • Edlyn Y.
    Edlyn YuenFebruary 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Curry rice for lunch
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PereiraApril 3, 2010
    Tofu pudding in sesame or red bean!
  • MidgeMadge D.
    MidgeMadge DAugust 5, 2009
    get her Ginger lemonade and put it in your freezer for a slushie
  • MidgeMadge D.
    MidgeMadge DJuly 23, 2009
    miso tofu
  • Stéphanie N.
    Stéphanie NtAugust 28, 2016
    Une cuisine japonaise faite maison , hyper saine et hyper savoureuse et à petit budget en plus !! Superbe petite découverte d'un lieu cosy . À faire absolument #Soy #LowerEastSide
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