(Now Closed)
Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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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
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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, 2017
    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
  • Domina
    DominaOctober 23, 2015
    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
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinNovember 19, 2016
    Quaint little place! Portions small, but appropriately priced. The tuna avocado is their most popular dish.
  • 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
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanFebruary 17, 2015
    Get the spicy tuna and avocado bowl even if you don't like tuna, it's that good.
  • Cécile
    CécileJanuary 4, 2014
    My favorite spot for homemade japanese cuisine. It's unpretentious, adorable, good, and cheap.
  • Saba N.
    Saba NekoJanuary 27, 2017
    Niku jaga is delicious, children's art all over the walls - homey environment, great food!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Jenny G.
    Jenny GrangeMay 18, 2015
    The beef curry is really tasty- more like a slightly spicy stew than curry.
  • Heidi N.
    Heidi NgJanuary 12, 2016
    Spicy tuna avocado bowl, meat gyoza and ginger lemonade. Repeat.
  • Paul W.
    Paul WagnerAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Japanese home cooking. Not at all gourmet, but nice comfort food
  • 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
  • Bianca N.
    Bianca NgAugust 26, 2016
    The perfect lunch! Love the salmon with rice.
  • Sharon V.
    Sharon VOctober 30, 2015
    That tuna and avocado bowl is worth all the hype! So perfect.
  • Olga B.
    Olga B.September 3, 2010
    The spicy tuna & avocado bowl is absolutely on point. Great, cheap, hole in the wall find.
  • 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.
  • Erin O.
    Erin OsbournApril 11, 2013
    The tuna avocado bowl is delish!!
  • Amruta B.
    Amruta BugeJanuary 7, 2017
    🇯🇵🍛 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
  • Forrest M.
    Forrest ManningAugust 24, 2015
    tuna avocado bowl!
  • Edlyn Y.
    Edlyn YuenFebruary 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Curry rice for lunch
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinMay 13, 2017
    It's too bad this place closed :(
  • MidgeMadge D.
    MidgeMadge DJuly 23, 2009
    miso tofu
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