Respond to Review of CLOSED: Soy and Sake Village
by Todd P
Review: I've been going to this place for almost 12 years, back when it operated under the name Dragonfly. They always had great vegan food, but they reopened as a purely vegetarian restaurant a few years back. The menu is basically Asian-fusion, including a sushi menu, as well as American comfort food such as you might find in VP2 or Red Bamboo. Unlike VP2 or Red Bamboo, Soy & Sake is a much more spacious and pleasant space. The food is better as well. The dishes are heavy on the fake meat, but there are a lot of tofu-based entrees as well. There are loads of appetizers and they are excellent. Not all of the food is vegan, but the vast majority is. The dessert menu is small, but good. The beer selection has a couple of standouts as well--try the Peach Lambic. The location is great--a few blocks south of the Christopher St. 1 station, with a great view of 7th Ave. The staff has always been very friendly and helpful in my experience. The sushi is good, but can't compare to a dedicated sushi place. It's nice to have a purely veg sushi menu though. The back section of the restaurant is a comfy bar and is a great place to hang out with friends. My only problem with Soy & Sake is the large fishtank that bisects the restaurant. You'd think a vegetarian restaurant wouldn't use living creatures as decoration. All in all, though, Soy & Sake is absolutely one of the best veg restaurants in the city. It never hits the culinary heights of Blossom or Candle 79, but is a solid, reasonably-priced restaurant that can be feel intimate, but is still spacious enough to accommodate large groups of friends.