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Respond to Review of CLOSED: Soy and Sake Village
by sirhin

Review: I came here for the sushi. I went to a vegan sushi place in LA previously and I was craving it again and was ecstatic that NYC offered such a place. Granted, that Soy & Sake is not primarily a sushi restaurant, it does boast a pretty good sushi menu. NOTE: they offer you an option of seats - oceanside or city view. Basically, there's this huge fish tank on one side and a large window on the other. The fish tank threw me off, but I love animals so I ended up sitting there since they're more exciting than people watching (it was late so the passersby were few in between). The sushi was good! My husband was iffy. He's more of the traditional sort and was vegetarian for most of his life so he doesn't like exploring whereas before I became vegetarian, I was a self-proclaimed sushi-tarian (in that I only ate raw seafood or sushi in general if I had to eat meat). Sushi is still a soft spot of mine so I had to come. He actually loved it! We got the Veggie Lover Roll, the Volcano Roll, and the Crunchy Roll. Our waitress' English wasn't the best but the sauce they use supposedly use no onion and garlic. Three rolls for two people was perfect, which was good, because they didn't come cheap. We weren't full but we didn't leave hungry. The rice was perfectly cooked and the texture was great. The veggie "fish" they used was tender with some bite and flavorful and the sauces complimented the contents perfectly. If I had a fatter wallet and a larger stomach (and fast metabolism), I would have totally been open to ordering another roll or two. I was a little curious about the bento, but those items seemed less friendly to vegetarians who avoid onion and garlic. All in all, not bad. The service was good and as helpful as could be even though there was a large party and a steady stream of customers. The owner (?) was nice but she mainly handled the duties of a hostess. The decor was good (despite the large fish tank), the lighting dim, and though it was small, it didn't feel cramped. Do note that it's right on top of the subway line so whenever a train would pass under, the entire place would shake. However, I didn't mind that too much - it amused me more.

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