Eating Gluten Free NYC: Eating at Soto

Soto Front DoorSoto is a New York Times two-star sushi restaurant in the West Village.

Its not easy to find as it almost appears like an empty space with a elusive opening and set back walls from the glass store front. There is no sign: only the address: 357.

When you are entering the restaurant there is something quite magical about the mysterious entrance. It invites a vision of what the food will be like – crisp, simple, complicated, exclusive.

Soto does not disappoint.

Soto Sushi Gluten FreeIn my experience, sushi restaurants in NYC are highly versed in the gluten allergy situation and how to manage it. Its very simple for them to understand soy sauce in that – yes or NO? Gluten in that? Yes or NO.

Soto goes above and beyond this as the waitress knew exactly what was available to me on the menu once I explained my dietary restrictions. Things I pushed her on – the seaweed salad as I have been able to eat this at other places – she went and verified. They have gluten free soy sauce available.

About 60-70% of the menu is off limits to the gluten free eater. Soto is known for its Uni dishes but I am not a fan so I didn’t wander into that area of the menu.

Soto CarpaccioI choose one of the multiple carpaccio items on the menu: Red Snapper Carpaccio. This was extraordinary. It was seasoned perfectly with shiso one of my favorite flavors.

I followed this course with a series of simple rolls and selected fishes that were not high in mercury such as fluke.

All of the sushi that was ordered by my husband was specially flavored with soy sauce and wasabi while mine came with wasabi flavoring but I needed to add my own soy sauce.

I recommend this as a destination for a gluten free eater if they want to experience a true New York City ambiance restaurant. This place is definitely a 2 star with white table clothes and service to match. The chef takes the presentation of everything in the restaurant so seriously its quite an experience to behold.

Neighborhood: West Village

Address: 357 6 Avenue, New York, NY

Website: www.sotonyc.com

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