Like every other Atlanta foodie, a short while back I dropped in the food Mecca that is New York. It was an ungodly trip of lusty, slutty, completely inappropriate foodie indulgence and I’m just now getting my thoughts organized and my photos online. I’ve long talked of my man love for Sotohiro Kosugi. The guy artist super hero is now up to two Michelin Stars. I think eating at Soto every time you (or me for that matter) hit NYC would be a good thing. For space’s sake, I was not able to include all the pictures; however, you can find the full Soto New York picture set on Flickr. Without further adieu, Soto Sushi in in pictures #Amazing #BeJealous #LetsGetItOn
While the James Beard Award may carry more notability around these parts, the Michelin Guide is in fact the real deal. Early this morning, the famed guidebook (and tire manufacturer), released their ratings for 2011. Of particular note to us in the Dirty, Sotohiro Kosugi garnered a second star for his well regarded New York City sushi bar. This is an astounding accomplishment, and with restaurants like Wylie Dufresne’s wd~50 sitting below Soto, you can tell this is an impressive heap to climb. While Bibendum is all smiles today, this serves as another twist to the gut for those of us her in Atlanta! If you’re curious to see the whole list, you can see it here!
Last night, while we some of you were sleeping, David Chang of Momofuku showed up on The Late Show with David Letterman. It was a promotional bit for Chang’s Momofuku cookbook, which you have to buy! The bit was pretty funny and full of Letterman’s usual antics (cigarette’s in food anyone?).
Chang, who has been on the tongue of gourmand’s for some time, recently spent some time with Creative Loafing, which got a good bit of attention around here in Atlanta. The New York restaurateur also made waves last year when he and Sotohiro Kosugi showed up in Spain at Madrid Fusion.
Mention the name David Chang to any food craved fan boy (cough … me), and you’ll probably hear a one word response: Love! The dude just kills it. His Momofuku restaurant empire is one of the most talked about restaurant groups I can think of. Meanwhile, his food is just freaking great.
Luckily for us, Creative Loafing’s Besha Rodell, our resident Aussie critic, had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Chang. On the heels of her jealousy inspiring Changian meal at Lantern, Rodell laid down a pretty quick interview, so there’s no good reason to skip it. Chang answered questions about his overall badasseness (sic), his incredible book (BUY IT!!!), and our long lost Sotohiro Kosugi (aka Soto). You may remember that Chang cooked with Soto during Madrid Fusion 2009.
Like I said, go give it a listen!
Most foodies know about the Michelin Guide; it is the most notable ratings guide I can think of. This year, former Atlanta resident Sotohiro Kosugi scored himself a star. His eponymous New York sushi bar is starting to pick up some of the acclaim that’s been long overdue. Congratulations to Sotohiro Kosugi, my favorite sushi chef anywhere!!!
Soto Japanese Restaurant Address & Information
357 Ave Of The Americas New York, NY 10014 // 212.414.3088
If you read this blog with any regularity, then you are well aware of my absolute idolization of former Atlanta resident and world-renowned super chef Sotohiro Kosugi. Kosugi crushed us all when he took his game to the big apple. As it turns out, some people who read my review decided to stop in on Soto on a recent trip to NYC. What follows is a recap of their trip to his namesake sushi bar. While they are most definitely fond of food, I think it’s nice to get some perspective on here from people who aren’t “foodies.”
Congratulations to Linton Hopkins of Atlanta’s Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch! Food & Wine magazine has just named Linton one of America’s best new chefs. A handful of other Atlanta chefs have won the award. Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison won for their work at Bacchanalia and Sotohiro Kosugi won during his time in the ATL.
While this wasn’t a big secret to everyone, it is great to see another Atlanta chef pushing the envelope while here in the city. Congrats to Linton, Greg, Regan, and all the gang for this win! It’s a team effort!
I am going on vacation the first part of next week; however, when I return, I will be sure to hit up Restaurant Eugene as soon as possible. They have a new small plates menu that looks very appealing (albeit very overwhelming)
From Food & Wine Website:
Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House, Atlanta
Restaurant Eugene: Restaurant Eugene Menu | Restaurant Eugene Reservations | Restaurant Eugene Website
Holeman & Finch: Holeman & Finch Menu | Reservations Not Accepted | Holeman & Finch Website
When Linton Hopkins was a kid, his mom once refused to make him hollandaise sauce for his eggs—so he prepared it himself, with a recipe from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Hopkins still has the (egg-stained) cookbook, plus a vast collection of others including Junior League and community cookbooks.
We loved: Chicken livers, soft grits, pickled peaches (at Restaurant Eugene); the H&F burger, served only after 10 p.m. (at Holeman & Finch Public House).
In the April 2009 issue of Bon Appétit, Sotohiro Kosugi’s New York namesake earned top billing as the best sushi spot in the entire country! No arguments from this foodie … you can read my review here! Despite Soto’s reputation as a sushi bully (WSJ), few can argue with his culinary prowess. Rock on Soto!
If you aren’t able to make it up to NYC, fear not … Chris Kinjo’s MF Buckhead also earned a spot on the top ten list. A top flight establishment, it’s as much show as it is substance. Some people are turned off by the price point; however, I find it quite reasonable when compared to high-end sushi spots around the country. I am anxiously awaiting my turn at their new omakase room.
Soto Restaurant Address & Information:
357 Ave Of The Americas New York, NY 10014 // P: 212.414.3088
The past few months, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time looking at the Madrid Fusion website. Well, the event has wrapped and the food scene is abuzz. Many great American chefs took part in the conference: Grant Achatz, David Chang, Harold McGee, and Jose Andres all made appearances. Of particular interest to those in Atlanta, Sotohiro Kosugi, to whom I swear an unabashed allegiance, was invited! Kosugi, now entrenched in New York, was asked to perform along David Chang of Momofuku. The dynamic duo was asked show off for a crowd of some of the most well respected foodies in the world. From what I have read, they knocked this one out of the park!!!! More after the jump …
Since Soto was just named the best sushi in New York City, I wanted to post a review I wrote a few months ago. Enjoy!
Sotohiro Kosugi’s food has been a staple of my diet for many years. I frequented his restaurant(s) in Atlanta more times than I can remember. Needless to say, I was devastated when he left. As with Chefs Guenter Seeger and Joel Antunes, Soto just did not fit here in Atlanta. Soto is an artist, and that does not translate well to the Atlanta scene. We’re getting better, but we’re just not there yet. While I will give this 5 stars all day, every day – it is not to say that Soto is absent of faults.