Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Soju
145 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120140.690628 -73.995211
Neighborhoods: Brooklyn Heights
Below Par – Food not that good
Service not that bright
Price not that fair
Ambience not that unique
The drinks were good
Panda Express is comparable
Loved it! – Quite simply...
*food is delicious and creatively prepared - a unique menu in all the neighborhood
*the owners and staff are warm and friendly
*the space itself feels good - good lighting, adequate space at your table, etc
*drinks - soju, which is a kind of korean sake, is worth trying, plus they've got some really unique Asian beers that you should ask about (our favorite is called Halida, a Vietnamese beer)
Another thing that is different about Soju...the owners, Joe and Diane (who are simply two of the nicest people we have met in the entire city) live in and have roots in this neighborhood. They didn't open the place to cash in on the Brooklyn thing. As a result, Soju retains a homey feel. Joe and Diane know many of the customers by name even when the place is full.
There's a 1st time for everything...& a last – I was excited to try this place because it looked cozy from the outside. I stood in the doorway for over 10 mins while the staff watched me before some guy finally seated me & the restaurant wasn't busy. The mandu was typical, just packaged differently, but nothing extraordinary in taste. The martini I drank was so weak & sweet I couldn't drink it & my entree was brought to me luke warm. I asked the server if he could heat it up & he told me they don't use microwaves--wich is good cause it means the food is fresh, but it could also mean he was too lazy to take the food back to the kitchen. Overall, I would NEVER go there again...the people & food were so impersonable.
Blah food, blah place, blah staff – Where to begin. It's not that I had a bad experieince at this restaurant, it's just that nothing about it sticks out. I'm writing this review because a friend of mine asked me how I liked it & I couldn't remember. I had to actually go back & walk inside & look at a menu to remember this place. Then it hit me why I forgot about it--because it was boring. The atmosphere was unexciting, the food was typical & edible at best & the staff lacked enthusiasm.
Not worth your time or $$$ – I was in here about 2 weeks ago & a server spilled some sticky sauce on my purse. She said "opps" & never apologized for ruining my bag. I talked to the owner & he fakely apologized. He didn't comp me my meal, offer dessert or offer to pick up the bill to have my purse cleaned. It's not that I wanted something for free, it's just that a jesture to do so would be nice. As far as the food goes-it's average. Just your normal run of the mill asian restaurant trying to be unique & trendy. It's not.
The best food and the sexiest chef in Brooklyn! – Delicious, delicious and delicious food! You'll enjoy the best Korean/asian fusion food and some really unusual drinks. The place has the coolest owner and the sexiest chef and they treat everyone with a warm personal touch. I had a great time!
Soju: always great, and what you make it – The atmosphere grabs you when you walk inside- sort of a cross between Auntie Mame's basement and the culinary equivalent of deco. The food is amazing, and has been varied every time I've gone. A new menu is coming in, so I guess there'll be new faves to try. The drink Soju itself is a wave- smooth as water but can overcome. It can be the perfect date place, lounge-y, or homey. If Soju was in Manhattan, it'd be cool; because it's in BKNY, it's cooler.
Not worth your time – Went here after a wonderful evening at Floyds. The server didn't know his menu, couldn't offer any recommendations & was completely unattentive. The food was even worse. The yard bean entree was bland & didn't satisfy my appetite. The soup came with the broth in a teapot, but the lid fell off the minute I poured it. The hot tea was horrible, so watered down I felt like I was drinking hot water. The only redeeming quality was the decor, which was lit by candles that glowed against red walls. This place is a sinking ship.
Worth the Walk Away From Smith St. – Great alternative to your favorite other Asian restaurant that you may have tired of - Japanese, Thai, Chinese - because it incorporates many different flavors into its menu. Cozy and warm indoor atmosphere and quiet and tasteful outdoor area. Several varied sauces and seasonings come with every meal so it's easy to adjust the heat to your own personal preference. Unique drink menu. Very professional service - attentive, not over-bearing.
User review by morck – Very tasty food. Good and fast service, short wiating time for food. Extremly good for the price.
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