Soogil

4.5
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24 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Born and raised in South Korea, Chef Soogil Lim was originally majoring in Biology. His interest in culinary world was sparked when he went into a restaurant and saw a sign that said “Make People Happy.” It prompted him to research culinary education and enter the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Upon graduation, he began his training in French cuisine at Daniel, one of New York’s most acclaimed fine dining restaurants. Through his hard work and great talent, he was able to move up the ranks and become the first Korean Sous Chef in the restaurant’s history. After working for 7 years under Chef Daniel Boulud (three as Sous Chef) and honing his French technique, he became Executive Chef at Hanjan, where he ran the kitchen for 4 years. With the opening of his own restaurant, Chef Soogil Lim will blend the two backgrounds he knows best: French and Korean.
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M
France
12 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Soogil is stunning without being flashy: impeccable ingredients and execution with subtle and precise flavors. The service is warm and attentive, neither fawning nor pretentious, and the wine list is well-chosen and not extortionately priced (for New York). After only two dinners there, it already has become a favorite!

JB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is good, interesting, but not spectacular. The Yellowfin appetizer was tasty the glass noodle dish was interesting; the Mung-Bean pancake waa crispy but bland. The spare rib was tender & the sauce combined with the rice was very good! The duck was a bit overcooked, but tasty & paired well with the wild rice. The Jenga Tower was both crispy & chewy dough sticks with tasty gelato & the Passion Fruit tart half was ok. The staff were attentive & helpful. Great place to try during Restaurant Week!

M
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is small but nicely laid out and comfortable. The food is very good, but the portions are small, so that a filling meal would be rather expensive The tartare, hamachi sashimi and glass noodles were all good. I liked the BBQ rib (singular), my friend enjoyed the eel, but another friend found the monkfish only fair. The duck was a bit bland. The passion fruit tart was excellent. The service was attentive and informative. Our waitress followed us outside to say goodbye and thank us for dining.

S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 2

NO AIRCONDITIONING!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food great, but we were sat so close to another group even though the resturant wasn't full. I completely get that in a full resturant, but since they had the space I would have liked some.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience! We had walked by the previous weekend and happened to see the menu... then read about the chef/owner and couldn’t wait to try it! Everything was delicious and beautiful! The lighting was perfect... which is sooooo important! We sat at the bar which was great! We will be back with friends!

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time. The chef’s tasting menu was delicious, and good value for the price. I absolutely loved the uni dish and my mom’s favorite was the harimasa. The two beef dishes are too sweet for my mom and me but my dad loved that sweetness. Next time I will try the a la cart.

A
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We came for Restaurant week menu, we ordered also off the a la carte menu. Food is creative, tasty and very well presented on a set of beautiful flatware. A nice gem for the neighborood!
Congratulations Chef Soogil!
My favorite dishes were Hiramasa & Nurungji Gras but the Passion Fruit Tart stealed the show (even thought it was cut in half...)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish and drink was fantastic. Can’t go wrong.

N
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the tasting menu and it was delicious. The Hamachi was the best dish with the short rib a close second but honestly it was all good.

RL
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Soogil has added new dishes to their menu. We especially like a kobe beef with bone marrow in both the rice and an accompanying soup. Their white asparagus appetizer was excellent. This is one of the most innovative and accomplished Korean restaurants in NYC.

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday. We loved the open exterior and decor of the interior. Staff were friendly and attentive as I'd expect. We started with the popular sweet potato beignets, which were good and paired nicely with the kimchi soup, but probably a bit misleading to call them "beignets" (they are a bit too dense whereas I'd expect beignets to be fluffier). Gf had the Wagyu & Bone Marrow, which were delicious and comforting, respectively. I had the Organic Chicken which had a nice, crispy skin and overall just tasted great and paired well with the rest of the dish. We tried both desserts: the Jenga tower had a very interesting flavor and texture, but probably not something I'd order again. I probably preferred the Passion Fruit Tart which was very well done and tasted great, but not as much of a standout as compared to the entrees. The drinks were also quite good ("The Korean Kiss" and "Yuzu Spice")

Overall, Soogil pulls off some fairly creative things blending Korean and French food without being the usual gimmicky "fusion". The entrees were designed very thoughtfully and we were impressed with how well the elements of the appetizer and entrees paired. Drinks were worth it, and if we came again, I'd probably just skip the desserts. Would definitely recommend coming here, as I could see this place earning a Michelin star someday!

D
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Soogil is fantastic. This is one of the best places to eat in nyc. If you love food and want a memorable dinning experience, Soogil is a great place to eat. Dinning at Soogil offers customers a beautiful dinning room and location. An expertise in French and Korean culinary arts that delivers amazing dishes well executed by the chef. This fusion of food offers customers innovative dishes as well as classic dishes.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a friend's birthday here and the staff was really wonderful. The restaurant is beautiful and the food options, plating, quality and taste exceeded expectations. Would highly recommend.

KQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really awesome meal! we had the tasting menu which I would highly recommend.
the yellow tail was perfection and I will definitely visit again on another trip to NYC

P
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Soogil is a quaint little Korean-inspired gem in the East Village. My wife and I tried it on date night, based on the positive New York Times review. We were not disappointed. This restaurant is just fabulous. We started with the Glass Noodle small plate — which was very tasty. The bulgogi was quite crispy and delicious. We followed this up with the squid sausage dish, which had a wonderful texture and mix of spices. The grilled eel was likewise superbly prepared, although we liked the squid better. As our final dish, we enjoyed the Wagyu & Bone Marrow - with soup. This was an extremely interesting dish, both in flavor and presentation. The drinks were also as interesting and delicious as the food.

Overall, Soogil is definitely the most creative Korean restaurant we’ve ever enjoyed, perhaps because of the French influence from Chef Soogil Lim. We will definitely be back. Next time, we will select the tasting menu. The restaurant is small, so I’d recommend booking a reservation early.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere and food, I would come back here again!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought my relatives visiting from California there. We all got the chef’s tasting menu and we’re not disappointed! We all also got cocktails and Soogil was even able to provide a virgin version for my friend. My relatives said it was their best meal in NYC.

E
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal! We did the tasting menu. Completely satisfied. One in our party was vegetarian and substations were made to accommodate which were delicious.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, simple and beautiful ambiance, very neat and cozy place. Great for a date or dinner with a friend.

K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Ambiance was great with comfortable seating!

PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique cookery with a personal touch. We enjoyed the drinks. Wasabi cucumber margarita is recommended! We did not try the prix fixe menus, which we will definitely do on the next visit.

BM
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved the prix fixe menu at Soogil! It’s a tremendous value and some of the absolutely best and most unique food you’ll eat! Start to finish, our meal, the service and the ambiance were superb.

MS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Korean melded with French. What a wonderful experience every time.

A spare, pretty space with flattering lighting. Candles are on bare wood tabletops with flowers placed here and there. There is also comfortable bar seating. I personally love the the flatware and high quality chopsticks.

Inventive Soju cocktails, some served in playful stemware, and a brief wine list with many good selections (half the list is under $70, with plenty by the glass) round out the beverage choices of beer, rice wine, soju, and tea. Sun-Thu Happy Hour on beer, wine, and cocktails.

Service is attentive, but not fussy. (Thank you, Chris.) The kitchen serves at a leisurely (but enjoyable) pace. The menu is divided into three parts, Small, Large, & Desserts. I've tasted most items on the menu, and have never been disappointed. Favorite starters are the Glass Noodle and Sweet Potato beignets w/chilled kimchi soup. For the mains, I keep going back to the Eel , Monk Starr, and Wagyu & Bone Marrow. The Jenga-Tower is a fun dessert to split. There's also a chef's tasting menu (& a vegetarian version) @ $68 for nine courses.

There is also brunch Sat-Sun 12:00 -- 3:00.

Soogil is one of my favorite restaurants in the East Village. Very good food at a reasonable price. The chef is a veteran of both Daniel and Hanjan.
It's easy to spend an hour or two here. Great for a date, catching up with friends, or just some serious eating for foodies.