Max Soha

★★★★☆
  • 1274 Amsterdam Ave

    New York, NY 10027

    Cross street: at 123rd St.

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  • 212-531-2221

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Daily, noon-midnight

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It's light as air. I also love the fennel and arugula salad. FYI, the place is cash only. Love the bohemian/neighborhoody vibe and the outside seating on summer evenings.

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★★★★★

It's light as air. I also love the fennel and arugula salad. FYI, the place is cash only. Love the bohemian/neighborhoody vibe and the outside seating on summer evenings.

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I went there a couple of days ago with a friend for a late lunch. We ordered calamari as a starter. From the menu, we assumed it'd be normal fried calamari, but when it arrived, it wasn't what we had expected. It wasn't covered in batter at all and had a green pesto-looking sauce over it. We thought we'd try it anyway. Both of us found it to taste really fishy despite the sauce covering it up. I had around 2 pieces and then my stomach started to hurt as well. We complained about it to the waiter and asked them to exchange the plate for dessert or something, but the waiter said that we had eaten too much of it! We had both eaten two pieces each. He then had the audacity to ask whether we'd like it wrapped up in a box to go!

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★★☆☆☆

I went there a couple of days ago with a friend for a late lunch. We ordered calamari as a starter. From the menu, we assumed it'd be normal fried calamari, but when it arrived, it wasn't what we had expected. It wasn't covered in batter at all and had a green pesto-looking sauce over it. We thought we'd try it anyway. Both of us found it to taste really fishy despite the sauce covering it up. I had around 2 pieces and then my stomach started to hurt as well. We complained about it to the waiter and asked them to exchange the plate for dessert or something, but the waiter said that we had eaten too much of it! We had both eaten two pieces each. He then had the audacity to ask whether we'd like it wrapped up in a box to go!

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Until very recently, I loved this place. The food and wine were wonderful and the service was friendly.

However, since the start of new ownership in March, Max Soha has quickly gone downhill. The service is UTTERLY incompetent. It took the hostess an hour to figure out how to seat our party, when it should have taken 15 minutes. Our entrees were all brought out randomly and at different times. And most importantly, the food is nothing like it used to be. I'd always loved their lasagna, but it's turned into something that tasted like hamburger helper.

It's sad that something that was so good has lost all of its appeal, but I guess that frequently happens with new ownership.

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★☆☆☆☆

Until very recently, I loved this place. The food and wine were wonderful and the service was friendly.

However, since the start of new ownership in March, Max Soha has quickly gone downhill. The service is UTTERLY incompetent. It took the hostess an hour to figure out how to seat our party, when it should have taken 15 minutes. Our entrees were all brought out randomly and at different times. And most importantly, the food is nothing like it used to be. I'd always loved their lasagna, but it's turned into something that tasted like hamburger helper.

It's sad that something that was so good has lost all of its appeal, but I guess that frequently happens with new ownership.

Pros: Memories of what it used to be.

Cons: Sloppy and tasteless food, incompetent service, and lack of employee hygiene

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Max Soha is my all time favorite restaurant. I went on my first date there five years ago and haven't stopped going there. They are most famously known for their incredible home made pasta lasagna, but there simple tomato sauce is what makes this place so special. The tomatoes they use are incredibly fresh, as well as their bruschetta. I have to say, I have tried almost everything on the menu once, including their amazingly fruity sangria to their scrumptious desserts! I have even asked them to cater my wedding one day!!! :o)
I have been a huge supporter and local promoter of this restaurant to friends and family and continue to go here ona regular basis. Anyone who writes a negative review on them can't appreciate really good italian food!

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★★★★★

Max Soha is my all time favorite restaurant. I went on my first date there five years ago and haven't stopped going there. They are most famously known for their incredible home made pasta lasagna, but there simple tomato sauce is what makes this place so special. The tomatoes they use are incredibly fresh, as well as their bruschetta. I have to say, I have tried almost everything on the menu once, including their amazingly fruity sangria to their scrumptious desserts! I have even asked them to cater my wedding one day!!! :o)
I have been a huge supporter and local promoter of this restaurant to friends and family and continue to go here ona regular basis. Anyone who writes a negative review on them can't appreciate really good italian food!

Pros: Amazing food, drink and dessert!

Cons: Small environment

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I've enjoyed every meal that I've had at Max Soha, but the spaghetti with lamb ragu is definitely the best. Although summertime is best when you can sit outside, Max Soha is consistently delicious and staff are always friendly. It's pretty far uptown, but considering that the prices are unbelievably affordable, you can splurge on a cab!

2
★★★★☆

I've enjoyed every meal that I've had at Max Soha, but the spaghetti with lamb ragu is definitely the best. Although summertime is best when you can sit outside, Max Soha is consistently delicious and staff are always friendly. It's pretty far uptown, but considering that the prices are unbelievably affordable, you can splurge on a cab!

Pros: Affordable, patio seating, lamb ragu

Cons: somewhat cramped inside

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There are plenty of other cramped, drafty Italian eateries that you can go to to be ignored by your wait person and you don't have to go all the way to the 120's on Amsterdam. However, if you really don't want to pay much for your fairly decent Italian, I guess you'll just have to endure the charmless staff and elbow bumping.

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★★★☆☆

There are plenty of other cramped, drafty Italian eateries that you can go to to be ignored by your wait person and you don't have to go all the way to the 120's on Amsterdam. However, if you really don't want to pay much for your fairly decent Italian, I guess you'll just have to endure the charmless staff and elbow bumping.

Pros: Price for quality of food

Cons: Service and space

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If you go to Max Soha, definitely order the lamb ragu with spaghetti ($9.95). It is by far their best dish. All the other dishes are either decent or misses, but trust me, it is worth it to go to Max Soha just for this dish. I love the ambiance and the staff is great as well. And they must be doing something right...Columbia students and professors go there frequently. Friday nights have a long wait, but you won't be disappointed

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★★★★☆

If you go to Max Soha, definitely order the lamb ragu with spaghetti ($9.95). It is by far their best dish. All the other dishes are either decent or misses, but trust me, it is worth it to go to Max Soha just for this dish. I love the ambiance and the staff is great as well. And they must be doing something right...Columbia students and professors go there frequently. Friday nights have a long wait, but you won't be disappointed

Pros: Really good lamb ragu

Cons: Long waits, no credit cards

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Went to Max Soha last night with a bunch of friends to celebrate a birthday. Most dishes we tried were near flavorless and the pasta dishes were extremely chewy. The bread pudding was as hard as a rock and also lacking flavor. On a positive note, the service was adequate. Oh, and the large "cash only" signs definitely provided a certain ambiance - and a reminder that there was no way you could challenge the credit card charge for the awful food.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to Max Soha last night with a bunch of friends to celebrate a birthday. Most dishes we tried were near flavorless and the pasta dishes were extremely chewy. The bread pudding was as hard as a rock and also lacking flavor. On a positive note, the service was adequate. Oh, and the large "cash only" signs definitely provided a certain ambiance - and a reminder that there was no way you could challenge the credit card charge for the awful food.

Pros: None that come to mind

Cons: Awful food, disinterested service

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This is my favorite restaurant in the area, by far. The waiters are wonderful and even take the time to get to know you. Everything on the menu is wonderful. My only problem is that the gnocchi is so good, I can't seem to order anything else! The bread and dipping sauce they provide is amazing. A must if you are in the area.

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★★★★★

This is my favorite restaurant in the area, by far. The waiters are wonderful and even take the time to get to know you. Everything on the menu is wonderful. My only problem is that the gnocchi is so good, I can't seem to order anything else! The bread and dipping sauce they provide is amazing. A must if you are in the area.

Pros: Amazing Pasta, Friendly, European feel

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One of my favorites in the area -- fantastic Italian food that's not expensive at all. It's dimly lit, and would be really romantic (if it wasn't so crowded). In the summer, you can ask to be seated outside, and even if it there's no particular view, it's tons of fun. The waiters and waitresses are always attentive. Personal favorite: the gnocchi.

The only downside is the wait: expect to spend at least 20 minutes in line!

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★★★★★

One of my favorites in the area -- fantastic Italian food that's not expensive at all. It's dimly lit, and would be really romantic (if it wasn't so crowded). In the summer, you can ask to be seated outside, and even if it there's no particular view, it's tons of fun. The waiters and waitresses are always attentive. Personal favorite: the gnocchi.

The only downside is the wait: expect to spend at least 20 minutes in line!

Pros: Fantastic food, inexpensive

Cons: Long wait

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Max Soha is a nice little Italian restaurant very close to Columbia University. The decor is plain, yet cozy. The restaurant has outdoor seating and just enough room inside (parents: we were able to bring a stroller to the tableside). The menu was extensive, and there were a good number of daily specials. The waitstaff was pleasant and friendly.

Our meal was very good (black ravioli), served quickly, and not expensive.

The restaurant is cash only. Needless to say we had to leave to find the nearest ATM, then return to pay our bill. A bit of a hassle.

There's nothing really unique or stellar about this restaurant, but if you are near Columbia and looking for a new place, it's worth a try.

PROS: Good food, nice restaurant & outdoor seating
CONS: Cash only is a PITA

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★★★☆☆

Max Soha is a nice little Italian restaurant very close to Columbia University. The decor is plain, yet cozy. The restaurant has outdoor seating and just enough room inside (parents: we were able to bring a stroller to the tableside). The menu was extensive, and there were a good number of daily specials. The waitstaff was pleasant and friendly.

Our meal was very good (black ravioli), served quickly, and not expensive.

The restaurant is cash only. Needless to say we had to leave to find the nearest ATM, then return to pay our bill. A bit of a hassle.

There's nothing really unique or stellar about this restaurant, but if you are near Columbia and looking for a new place, it's worth a try.

PROS: Good food, nice restaurant & outdoor seating
CONS: Cash only is a PITA

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the food is simple and incredible tasting. the iced tea and wine list are delightful. with the exception of one slightly aloof but still efficient and civil waiter, the service is extraordinarily friendly. in fact, max has some of the best waiters around, especially the two guys from colombia--they rock! since i discovered it a few months ago, i've gone there to eat twice a week and can't think of a single bad thing to say about it. the bohemian atmosphere and non-servile staff might rub certain khaki-wearing family types with children in tow the wrong way, but leave them to the joyless corporate eateries of midtown!

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★★★★★

the food is simple and incredible tasting. the iced tea and wine list are delightful. with the exception of one slightly aloof but still efficient and civil waiter, the service is extraordinarily friendly. in fact, max has some of the best waiters around, especially the two guys from colombia--they rock! since i discovered it a few months ago, i've gone there to eat twice a week and can't think of a single bad thing to say about it. the bohemian atmosphere and non-servile staff might rub certain khaki-wearing family types with children in tow the wrong way, but leave them to the joyless corporate eateries of midtown!

Pros: great food, friendly waiters, iced tea

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I have eaten out a great deal in the past 20 years and have come across many great little gems but Max Soha is not one of them. From the reception at the door to the rude service and etible food I was truly disappointed again. I don't think a third time will happen. Go at your own risk but take it from me there are much better places in the area.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have eaten out a great deal in the past 20 years and have come across many great little gems but Max Soha is not one of them. From the reception at the door to the rude service and etible food I was truly disappointed again. I don't think a third time will happen. Go at your own risk but take it from me there are much better places in the area.

Cons: rude service, loud, not family friendly

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The best surprise is when your not expecting one. I was tired of the same old, same old so I decided to go uptown, way uptown. It was a nice combination of good food, good service and a fun atmosphere. Their homemade pasta was al dente!

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★★★★☆

The best surprise is when your not expecting one. I was tired of the same old, same old so I decided to go uptown, way uptown. It was a nice combination of good food, good service and a fun atmosphere. Their homemade pasta was al dente!

Cons: Music was a tad loud

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I just love this place. The food is delicious and inexpensive. I've been a frequent guest since I moved to the neighborhood. Their waiters are very personable and helpful, no complaints there. Overall, one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the city.

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★★★★★

I just love this place. The food is delicious and inexpensive. I've been a frequent guest since I moved to the neighborhood. Their waiters are very personable and helpful, no complaints there. Overall, one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the city.

Pros: Food, Service, Value

Cons: Small space

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I've never been a big fan of Italian food because the fare has never captured my attention, although I eat it quite often because my friends and family love Italian. However, I LOVE Max Soha and just may be my favorite restaurant in NYC. The creamed spinach and gnocchi is terrific, as is the lasagna. I don't understand why people said the staff is rude. Maybe that is because they are high-maintenance or rude clientele. They were extremely nice to me and very kind, each time i've gone. The small room makes the restaurant cozy and gives it it's atmosphere. GREAT PLACE

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★★★★★

I've never been a big fan of Italian food because the fare has never captured my attention, although I eat it quite often because my friends and family love Italian. However, I LOVE Max Soha and just may be my favorite restaurant in NYC. The creamed spinach and gnocchi is terrific, as is the lasagna. I don't understand why people said the staff is rude. Maybe that is because they are high-maintenance or rude clientele. They were extremely nice to me and very kind, each time i've gone. The small room makes the restaurant cozy and gives it it's atmosphere. GREAT PLACE

Pros: atmosphere, food, service

Cons: can't seat a lot

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I went to max soha last sunday, when they were almost about to close, and the food was amazing, the server was SUPER kind, I had such a great time!! try the black linguini with shrimps, and don't forget the Tiramisu, is the best in town!!!

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★★★★★

I went to max soha last sunday, when they were almost about to close, and the food was amazing, the server was SUPER kind, I had such a great time!! try the black linguini with shrimps, and don't forget the Tiramisu, is the best in town!!!

 

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