A Saturday afternoon at Soy Asian Cuisine looks like this: A banquet-sized dining room with a fiercely attentive staff making sure each table feels like the center of the universe. A diner has only to look up from the menu and a member of the waitstaff is instantly table side, poised to take an order. It’s an old-school approach to hospitality that makes dining out a pleasure. The only dilemma is deciding whether to order Japanese or Thai. A meal that begins with conversation over steaming cups of green tea and bowls of salty edamame ends with spicy salmon rolls topped with fresh tuna and wasabi aioli. For a moment, you forget you’re in the middle of Monticello.
Before Soy Asian Cuisine, quality sushi was a mere figment of the upstater’s imagination. A good California roll was as elusive as a twenty-point buck. Originally from Queens, the owners of Soy Asian Cuisine started coming to the area as weekenders in search of respite from the downstate bustle. Hungry travelers accustomed to the variety back home, they quickly discovered the serious lack of Asian dining options. When a large space centrally located on Broadway in Monticello became available, they jumped at the opportunity to open a new eatery. Their backgrounds in hospitality and the restaurant industry made it a no-brainer.
The goal was to offer a wide range of lunch and dinner options, including Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes, all made with the freshest ingredients and served in a relaxed atmosphere.The owners of Soy Asian Cuisine still take frequent trips downstate and love both the scenic drive and the balance that it lends their lives. Though energized by the city, they appreciate the slower pace upstate and the opportunity for outdoorsy activities like hiking, skiing and hunting. As the Catskills becomes an increasingly popular destination, they hope to share their pan-Asian cuisine with a growing audience. A visit to Soy Asian Cuisine guarantees a good meal with warm service at an affordable price. And, at long last, a chance to satisfy that craving for a spider roll or tasty pad thai.
Soy Asian Cuisine
Monticello, NY 12701