1274 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY, 10027
at 123rd St.
By mistermcgoo on 3/10/2010
The bad reviews here are mystifying and must be based on a past incarnation that no longer exists. For those who live in the Morningside Heights/Harlem area you know there's not much that goes beyond mediocre in the area, Max Soha is a pleasant exception. Delicious, well executed traditional Italian food with a few interesting twists, I was very impressed with everything I tried. They offer both a daily risotto and a homemade ravioli dish, the ingredients are fresh and well paired and the wine choices are excellent. Its a small space and often crowded but very warm and inviting, great for a date as long as you don't mind a little company. The wait staff are friendly if a tad inattentive but the food and wine more than makes up for it
By missjernigan on 7/23/2008
Was not impressed. Food was not properly cooked and their was not enough flavor. Had to fix the Asparagus soup by adding cheese, salt, pepper and it was still awful! Pasta was dry and had no seasoning. It was a total waste of money and I went away very hungry.
By GlobalGourmet on 5/7/2008
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.
By hoangpham on 2/27/2008
The pastas are excellent and the house wines are quite good. The bread and tomato dip that they give you as a starter is amazing. The restaurant is often over-crowded for dinner so the best time to go is for lunch or sometime before 5pm.
By cabett on 2/27/2008
This place is just around the corner from me and I have had nothing but fabulous dishes there. Granted, the place is a bit crowded that I often find myself sitting at the bar - which is difficult with more than three people. Their wine list is good - but the extensive wine list is at their cafe - Max Cafe - on the same block that has the best coffee in the area and great cheap food. I have never had a bad experience here - just good Italian food.
By tropicatomica on 2/2/2007
No olive oil on the soggy bruschetta. Undressed salads. Overcooked "vegetarian" gnocchi that taste suspiciously like pork. Forgetful full contact waiters who keep patting everyone on the back as if that will make it OK. No space. And the music level and quality of a has-been Ibiza club. There are hardly any neighborhood options, and Columbia is not a culinary school-- both of which may explain the fact that this spot is as packed as it is every night. It's also popular with the hundreds of rats in the alley behind the restaurant. At least they get to eat this incompetent Italian for free.
By kebabkid on 7/13/2004
I've never previously written a restaurant review but have to defend Max SoHa. The service may sometimes be slow, but the fresh pasta is relentlessly perfect. I know because a) i know what perfect pasta should taste like and b) i eat there once a week. It may be rather al-dente for americans brought up on soggy macaroni and cheese, but for italians, it is like being at home. As for the "bland red sauce" and the "short wine list" - to be honest i think the truffled plum tomato sauce and the bardolino are great. If you want californian chardonnay and ragu out of a bottle go somewhere else.
By mgauth3 on 5/28/2004
The space is charmingly cramped and once you get past that, you expect some charming food. But you'll get extremely al-dente canelone with non-descript red sauce, osso bucco in a too soupy risotto, uninventive salads, and a short wine list. Next time I want below-average red sauce, I'll go to New Jersey.
By Therdeye on 4/19/2004
Rude, insolent customer service. We received a menu (after having to flag down a bartender and ask for one) in Italian with no explanation. One individual actually decided to answer a question in a condescending manor (loud, slow speech with the use of fingers for emphasis). I would NEVER go back.
By johnfan on 8/21/2003
1. You must close your eyes to the waiter, looks Italian, never gives you a good service and keeps sitting on a stoll (What he'll do is only bringing your meal but never giving you even greetings). 2. Even though you regard his service doesn't worth for 15% of your bill, you must pay (10%...? NO WAY!!) If you pay less... He will claim that you're wrong and start grumbling in the restaurant. Then, he will finally chase you to the outside and terrify you to receive your tip back. Besides, he'll never forget to complain other customers about "your craziness." Never will he listen to your point of view as a dismayed customer because he doesn't seem to give a shit about customer satisfaction at all.