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Soba-ya
East Village

Although known for buckwheat noodles, the menu here is ever-evolving. (“Salted squid guts?” a regular asked. “That’s a new one.”) Vinegary konnyaku, gelatinous arum root and smoky kinpira gobo (burdock root) make exotic beginnings to a meal of one of dozens of soba or udon dishes, served hot or cold in an unbeatable fish-based stock. Vegan options are available as well. Desserts can be pleasantly unorthodox, such as a bowl of vanilla ice cream spiked with wasabi and honey.

Venue name: Soba-ya
Contact:
Address: 229 E 9th St
New York
10003
Cross street: between Second and Third Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun noon–4pm, 5:30–10:30pm; Fri, Sat noon–4pm, 5:30–11pm
Transport: Subway: L to Third Ave; 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average main course: $14. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V