Restaurants, Japanese East Village
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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
Address: 229 E 9th St
New York
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
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Jacqui T

The soba noodles are dripping with authenticity. This is one of my favorite dinner spots in the city. During my last visit we started with Uni Tororo (Fresh Sea Urchin & Grated Mountain Yam) and a tempura medley. For the main course I enjoyed my Chirashi hot soba (Baby Sardine Tempura, Japanese Omelette, Shiitake Mushroom, Fried Bean Curd & Fish Cake). Soba-ya offers both hot and cold soba noodle options. The decor transports patrons back to Japan. 


Loved all of their soba options. I recommend getting any of the "fattier" types with pork since they are heavier in broth and much more filling. The noodles are soft and perfectly prepared. One of my favorite places in the East Village in general. 


This soba joint is my all time favorite place in E.village. Good selections of sake, and variety of food menu beside the noodles. So many soba place have opened in these days but can't beat their hand cut soba!