Soba Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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    Go here. Experience the soba. It's worth it.
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    Gözde Ş.
    "The best japanesr food I've ever eat!!!! U should try hot soba's!"(10 Tips)
    "Lunch bento box: cold soba +fresh tuna over rice, great value!"(9 Tips)
    Soo Y.
    "The duck broth is flavorful and tempura is perfect!"(23 Tips)
    Kristin L.
    "Get the duck soba and green tea ice cream."(5 Tips)
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  • Alicia リサ ち.heart icon on user image
    If you are a uni fans, you should get cold uni udon/soba in the summer and hot tempera udon/soba in winter. I like to eat in this place. Udon and soba are handmade. Soba/udon very chewy.
  • Christina H.
    Christina HuJuly 1, 2014
    Soba here is homemade, fresh, and perfect for a hot summer day. I like to add lots of toppings like enoki, roe, and uni. Get the hijiki salad and tempura to start. Yum!
    Upvoted May 16
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterDecember 21, 2012
    Special lunch set: shrimp tempura, soba, ikura rice, salad, salmon, stewed eggplant, lotus root, & yam & a mini milk tofu dessert-all for $17! For $3 xtra, get the Fri special cocktail.
  • JK
    JKAugust 24, 2021
    Try Uni and grated mountain yam with wasabi and crispy toasted nori, Warm soba, pickled oysters and mountain yam garnished with cilantro and tempura root vegetables & Goma Tofu
  • Vianney B.heart icon on user image
    Vianney BrandicourtSeptember 22, 2014
    The Buta-Kakuni (Braised Pork Belly w/ Poached Egg in Broth) is to die for. The Chawan-Mushi (Steamed Egg Custard w/ Vegetable and Chicken) is also tasty. If it's two of you, get a seat at the bar.
  • Allie C.heart icon on user image
    Allie CaldwellApril 24, 2018
    Everything we had was delicious. Be prepared to wait, the hostess gave us (party of 4) a 30min wait time, ended up waiting an 1.5 hours.
  • Gnat B.heart icon on user image
    Gnat BrainJanuary 25, 2016
    All about the house made soba but don't forget about dessert. The manju is a warm bean filled bun. There's also a dessert with agar jelly, rice dumpling and ice cream that's refreshing.
  • Toad M.heart icon on user image
    Toad MushroomNovember 3, 2013
    DUCK HOT SOBA: solid choice. duck comes out slightly undercooked but comes to fruition as you wait to dig in. get it with soba, udon is not as complementary.
  • Sam H.heart icon on user image
    Sam HDecember 30, 2014
    Recommend getting any of the more "fatty" sobas. As much as I loved my mushroom soba, the ones with either pork or duck or any type of meat tastes more filling and flavorful.
  • Vivian L.heart icon on user image
    Vivian LeeApril 23, 2015
    hot towel to start off your meal! my salmon/salmon roe don lunch set was so endearingly elegant and daintly put together. soba noodles were al dente-ly perf and the salmon made my heart and soul sing.
  • Sergey I.heart icon on user image
    Sergey IlinOctober 3, 2018
    A bit strange place, but the food is great: I had an eel with rice and it was amazing.
  • Margot M.heart icon on user image
    Margot MazurAugust 8, 2014
    Think you know authentic Japanese food? You know nothing! Dont forget to make a reservation. PS, appetizers are huge! Split like 4-5 with your date and youre all set.
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DDecember 4, 2012
    Walking into Sobaya feels like I'm being transported back to Japan. For an authentic and particularly heart-healthy bowl, get the Maguro Tororo soba, cold. (Grated slimy -mmm- mountain yam and tuna)
  • Alexheart icon on user image
    AlexJune 20, 2015
    handmade soba noodles have the perfect texture and there are plenty of options for toppings, temperature, etc.
  • Maryanne C.heart icon on user image
    Maryanne CheahDecember 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The lunch specials are great! Always get the sake don that comes with udon or soba. Super worth it
  • Cindy H.
    Cindy HuynhAugust 24, 2016
    Handmade noodles are a rare find. I'll come back to try the other soba & udon dishes. I had the Chirashi cold soba, small size. I just didn't like the wad of cold spinach.
  • Tink W.heart icon on user image
    Tink WongAugust 1, 2013
    Love the greentea ice cream-if you like a strong green tea flavor, this is a must have. The sauce they use for the seared tuna steak don is amazing!
  • Julius T.heart icon on user image
    Julius TarngNovember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Soba soba soba come for lunch and get a set. It's confusing so I'll just say it here: lunch set only comes w a subset of rice / plain noodles.
  • Jessica H.heart icon on user image
    Jessica HanJanuary 25, 2016
    Expensive, but quality Japanese food. Homemade with good ingredients, the Soba can't be missed! Also try the creamy tofu with green tea salt
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DuprasNovember 5, 2011
    Amazing food and be sure to get one of their amazing ice creams with the red bean paste for dessert. And ladies, you must visit the bathroom to experience the supped up Japanese toilet. Weird, I know
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 11, 2010
    They make their own soba daily. The soba lunchbox specials are delicious and a great way to try a variety of items. They have the best gomae and Japanese omelets. -Malika Ameen, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Tec G.heart icon on user image
    Tec GoblinSeptember 5, 2017
    Elegant decoration. We tried some udon with interesting vegetables (one was a bit too salty) and some great steamed ravioli. Big but expensive bowls
  • Bon
    BonMay 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Uni and mountain yam soba. Super generous uni portion. Add a side of salmon sashimi for extra fishy delishy.
  • Susie Y.heart icon on user image
    Susie YinJune 12, 2016
    The bento box is a great way to try an assortment of food and they're homemade noodles. The sweet potato is bomb.
  • Edwin
    EdwinMay 20, 2013
    Tempura is fantastic here. Get the avocado tempura if you want a taste of heaven melting in your mouth!
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeDecember 5, 2017
    Super authentic vibes. Found the curry to be a bit...harsh? Tomago was aiite. For soba lovers only
  • Nancy C.heart icon on user image
    Nancy ChungDecember 7, 2016
    Get any child soba noodle dish. i ADORE al dente noodles but these kick that to the curb. The texture is fantastic!! They are chewy
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonOctober 16, 2015
    The menu is huge and a bit overwhelming but the hot dipping soba w/ shrimp tempura is a good order
  • icon on user image 25, 2015
    Tendon (tempura rice bowl) set comes with soba and miso soup is awesome. Perfect match.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MitowSeptember 1, 2013
    Come for the Soba and appetizers, stay for them yelling things in Japanese at you when you come and go (I'm going to assume variants on "welcome" and "thanks")
  • Philip W.heart icon on user image
    Philip WhitneyDecember 31, 2015
    Great traditional soba restaurant with many Japanese favorites as well. Outstanding in every way.
  • Puu K.heart icon on user image
    Puu KampolratanaMay 2, 2015
    Tried the Uni Soba, pudding ,and honey wasabi ice cream. It was an OKAY experience. I don't love or hate this place. Oh well.
  • Ben W.
    Ben WatkinsJune 2, 2013
    Super fresh soba, can't go wrong with any combination of toppings. Wouldn't suggest tempura batter though if you get a tempura appetizer.
  • Jakob S.heart icon on user image
    Jakob StecherOctober 3, 2017
    Really authentic Japanese place. Great vegetarian Tendon.
  • Alice f.heart icon on user image
    Alice faultcoreMay 30, 2016
    Imho best soba restaurant in NY. Cold soba&udon are delicious, tempura to die for.
  • Escott H.heart icon on user image
    Escott HayashidiazJanuary 15, 2016
    Both their cold and hot soba are tasty. I really liked their buta kakuni too (pork belly).
  • Reet
    ReetAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the mixed mushroom soba for the richer flavoured soup, and just add duck on the side for added protein.
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KimApril 21, 2011
    Absolutely one of the best udon places I've been to in the city. They make a mean udon tempura! Avoid their tofu block appetizer though- it's a strange toothpastey consistency.
  • Deborah B.heart icon on user image
    Deborah BSeptember 20, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent clean Japanese food. Love their early bird special before 7pm. So worth it!
  • Mimi W.
    Mimi WOctober 4, 2013
    Fresh soba and fish is good! What is this "toto washer" everyone is talking about? Go to the restroom and try for yourself. The toilet seat is warm though :)
  • Gözde Ş.
    Gözde ŞaşmazJuly 31, 2014
    The best japanesr food I've ever eat!!!! U should try hot soba's!
  • Tim D.heart icon on user image
    Tim DengJuly 3, 2018
    Great soba but damn it’s expensive
  • Paul C.
    Paul ChoiJuly 29, 2018
    Cold soba in the summer time is the best at this staple soba house in nyc
  • ᴡ T.
    ᴡ ToyMay 29, 2010
    Go here for the 5:30-7PM M-F dinner special! Soba is very fresh and so snappy, it definitely gets your attention! The desserts like their homemade green tea or yuzu ice cream make a beautiful ending.
  • infusia
    infusiaMay 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    go for lunch and get the special bento lunch set which comes with tasty grilled salmon, stewed chicken and vege, lightly battered tempura and noodlicious soba or udon. unagi is reccommended!
  • Malcolm C.heart icon on user image
    Malcolm ChangDecember 22, 2017
    It's a little expensive for what you get. Service is friendly and efficient and the udon has a nice al dente texture.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 17, 2010
    This is THE place for Soba Noodles in NYC. We recommend the Soba Salad or Mori with Zaru. Arrive for their early bird special for $18 and enjoy a feast!
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinMarch 28, 2014
    Try the soba with curry nanban. The broth is flavorful and the noodles are homemade and tasty.
  • Toad M.heart icon on user image
    Toad MushroomNovember 3, 2013
    UNI COLD SOBA: too much white bubbly stuff. uni and wasabi are a perfect couple.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KangJanuary 15, 2012
    Great place to go for those cold, winter days. Just had the Kano namba: sautéed duck with soba noodles. The broth is the best part!
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