Sobaya

Sobaya

Japanese Restaurant and Soba Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Ailie C.
    Tempura was pretty good. Their noodles are great but the broth I got was mediocre so I would not recommend the garlic chicken.
  • Jo
    JoMay 12
    Really good 👍🏼
  • Alexandra S.
    Alexandra SteinDecember 29, 2016
    Seared tuna with garlic don is so so good
  • Escott H.
    Escott HayashidiazDecember 9, 2016
    Order the buta kakuni appetizer and any of their sobas.
  • Taiowa W.
    Taiowa WanerDecember 9, 2016
    Sobs, tempura, sashimi
  • Rachel F.
    Rachel FeinerDecember 8, 2016
    Not recommended for vegetarians
  • Nancy C.
    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
  • Lisac0718
    Lisac0718September 25, 2016
    Lunch bento box: cold soba +fresh tuna over rice, great value!
  • Alexander H.
    Alexander HotzSeptember 17, 2016
    Delicious. Good date spot
  • 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.
  • Caroline
    CarolineAugust 1, 2016
    Cold Uni soba on a hot summer day, yes please!
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanJuly 25, 2016
    Dinner specials are a good value (4 course meal for $22).
  • Laura
    LauraJuly 16, 2016
    Delicious Japanese food ! Try the Soba noodles.
  • Ric C.
    Ric ChaudoirJuly 10, 2016
    Soba salad sake uni
  • Eric
    EricJune 29, 2016
    Uni sobaaa
  • Susie Y.
    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.
  • Alice f.
    Alice faultcoreMay 30, 2016
    Imho best soba restaurant in NY. Cold soba&udon are delicious, tempura to die for.
  • Sabrina W.
    Sabrina WangMarch 2, 2016
    a little pricy but the yasai soba udon (veggie) was so good.
  • Rudy V.
    Rudy ValentaFebruary 21, 2016
    Get the large portion
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniFebruary 5, 2016
    Soba! Great lunch special as well.
  • Jessica H.
    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
  • Gnat B.
    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.
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuJanuary 21, 2016
    Soggy soba. So so sad 😢
  • Xiaoni Z.
    Xiaoni ZhaoJanuary 16, 2016
    Try cold soba.
  • Escott H.
    Escott HayashidiazJanuary 15, 2016
    Both their cold and hot soba are tasty. I really liked their buta kakuni too (pork belly).
  • Philip W.
    Philip WhitneyDecember 31, 2015
    Great traditional soba restaurant with many Japanese favorites as well. Outstanding in every way.
  • JP
    JPNovember 18, 2015
    Get the Plain Soba in Original Soup.
  • yuna l.
    yuna leeNovember 16, 2015
    so overrated, so not worth the money. 👎👎👎
  • Jess H.
    Jess HueyNovember 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for lunch and get the lunch sets!
  • Diane.brandicourt@gmail.com B.
    Great but long long wait
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonOctober 16, 2015
    The menu is huge and a bit overwhelming but the hot dipping soba w/ shrimp tempura is a good order
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RayleSeptember 11, 2015
    The soba is good, obviously.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SyAugust 25, 2015
    Came for the "must try bathroom." Extremely disappointed - 1 star. No Toto washlet and even sat down to pee for the seat warmer. In other news, the food is good.
  • Alicia リサ ち.
    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.
  • Kendra B.
    Kendra BorowskiAugust 2, 2015
    Tempura hot soba has delicious, rich smoky broth.
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenJune 20, 2015
    handmade soba noodles have the perfect texture and there are plenty of options for toppings, temperature, etc.
  • Puu K.
    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.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CarrollApril 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Soba salad with added crab
  • Vivian L.
    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.
  • Tink W.
    Tink WongMarch 17, 2015
    Two words: lunch special.
  • Ru L.
    Ru LuMarch 5, 2015
    Good choices of menu, usually will have to wait.
  • Venera V.
    Venera VarbanovaMarch 3, 2015
    Good Japanese place!
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChanFebruary 15, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Nyu dining hall, pretty much.
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 31, 2015
    Alexander Wang used to lunch here.
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 25, 2015
    Tendon (tempura rice bowl) set comes with soba and miso soup is awesome. Perfect match.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KatzJanuary 18, 2015
    The cold soba noodles with shrimp and shishito pepper tempura; tuna/avocado rice bowl
  • Joan P.
    Joan ParkJanuary 7, 2015
    was super disappointed by the soba noodles that weren't chewy at all and the flavorless soup.
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YJanuary 6, 2015
    Get the Tempura
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YJanuary 6, 2015
    Hot soba with salmon roe and crab
  • Sam H.
    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.
  • Yi Z.
    Yi ZhangDecember 29, 2014
    Uni soba is a must
  • hb8
    hb8December 12, 2014
    It's a delightful refuge from the busy East Village streets. Great service.
  • Maryanne C.
    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
  • kate k
    kate kDecember 10, 2014
    Lunch box with hot soba
  • Perry A.
    Perry AzevedoDecember 4, 2014
    Te soba here is handmade and excellent! Also, try the Honey Wasabi ice cream.
  • Julius T.
    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.
  • Min L.
    Min LeeSeptember 28, 2014
    Soba combination
  • Vianney B.
    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.
  • Kam
    KamSeptember 14, 2014
    Prepare to wait for a table, but it's worth it.
  • Angela Isabel
    Angela IsabelAugust 25, 2014
    Ordered the salmon lunch set with hot soba. Food was decent; Cocoron definitely does a better job with authenticity. Rude hostess, slow unattentive service all around. 👎
  • Valerio T.
    Valerio TavolazziAugust 24, 2014
    Good food and chip
  • Jenelle H.
    Jenelle HamiltonAugust 24, 2014
    At my fave place to eat 😋😋
  • 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.
  • Margot M.
    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.
  • Summer I.
    Summer IzkovichAugust 7, 2014
    Fresh good soba noodles!!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Daniel Holzman, chef of The Meatball Shop, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Zaru soba. Read more
  • Gözde Ş.
    The best japanesr food I've ever eat!!!! U should try hot soba's!
  • Jason F.
    Jason FeirmanJuly 8, 2014
    Soba Noodles
  • 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!
  • JR N.
    JR NewMay 31, 2014
    Grilled duck soba! Wasabi honey ice cream!
  • Lillian C.
    Lillian CheungMay 26, 2014
    50% off desserts during lunch on Wednesdays
  • Clare H.
    Clare HiraiApril 6, 2014
    Excellent. Everything made creatively and with care. This is Japanese New York at its best.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinMarch 28, 2014
    Try the soba with curry nanban. The broth is flavorful and the noodles are homemade and tasty.
  • Soo Y.
    Soo YooMarch 2, 2014
    Fresh soba. Get the duck broth.
  • Sean S.
    Sean StenstromFebruary 21, 2014
    Best soba noodles
  • st
    stJanuary 4, 2014
    katsu curry udon
  • Toad M.
    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.
  • Toad M.
    Toad MushroomNovember 3, 2013
    AGEDASHI TOFU: perfect slight crisp. delicious dish.
  • Toad M.
    Toad MushroomNovember 3, 2013
    MANJU: not a good combo (comes with green tea ice cream). ice cream is very authentic. red bean bun skin is too thin. for better buns, see chinatown.
  • Toad M.
    Toad MushroomNovember 3, 2013
    UNI COLD SOBA: too much white bubbly stuff. uni and wasabi are a perfect couple.
  • Toad M.
    Toad MushroomNovember 3, 2013
    SQUID STUFFED WITH STICKY RICE: rice overpowers squid. overall strange.
  • 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 :)
  • Tengchao Z.
    Tengchao ZhouSeptember 7, 2013
    The food in its lunch box is quite diverse.
  • 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")
  • Phil N.
    Phil NomAugust 31, 2013
    Slow service, oily tempura. Nearby Soba Koh is superior.
  • Tink W.
    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!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick ButlerAugust 1, 2013
    Very disappointed w my Stamina Seiro. I got 2 pellet size pieces of chicken in my broth. The soba noodles where skimpy in portion. Had to order an appetizer after my lean main meal to feel full. :(
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LinJuly 20, 2013
    A lot of females here... I guess women like soba!
  • fumio i.
    fumio ichikawaJune 23, 2013
    Maybe it's a one off on Sundays but broth was too dark and salty. Didn't taste dashi at all. Not offering cold tea on hot day is unfortunate. Service is not as attentive as it used to be.
  • 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.
  • Edwin
    EdwinMay 20, 2013
    Tempura is fantastic here. Get the avocado tempura if you want a taste of heaven melting in your mouth!
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuMay 11, 2013
    Uni and mountain yam soba. Super generous uni portion. Add a side of salmon sashimi for extra fishy delishy.
  • Domenic D.
    Domenic DenicolaApril 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The mushroom tempura is basically the best thing ever. I could order three for dinner and nothing else and die happy.
  • Giulio d.
    Giulio del BufaloApril 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the lunch box, great variety and lots of food!
  • hoai vi p.
    hoai vi pApril 21, 2013
    Duck soba; the fatty portion of the slices of duck meat is mm mm good.
  • Matthew
    MatthewJanuary 19, 2013
    If you like eel, the mini una ju set ($16) is a good choice at lunch.
  • ZenFoodster
    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.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LoDecember 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    order the mini ikura don for a side dish!
  • 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)
  • Cindy M.
    Cindy MoyNovember 5, 2012
    Currently cash only
  • Raheem K.
    Raheem KJuly 27, 2015
    Some prices are much higher than what you find on the menu in foursquare app.  うな重は若干身が小さく、お吸い物はうどんスープをアレンジしたもののようでした。ただし蕎麦は本格派のよう。あと、女子トイレはウォシュレットあると聞きました(笑)
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LeeDecember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    아미고가 직접 수타로 면을 뽑는 주옥같은 소바집입니다. 맥주는 orion 이 구비되어 있습니다.
  • Teru M.
    Teru MuFebruary 10, 2014
    予約は取って居ないと。凄く人気でいつも混んでいますが回転が速いので少し待てば入れます。かなりレベル高い蕎麦屋です。そば前にある板わさも良いです。そば前の充実も嬉しく天麩羅も絶妙です。
  • Teru M.
    Teru MuFebruary 10, 2014
    ニューヨークでこんな旨い蕎麦が食べられるなんて!
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