309 E 5th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.726639 -73.988388
Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Fri. 5:30pm - 11pm;Sat. - Sun. 12am - 3pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Addictively delicious – Oh Soba Koh, why must you tease me with your promise of noodly goodness...
Amazing tender taste of organic noodles and delicious broth. The only drawback is not having more vegetarian options since the broth is mostly beef based and not vegetable based. That would make this place absolutely perfect!
Still, the lovely attentive service and the food make up for anything that may be lacking. I have been coming here for years and hopefully will continue to do so.
Note-perfect Japanese comfort fare, in a sweetly simple East Village nook. – The Scene
Just when you think you know East Village restaurants like a frat boy knows the rules for beer pong, along comes an under-the-radar gem that reawakens your neighborhood crush. The small space opts for comfort over flash, designed with various shades of wood, and the tiny bar is perfect for chatting up the sweet staff. The best seats, however, are across from the glassed-in booth, where the soba-maker works his magic.
The Japanese comfort fare tiptoes perfectly between earthiness and elan, peaking with the just-made buckwheat soba in myriad combinations. A richly complex broth anchors noodle soup served with crisp jumbo shrimp tempura, while cold soba cushions supple ground duck and tender eggplant spears. Commanding supporting acts include soba "gnocchi"--lightly fried balls toting ground chicken--buttery, miso-marinated sea bass, and for dessert, dense sesame pudding that's rich but not too sweet.
Hits: The care and quality put into the dishes is equal to restaurants that are twice as expensive.
Misses: What is it with corny jazz at otherwise wonderful Japanese restaurants?
Great Hidden Gem – We've been to this place many times and have not been dissappointed yet. The freshly made soba has great taste and texture and the broth is flavorful. I always go for the Ten Zaru Soba and the shrimp tempura is light and tasty. The variety of other cooked dishes is good and they are above average but you should really be going there for the soba. The staff is attentive and the service is good. Portions are a little tiny and may not be enough for big eaters but you can always order an additional serving of soba with your dinner.
Felt like being in Japan – Excellent tasting food, great service, very attentive and pleasant.
Didn't make it there to watch the making of he soba noodles, but it didn't take away from our experience.
The place is small, so seating may be tough at times.
Great Soba Great Service – I can't decide if I like the authentic Soba or the authentic understated service better. This is what the real Japan is like - food and guests are treated equally well. After going just a couple of times the staff subtly acknowledged their appreciation. It is low-key even when most of the tables are full. I haven't been back to Sobaya since a friend recommended this place.
great casual japanese – the prices don't necessarily scream casual, but this is a great place to get fantastic gourmet soba in a relaxed dining environment. the broths are amazing, the prawns just right, the sake selection excellent.
User review by trickle – IT WAS THE BEST SOBA I HAVE EVER EATEN IN NYC!!
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