“Rich, smoky, complex duck broth soups, excellent herring udon, nice little bites of sushi as accompaniments, a buzzing atmosphere in a beautiful setting.”
“The deserts are a bit too expensive given their size, but it's still an excellent coice.”
“I've been to Sobaya only once so I won't be overly broad in my praise but it was a good dining experience, reasonably priced (about $20 per person including tea, entree and dessert, which was $5).”
“decent soba, but other stuff is actually tastier-- my fave is the garlic tuna over rice!”
“Service always attentive and an amazing variety of noodle combinations.”
“My favorite restaurant”
“enjoyed Sobaya and would return again.”
“The staff are also very polite and generally knowledgeable about the fare.”
“Not a bad affordable date spot”
Sobaya is perhaps the most traditional Japanese eatery in the East Village. It's tough to score a seat during their dinner hours. Come for an early lunch. Their specials are great - a side of soba with salmon sashimi and roe is a must. Green tea is completely complementary.
good Japanese soba !!. i always go to eat this soba shop when i travel to states. nice atmosphere and nice shop people. of course food is great. one of the reason is they get food from japan! if you would like to eat authentic japanese soba, be sure to go there!!!
Real Soba. I've been to this place like 100 times and always enjoy eating there. This is an authentic Japanese soba noodle place. Love their food. Not fancy but very cozy and clean. Price is very reasonable too.
Best Udon. This place is always filled with Japanese... That should give you a clue! Love the udon, so delicious. On arainy or cold day nothing is better than SOBA-YA!
delicious.. authentic. great japanese noodle place.. very authentic and yummy food both hot and cold.. good selection of sake and beer. Very good service and always busy!
Brunch not Dinner.
One of my all time BRUNCH favorites. Always has prompt and polite service with solid food. I always go for the lunch box ($15) with udon (cold or hot). It comes with five or six different small samples, and a small dessert.
Tried it for dinner the other day, and was utterly disappointed. I always enjoy eating izakaya fare at night but the quality of their small dishes for dinner was defiantly lacking. Will not give them another chance for dinner at $40 a head.
I've been coming here for a while and every single time the food is consistently good. The fact that this restaurant is always packed with Japanese people should also be an excellent indication of its authenticity. The soba is fresh, tasty and everything is beautifully presented. It's one of my favorite "comfort food" places in the city. Make sure you make a reservation. If you show up without one, you might wait for a long time to be seated.
The staff is professional and very effecient.
love love love Sobaya. I have been to both Sobakoh and Honmura An, but it is Sobaya I keep coming back to. If I was judging them based on plain soba, Sobaya might not come out on top, but it is the breadth and creativity of their menu that I value most. And the soba ain't bad either. My favorite dishes are the tuna steak-don (seared tuna with garlic sauce over rice), buta kakuni (pork belly in broth with hot mustard and a soft boiled egg), and ikasumi (cold squid ink soba with squid tempura). Their menu is always evolving with the seasons, which is both exciting for trying new things and disappointing when they take off a loved dish. Sobaya is one of the least expensive restaurants for high quality Japanese food in NYC and for that reason I usually eat here about once a week.
Hot and cold freshly made noodles dominate the menu at this Japanese favorite..
In a small setting on East 9th Street's Japanese row, diners can watch soba and udon noodles being cut and hung to dry. Noodle bowls are mixed with tempura vegetables, mountain yam, mushrooms, or spiced with curry or cold citrus dipping sauces. Fried appetizers, tuna steak and other dishes are also available, as well as an assortment of sakes, graphed on the menu according to flavor components.
Great comfy noodle place. I went to Sobaya last night for dinner. The place is clean and waiters very courteous and attentive. The noodle portions are not bad and the soup flavorful. Definitely try the little side dishes. The uni was very fresh. The prices are also not bad at all. I've been to other noodle places that were double the price and so clean/organic tasting (more like tasteless) that I left totally unsatisfied. I enjoyed Sobaya and would return again.
inexpensive and good. ive been here a bunch of times and ive always left happy. its inexpensive (soba/udon dishes range form $8-$13) and very filling. the soba noodles are fresh, and if youre lucky, you can come to see the chef make it from scratch. soba comes either hot or cold (i prefer cold) and with your choice of tempura, a variety of dipping sauces, or raw fish. they have daily soba and udon specials as well. appetizers (especially the soba sushi) are interesting and varied. afterwards, they serve you hot soba broth (its basically the water used to cook the soba supposedly, its nutritious) to finish your meal. the rice dishes, notably, the unagi-don (eel on rice) are also very good. service is attentive for a busy restaurant. desserts are mild and light. try a few of their unique ice cream flavours such as honey wasabi, yuzu (citrus), or black sesame.
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