For years now I've been seeing a bunch of photos online featuring the mouth watering dishes at Sobaya. I would always see a big bowl of noodles, along with a rice bowl with a chosen protein, and pickled sides. I can't believe it's taken me this long to come here. I came here on my day off in the middle of the week, and it was perfect. The place wasn't too crowded, and there were many seats available. You go inside and it's like you've been transported to Japan. They have abe pretty great lunch menu, very reasonable priced, and many options to choose from. First you can choose either the lunch sat or the lunch box set. Prices range from about 17 to $21. The lunch box set is actually limited to 25 servings per day and they do have another option, the lunch set, which come with a mini size rice bowl topped with a protein, along with a bowl of noodles served hot or cold. I chose to get he lunch set featuring the Una-Ju, which is broiled eel over rice. Now I know what you're thinking, lunch sad seems pretty small. I was a very wrong about this. They give you a generous portion of rice and eel alongside some assorted pickles and a bowl of noodles. I was very satisfied with my meal, and very full. The staff there are very friendly, and attentive. I definitely will come back here during the weekday for a great lunch. Also this is a great place if you like dining solo.
They have been there forever. A go-to place in East Village if you're overwhelmed by the number of options. Of course, daily lunch boxes are always a great order. It can be on a bigger side for portion, but you'll get all kinds of things in one tray and that's totally a Japanese style. Service is okay; they get very busy. If you're curious about what Japanese noodle is about besides ramen (soba has been in this country way longer than ramen), consider this place.
Gaze upon the Agedashi @Sobaya
Round these parts, if you mention the #Eastvillage restaurant #Sobaya, the first thing folks want to talk about is the soba. Makes sense, it's handmade, cooked to the perfect consistency and is served in a wide variety of dishes, hot and cold.
But #Sobaya chefs also know their way around soybeans. Their Agedashi tofu is covered in a delicate crispy skin and topped with tiny fairy mushrooms and a little cotton candy pile of shaved #bonita. On a hot summer day, the broth feels like it's replacing all the electrolytes you sweated out on the subway. I could eat these puppies all day! Consider tofu, the other white meat.
Another dish done well at #Sobaya - that isn't buckwheat - is their Sake Yuan Yaki or as I prefer to call it, the slice of sumptuous salmon. While Alaskan bears prefer to snatch their salmon straight from the rapids, I go for snatching the grilled versions. See that glistening sheen on the surface of the flesh? Elixir! You don't get that in the raw. Another item I could chow on all day.
Crispy noodles. That's what you'll find buried under a hillock of black sesame #icecream. #Sobaya spruces theirs up with a little dollop of red beanpaste, casually flung in the bowl (my only aesthetic criticism). Overall the cream, beans and crunch make for a nice finisher!
Pro tip: use the generously sized napkin to hide your face as your eyes are rolling into the back of your head with delight. (^_^)
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#icecream #blacksesame #redbean
I love love this place. Homemade soba and other Japanese dishes are perfect. I often order Lunch Box which comes with soba, fish, mini vegetable dishes and mini dessert.
Soba is cooked perfectly, not too soft, which is not easy to find in NY. The only minus is that the place is very small so you have to wait a while if you have a big party.
TABLE FOR ONE: SOBA-YA
If you are a fan of soba noodles, then you need to check out Soba-ya in the East Village immediately. They do Soba right!
I had been there before and stopped by again last month for some perfect soba noodles. The space is very Authentic Japanese, which transports you out of the East Village and into a Japanese Soba hut. The NYC Foodie loves the vibe! I sat at the bar and ordered an appetizer of Braised Pork Belly with Poached Egg in Soy Sauce-Based Broth ($10). This dish was warm, soothing, sweet, and delicious!
My Yamakake soba ($19), soy cured tuna with grated Mountain Yam was excellent. I dove into this bowl of noodles like there was no tomorrow. A slurp-worthy bowl of noodle heaven.
So get your Soba on at Soba-ya. Slurp the goodness and thank me after.
Good not great noodles.
I visited Soba Ya wit a group of friends and I was excited to try the noodles. They were OK,Not great but they weren't terrible either. The chairs were a bit stiff and the service was OK. Overall a decent place for the money. I would rate it 4 stars out of 5.
summer Friday lunch w sylvia101 & ryanbarlow! the lunch set was an incredible meal: shrimp tempura, cold soba noodles & an awesome lunch box w salmon, green salad, veggies & rice topped w salmon roe! + a mini milk tofu w strawberry for dessert!!! thanks syl for treating us! cheapeats lunchbox awesome
Soba-Ya, East Village, NYC
Tucked away in the East Village amongst several Japanese eateries is Soba Ya – home to fresh buckwheat soba made in-house.
This noodle house co-owned by Bon Yagi, ensured that fresh soba is made every day and the menu offers up to 12 kinds of hot or cold homemade soba and udon options.
Lunchtime gets real crowded where hungry patrons fill the place hungry for ho or cold bowls of fresh soba which is served in a red-black bento box with sides of vegetables, salad and so on.
Soba Ya is one an East Village’s staple and is a sold choice either for lunch or dinner.
Here is some of what we ate:
Goma Ae Shumai Salmon Teriyaki Lunch Set Nabeyaki Udon
Katsu Curry Udon Salmon Don
Foodies: Sobaya Review
I don’t travel to the Lower East Side too often. However, I recently went down there with my wife to attend the Loisaida Festival. We wanted to try out Adela’s, but it was going to be very busy because of the festival, and we had scheduled with a group of friends to come out the following week. An outing which ended up being cancelled. Grrr! It’s always a pain planning events with people, I’ll be going by myself soon!
My wife wanted to go to Sobaya, so we came here. The place was very busy and there was a short wait, nothing out of the ordinary. We were shortly thereafter offered a seat at the sushi bar if we wanted it. Both of us were hungry, so we went for it!
This spot is more a ramen themed place so I couldn’t find any rolls. I had to adjust my selections accordingly. We decided to start with an appetizer, the cod fish. Oh man, the cod fish was so tender! So deliciously tasty, it came out very hot as if right off the pan which added to the overall deliciousness of the dish. Not to mention, once again, how very soft and tender it was! It literally melted in our mouths. Both of us were in awe at this cod fish. Hmmm.
My wife’s main dish was garlic rice with tuna steak. She advised me to get the same dish as her, but for sharing and “trying different items” purposes I didn’t. This was a decision that I would go on to regret, her garlic rice was absolutely delicious. The tuna steak, boom, another winner, absolutely delicious. It wasn’t raw tuna, it was slightly cooked, but just a touch. Her dish was way better than mine.
As I mentioned, I wanted us to try different dishes so I went with the rice and tuna sashimi. This one was just okay, at best. To be honest, the rice was fairly bland as was the tuna. It didn’t have that amazing garlic rice taste. My wife’s dish was much, much better.
For dessert we had a few ice cream scoops. Nom nom nom. Love me some ice cream any day of the week!
The service here was very good, our server was attentive and friendly. He answered any questions, and kept our water glasses filled.
Overall I definitely recommend trying out this restaurant, but heed my words, my wife’s dish was better, so choose that one!
Soba-ya has a menu of authentic Japanese noodles. The menu is not limited to soba they also have Age dashi tofu, and Shiso Sasami. When you order the cold noodles They do offer a variety of toppings. The main courses are divided into three general categories: cold soba, hot soba/udon soup, and don (rice bowl).
You can wave to the man in the glass box who's making fresh soba as you enter. The restaurant is clean and well maintained. The place is a bit small so either come on an off day or during non-peak hours. The location is considered casual. The wait times here can get crazy so try to come early The service is known to rush you due to their busy nature. But if not the waiters, be prepared for the waiting patrons eyeing on your table while you eat. Be ready to eat and leave immediately when you're done. The hostess and servers were efficient, professional, and nice.