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Soba-ya - 4 Reviews - 230 East 9th Street, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 533-6966


230 East 9th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-6966
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Personally, my favorite appetizer is the abalone. This way you can get a taste of delicious abalone WITHOUT having to pay $80-$100 for a dish. This nice little $8 appetizer come...


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Yes, this is yummy. 10/15/2004

Personally, my favorite appetizer is the abalone. This way you can get a taste of delicious abalone WITHOUT having to pay $80-$100 for a dish. This nice little $8 appetizer comes with a few slices (that's all ya need!) of abalone covered with a stripe of gold leaf. For me, it's the only place I've found that I can get my abalone fix affordably.

Everything else is good too. Made with care. It's as an eat-out Japanese restaurant should be.

The decor and atmosphere, in contrast to some of the more down-home places in the area, is just a little more sophisticated and understated without crossing over to formal. A nice collection of antique netsuke in the welcome foyer!

They don't take reservations and it may be crowded on a weekend night. more

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A place for noodle lovers 10/14/2004

My first visit to this place was after a trip to Asia -- great, fresh tasting food in Taiwan/Hong Kong left me very wary of state-side Asian restaurants since. Soba-ya proved to be a delightful surprise.I also have some friends who are finicky eaters. This place has always pleased. After one visit, they keep going back, introducing others too.A cozy, homey type of place. The staff are always friendly and helpful. As you are seated, you will be greeted warmly and served with hot (finger burning) cups of richly, brewed green tea. Restaurant specializes in hand-made cold/hot noodles. Though they do offer a nice selection of healthy rice entrees and appetizers too. Loved the presentation: simple yet elegant serving bowls and spoons. If you can find the time, drop by for lunch, where they serve special lunchboxes (changes daily). On one particular visit, we were each served with a tray filled with:- a megabowl of soba: 3 different types of intensely flavored mushrooms, veggies, rich broth. And my, how good their soups are!- 2 plates of condiments: seaweed strips, marinated sweet potatoes and cucumbers- plus a generous bowl of marinated mackeral over rice.Of course, save room for dessert! They have a decent menu, specializing in:- home-made japanese ice cream (including honey wasabi)- sobaya ammimi: almond tofu served with tiny tapioca, fresh kiwis, oranges, persimmons and a tiny scoup of vanilla ice cream- pumpkin mousse- milk tofu- warm coconut and red bean soup with buckwheat rice cakes If lunch is not an option, dinner is excellent too. Personal recommendations: abalone appetizer and udon with duck breast. Be warned, the place is always crowded but usually the wait is not long.One can be sure to leave the place satisfied and content with liquid filled, sloshing bellies. more
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