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Sobaya - 30 Reviews - 229 E 9th St Ste 3, New York, NY - Family Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 533-6966


229 E 9th St Ste 3 (at nr. Second Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-6966
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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 wou...


Soba-ya, literally ""soba shop,"" is overpriced and mediocre. Although the food is prepared correctly, I have visited many restaurants, in Japan and Michigan, that better expand ...

good Japanese soba !! 11/6/2010

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!!! more

Real Soba 4/26/2010

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. Pros: great food!! Cons: not fancy more

Best Udon 12/26/2009

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! Pros: Udon Heaven Cons: ???????? more

delicious.. authentic 12/15/2008

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! Pros: great authentic yummy japanese noodles Cons: busy, decor is average more

yummy hand-made sobas & udons - pretty cheap &... 1/29/2008

yummy hand-made sobas & udons - pretty cheap & the ambience is great. try hot (or cold) soba. more

yummy hand-made sobas & udons - pretty cheap &... 1/29/2008

ClaraPark Provided by Partner
yummy hand-made sobas & udons - pretty cheap & the ambience is great. try hot (or cold) soba. more

I really like this place but my bf isn't really a big fan... 8/28/2007

I really like this place but my bf isn't really a big fan of places that don't serve sushi. I haven't been... more

I really like this place but my bf isn't really a big fan... 8/28/2007

ms Provided by Partner
I really like this place but my bf isn't really a big fan of places that don't serve sushi. I haven't been here in a minute, but I remember eating ... more

Brunch not Dinner 8/25/2007

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. \r 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.\r Pros: brunch special Cons: dinner quality more

Transporting experience 7/2/2007

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.\r \r The staff is professional and very effecient. Pros: Fresh, great tasting soba more

love love love Sobaya 1/4/2007

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. Pros: Great food, great service, great value Cons: Crowded dining conditions with little ambiance more

Great comfy noodle place 5/23/2006

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. Pros: Great Service, Good Portions, Tasty Cons: Long wait if starving more

inexpensive and good 4/18/2006

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. Pros: inexpensive, fresh noodles, good service Cons: long wait, no reservations more


i love noodles and eat them about four of five times a week. this place is a great introduction to noodles for those who have not yet become addicts. it has more of a nod toward ambience than other authentic noodle joints have. but of course, what really matters is TASTE and soba-ya delivers. the noodles are hand rolled and cut. (there is NO RAMEN here: udon and soba only.) broths are savory and well balanced. no exotic toppings to scare off novices. a fine introduction to staple japanese noodle eating. Pros: fresh cut noodles, delicious broths Cons: potential wait more

Solid Dining Experience. 1/15/2006

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). The tempura and negimaki soba were delicious. You really should try the yuzu, honey wasabi and green tea ice creams. (I wasn't such a fan of the black sesame.) The portions were fair, good service. The restaurant is quite small and the seating is tight but everything was clean, including the surprisingly nice bathrooms. I'll definitely be back for a return visit. Pros: resonably priced, good food, pleasant atmosphere Cons: I want gyoza!, More tempura, Tight seating more

good solid food... 7/4/2005

decent soba, but other stuff is actually tastier-- my fave is the garlic tuna over rice! I've been here many times. be forewarned that it's quite crowded during peak evening hours (45 minute wait). Lunch specials are great deals, and you get lots of food. My 3 year old neice also loves this place. Be forwarned, tho-- they don't deliver, they don't do take out, and they don't allow outside food if you have kids that are particular about their food. Pros: cute, good value Cons: long wait more

NoodleSoups 12/7/2004

Great noodle soups. Not exactly a Raman noodle, as Sobaya uses authentic buckwheat noodles. Now the price is in the 15 dolar range, not bad seeing as they have large soups w plenty of vegies/toppings. Problem is most people rank it as cheap. This is one grade above in food, service, ambience, and price. There are other more affordable noodle themed shops nearby. Staff was friendly and enthusiastic about educating me on Asian cusine. Not a bad affordable date spot more

It's ok 11/27/2004

The soba is supposedly flown in from Japan, but I didn't taste anything special in the soup nor the noodles. I had the duck noodle soup, but it wasn't exceptionally good. The duck was tough, chewy, friend with batter, and simply tasteless. more

Excellent non-sushi japanese 6/23/2004

If you're looking for a japanese restaurant with less emphasis on sushi, Sobaya is a great choice. The noodles are good hot or cold, and I personally love their tempura dishes. The service is excellent as well. Friendly, and you never have to ask for more water et al. The deserts are a bit too expensive given their size, but it's still an excellent coice. Pros: tempura, service, noodles more

Very satisfying 4/25/2004

I am a lover of noodles, and because of that, I am a lover of Sobaya. Rich, smoky, complex duck broth soups, excellent herring udon, nice little bites of sushi as accompaniments, a buzzing atmosphere in a beautiful really should go there. I like the soba better than the udon, and try to get in before 7 to take advantage of the excellent dinner deals. Pros: Noodles, noodles, noodles Cons: , fast pacing more
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  • In Short
    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...

  • 11/3/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu, noon-3:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat, noon-3:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    East Village, Downtown