Sobaya

★★★★☆
  • 229 E 9th St Ste 3

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: nr. Second Ave.

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  • 212-533-6966

About Sobaya

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

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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 would like to eat authentic japanese soba, be sure to go

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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 would like to eat authentic japanese soba, be sure to go

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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

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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!

2
★★★★☆

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: ????????

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It is hard to find restaurants that make their own soba and udon noodles, but this is one! Soba noodle shops are very common in Japan and rather unusual here in NYC. At this restaurant you can watch a Master roll the noodle dough and chop it into long strands as you wait for your table. They have delicious lunch box specials featuring the succulent noodles at a very reasonable price. Additionally, they offer a wide selection of sake to accompany the noodles!

4
★★★★☆

It is hard to find restaurants that make their own soba and udon noodles, but this is one! Soba noodle shops are very common in Japan and rather unusual here in NYC. At this restaurant you can watch a Master roll the noodle dough and chop it into long strands as you wait for your table. They have delicious lunch box specials featuring the succulent noodles at a very reasonable price. Additionally, they offer a wide selection of sake to accompany the noodles!

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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!

2
★★★★★

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

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: brunch special

Cons: dinner quality

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: Fresh, great tasting soba

Cons: none

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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.

2
★★★★★

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

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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

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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.

2
★★★★★

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

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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.

2
★★★★★

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

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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

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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

2
★★★★☆

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

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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.

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★★★☆☆

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.

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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.

2
★★★★★

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

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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 setting...you 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.

2
★★★★☆

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 setting...you 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

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Watch the chef handmake your sobu noodles while you wait. Yes it's a bit packed, but worth a short wait (don't wait more than 20 mins). Get the sobu noodles, and enjoy a taste of Tokyo tucked away. Great portions, a fun place to try with someone who wants to try real Japanese w/o sushi. Don't go with more than 4 people, it's too small. Very friendly staff

2
★★★★★

Watch the chef handmake your sobu noodles while you wait. Yes it's a bit packed, but worth a short wait (don't wait more than 20 mins). Get the sobu noodles, and enjoy a taste of Tokyo tucked away. Great portions, a fun place to try with someone who wants to try real Japanese w/o sushi. Don't go with more than 4 people, it's too small. Very friendly staff

Pros: Great Value, Delicious, Ambiance

Cons: , Maybe a wait

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One of the best noodle places in town. A little crowded but who cares. Service always attentive and an amazing variety of noodle combinations. Great place.

2
★★★★★

One of the best noodle places in town. A little crowded but who cares. Service always attentive and an amazing variety of noodle combinations. Great place.

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For a simple, no frills, and efficient meal, you cannot do much better than this place. The restaurant is so clean, and the food so immaculately served that I feel guilty every time I go there in a not-freshly-pressed shirt. Personal highlights are the Curried Udon and the Unagi. The staff are also very polite and generally knowledgeable about the fare. It can get a little packed at times, and the a/c is could be a bit colder - but then again, it is a noodle shop.

2
★★★★☆

For a simple, no frills, and efficient meal, you cannot do much better than this place. The restaurant is so clean, and the food so immaculately served that I feel guilty every time I go there in a not-freshly-pressed shirt. Personal highlights are the Curried Udon and the Unagi. The staff are also very polite and generally knowledgeable about the fare. It can get a little packed at times, and the a/c is could be a bit colder - but then again, it is a noodle shop.

Pros: Curried Udon, Cleanlines, Staff

Cons: A/C

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As a novice Japanese food eater, I really enjoyed Sobaya's dishes. Even though I made the faux pas of ordering two entrees instead of appetizer/entree, I enjoyed every bite of both my dishes-- noodle/veg. soba and tuna steak. The tuna steak especially was very flavorful and succulent.

My only dislikes were that the ambience could be a little cozier--it seemed rather plain in there, the waitress expressed disapproval at my unorthodox choice of orders, and the cramped dining area--but that's par for the course in NY!

All in all, thumbs up, and I will bring friends back for more! It seems to get very crowded in there so come early!

2
★★★★☆

As a novice Japanese food eater, I really enjoyed Sobaya's dishes. Even though I made the faux pas of ordering two entrees instead of appetizer/entree, I enjoyed every bite of both my dishes-- noodle/veg. soba and tuna steak. The tuna steak especially was very flavorful and succulent.

My only dislikes were that the ambience could be a little cozier--it seemed rather plain in there, the waitress expressed disapproval at my unorthodox choice of orders, and the cramped dining area--but that's par for the course in NY!

All in all, thumbs up, and I will bring friends back for more! It seems to get very crowded in there so come early!

Pros: Tasty food, Medium Prices, Clean

Cons: Crowded, Cramped tables, semi-nice waitstaff

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So the catchy title stinks. But this is another of the Japanese restaurants along E.9th/St. Marks Ave area that stands out. The food is both authentic and fresh; and the staff is very helpful and friendly. The biggest problem is that the restaurant quickly fills up (the counter included!!!) so I've had to abandon eating at Sobaya to eat anywhere else but Shiraku (Dallas BBQ...waaah!). Though if the restaurant got bigger, the service and quality of the food would probably suffer. I'm big on ordering the vegetarian or chicken/egg dishes with either soba or udon noodles. The boiled spinach with sesame sauce appetizer is absolutely wonderful.

2
★★★★☆

So the catchy title stinks. But this is another of the Japanese restaurants along E.9th/St. Marks Ave area that stands out. The food is both authentic and fresh; and the staff is very helpful and friendly. The biggest problem is that the restaurant quickly fills up (the counter included!!!) so I've had to abandon eating at Sobaya to eat anywhere else but Shiraku (Dallas BBQ...waaah!). Though if the restaurant got bigger, the service and quality of the food would probably suffer. I'm big on ordering the vegetarian or chicken/egg dishes with either soba or udon noodles. The boiled spinach with sesame sauce appetizer is absolutely wonderful.

Pros: Fresh food, Inexpensive, Variety

Cons: Crowded, Que quest ce ambience

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For under twenty dollars for a filling, delicious, and healthy meal come to Sobaya. I tend to stick with the steamed Spinach and Salmon Chiriashi, but the entire menu is good. I think J_Hunmters review was on the money, but for the Soba Houses iu the Big Apple, Sobaya is great. Also J_HJunter thinks Kiev has a "10" for ambience, so he's probably confused.

2
★★★★☆

For under twenty dollars for a filling, delicious, and healthy meal come to Sobaya. I tend to stick with the steamed Spinach and Salmon Chiriashi, but the entire menu is good. I think J_Hunmters review was on the money, but for the Soba Houses iu the Big Apple, Sobaya is great. Also J_HJunter thinks Kiev has a "10" for ambience, so he's probably confused.

Pros: great fare

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As a rule of thumb, quality Japanese food is found in Japanese restaurants OWNED and MANAGED by Japanese. Sobaya is no exception. The noodles, soba, etc my group ordered were all good (we shared). The noodles are very fresh and well made, and the broth tastes right.

A bit expensive for what they offer, but it's far superior to Menchanko-tei, for example.

Probably one of the better, most authentic Japanese noodle shops in NYC.

2
★★★★☆

As a rule of thumb, quality Japanese food is found in Japanese restaurants OWNED and MANAGED by Japanese. Sobaya is no exception. The noodles, soba, etc my group ordered were all good (we shared). The noodles are very fresh and well made, and the broth tastes right.

A bit expensive for what they offer, but it's far superior to Menchanko-tei, for example.

Probably one of the better, most authentic Japanese noodle shops in NYC.

Pros: quality noodles

Cons: small portions

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Lunch boxes are a good deal and the eel is OUTSTANDING. Hot or cold, it is hard to find a comparison for the noodles. When I went for lunch last week I got the sashimi tuna lunch box, reasonably priced however it didn't compare to the quality of the eel. Definately worth a shot!

2
★★★★☆

Lunch boxes are a good deal and the eel is OUTSTANDING. Hot or cold, it is hard to find a comparison for the noodles. When I went for lunch last week I got the sashimi tuna lunch box, reasonably priced however it didn't compare to the quality of the eel. Definately worth a shot!

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I love this place. The service is great. Everyone is enthusiastic and friendly. I've never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a table, even when it's really crowded. Food is very good. I heartily recommend the clear soup (great smokey taste) both as an appetizer and/or as an entree with soba. Desserts are also tasty. Appetizers and sake also very good (although the appetizers come in very small portions), but expect a steep bill if you partake. Another plus: clean bathrooms!

2
★★★★★

I love this place. The service is great. Everyone is enthusiastic and friendly. I've never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a table, even when it's really crowded. Food is very good. I heartily recommend the clear soup (great smokey taste) both as an appetizer and/or as an entree with soba. Desserts are also tasty. Appetizers and sake also very good (although the appetizers come in very small portions), but expect a steep bill if you partake. Another plus: clean bathrooms!

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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 on the soba theme, for less cash. The concept of Soba-shop, as it appears in Japan, developed out of a need for quick, cheap, tasty food, consumed after visiting a temple or shrine. Soba-ya is neither quick nor cheap and the food is quite bland. For Soba-ya is a mere bastardization of a good concept. In my opinion, it lives up to none of the soba/temple restaurants that blanket the Japanese countryside.

1
★★☆☆☆

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 on the soba theme, for less cash. The concept of Soba-shop, as it appears in Japan, developed out of a need for quick, cheap, tasty food, consumed after visiting a temple or shrine. Soba-ya is neither quick nor cheap and the food is quite bland. For Soba-ya is a mere bastardization of a good concept. In my opinion, it lives up to none of the soba/temple restaurants that blanket the Japanese countryside.

Pros: traditional

Cons: overpriced, mediocre, bastardization

 

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