January 20, 2006 4

Soba-Ya (NYC: East Village)

By in 03: NYC

DSC08755.jpgPromise, the last Japanese food I’d have in my remaining days at NYC. My friend (who is Japanese btw, maybe that’s why…^^;;) highly recommend this place so I have to try, even though I’m not a fan of soba. The soba are very good indeed, the best I’ve had, I’m very impressed. It’s $12 for a noodle bowl, more than I thought. There were 2 very confused ‘gaijin’ next to me. After a long studying of the menu, they ordered ‘shu-mai’ and sushi rolls. The waiter got fed up and tried to educate them: “actually, we’re a noodle house, we make our own noodle, have you seen our full menu yet (point at the noodle page)?” Rather rude but…I can feel both parties feeling a bit insulted. The two gaijin must feel unworldly hence change to whatever soba the waiter recommended. The woman was all in denial “i can’t eat this big bowl blah blah” when it came. My friend said she saw Sofia Coppola eating here before and was making our with her bf the whole time…

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4 Responses to “Soba-Ya (NYC: East Village)”

  1. seat says:

    The gaijin probably didn’t know what soba means?? ^^;; But it is rare for Japanese waiters to make rude suggestions…but then if the soba-ya is so authentic, how come they have shu-mai in their menu…? ^^;;;

  2. tomoko says:

    that’s so funny!
    maybe the waiter wasn’t Japanese?^^;;
    or I guess even shy Japanese get toughened up in NY! haha!!!

  3. donny says:

    i was thinking…one day i’m gonna come here and eat some soba. my friend said this place is quite good

  4. Freda says:

    Haha the place also has many small dishes that’s supposedly very good too. But I guess they expect people to order their soba (which are mostly plain) with small dishes, not small dishes only…^^:;