216 E 10th St
(between 2nd Ave & 1st Ave)
New York, NY 10003
I decided I love weekend lunches. Not brunches. But lunches. I love eggs but rarely feel that I’ll find a good enough eggs benedict to wait in line for… that being said, I recently found a place where I don’t have to wait in line.
I digress. Soba-Ya has always been a favorite of mine. LAW and I go almost every weekend for our weekly dose of delicious salmon sashimi, torched tuna, unagi over rice, and cold dipping soba. The price is just right, always under $20 each with tax and tip. Recently, we decided we had been going to Soba-Ya TOO much and decided to venture out to some other lunch deals in East Village.
We searched Yelp and found Shabu Tatsu, which I always love going for dinner for Japanese hot pot. We found that they also have a weekend lunch menu that seemed too good to be true. They have these lunch sets that range from $12 to $14 and come with egg drop soup and salad.
I ordered the Sukiyaki ($14), like hot pot but with all the ingredients in a flavored broth already (in hot pot, you are brought raw ingredients and a soup to boil everything in). Unlike the hot pot that Shabu Tatsu serves, where the soup is extremely light and you end up dipping your boiled goods in sauces, this bowl is cooked in a very flavorful broth, so no dipping sauces are involved.
Also, LOOK at the amount of food that was brought to me for just $14. Incredible. Actually, it isn’t so much the volume of food that was impressive to me, but rather the diversity of food. The reason Chinese people share all the table’s dishes is because we like to have a little bit of everything. More tastes, more textures, more variety.
The soup includes a nice, thin cut of beef, carrots, tofu, cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, spring onions, and two types of noodles (vermicelli and regular). So much amazing stuff. It also comes with a bowl of rice.
It came with these delicious side dishes: some bamboo thing, some cold greens, and unagi omelets.
H.W. got the Korean Spicy Pork Belly ($12). I didn’t get to try but he finished everything up. Given that Shabu Tatsu is know for its shabu (hot pot), I think I scored the best dish. Everything we great, though. I will definitely become a regular here on the weekends.