Gaming the System at Soba-Ya

Soba-Ya
Soba-Ya
229 E 9th St
(between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

This will be short. All of you know that I LOVE Soba-Ya. If you follow me on Instagram (@whatshisees), you’ll see a photo of it nearly every weekend. The lunch menu is deeeelicious, filling, healthy, and sooo damn tasty. We’ve gone so many times we’ve figured out how to maximize our food with the least amount of money.

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The restaurant offers a lunch menu where you pick a rice bowl of some kind and a soba or udon for about $15. BUUT with lots of trial and error, LAW and I have found that certain bowls are way more worth it as regular bowls (non-lunch-menu), and others more worth it as lunch-sized-bowls. So, we always get the Sake Oyako don (above) regular size and the Seared Tuna bowl lunch size. The salmon regular bowl is way bigger than the lunch one, whereas the tuna bowl is about the same size. For the lunch size, you can ask for extra soba for just $3.50. This way, LAW and I can share the lunch portion soba and feel like we have two portions. 

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This past weekend, I decided to venture off the familiar path of salmon and tuna bowls and got their lunch box. Soba-ya offers a cute assortment of goodies in their exclusive weekend lunch box (they only sell 25 a day).

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For $17, you get ALL OF THIS (well, +$3.50 for the extra large portion of soba to share with LAW). The salmon was suuuper tasty, kind of sweet and salty (miso?). The cube of rice was mixed with black sesame seeds and white vinegar. Delicious. The little round container on the left contained pieces of marinated eggplant. Also super yummy. Tempura came with two big prawns and one longhorn pepper. Bad tempura is SO bad because it’s just like cakeyness over very little goods. This tempura is high quality, with just a thin layer of batter to add a crispness to the prawn/pepper. Everyone at the table was jealous of all the food that just kept coming for me (bento box first, soba, then tempura). It was awesome.

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H.W. got the Chicken Katsu lunch bowl, which also looked great. Even though I’ve been to Soba-Ya over 20 times at this point, I still feel like there are new things for me to try.

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My lunch box also came with a small strawberry flan dessert.

Soba-YaThe creamy, lightly sweetened flan was perfect. Just enough dessert to end my delicious brunch. 

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