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Kid Dynamite Mar 31, 2014 06:33 AM

For the past six months I've been frequenting Soba Koh with great regularity. I primarily head to Soba Koh for the cold uni ikura soba noodles. While I'm still really fascinated by the noodles and the cold miso broth, I'm eager to branch out. Is there a better cold soba noodle in the city? I've heard Lau champion Cocoron, is there anything better or is Cocoron the best at this point?

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    sam1 RE: Kid Dynamite Mar 31, 2014 07:34 AM

    ive spent most of the winter either at soba koh or soba ya. i think soba ya has the better cold soba noodles with duck broth.

    still havent tried corcoran because im rarely in that area.

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      Simon RE: Kid Dynamite Mar 31, 2014 07:49 AM

      i haven't been to Cocoron yet...i imagine it is tasty based on reports, but i prefer a) inaka whole grain soba, and b) traditional varieties -- so i've stayed stick w/ Sobakoh...

      But based on 15 trips to Japan and lots of (usually unsatisfying) soba eating in the US and non-Japan parts Asia, i have to say: Sobakoh is a gem...it really doesn't get much better than that outside of Japan (and even in Japan,the overwhelming majority of soba places aren't as good, as most are fast-lunch type places that serve merely-decent soba w/ yummy-but-greasy tempura for salarymen on lunch break...

      1. Monica RE: Kid Dynamite Mar 31, 2014 08:29 AM

        I go to Soba totto for uni ikura soba because it's close to my work. It's really good but I doubt it's better than Soba Koh but since I haven't been to Soba Koh, I wouldn't know.

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          Kid Dynamite RE: Monica Mar 31, 2014 11:08 AM

          Really appreciate all of the recs. I've been loyal to Soba Koh for some time now but am pretty curious about what else is out there. As mentioned several times: Soba Koh is criminally underrated. The 5-course prix-fixe is as good a deal as any in the neighborhood.

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            foodwhisperer RE: Monica Apr 2, 2014 03:46 AM

            I have had soba from the chef/owner at Soba Totto and enjoyed it very much. I have seen him prepare it from scratch and was quite impressed. I haven't been to the restaurant however, because of the long lines.
            I do think Soba Koh is consistently excellent. I go there every few weeks.
            I used to enjoy the Soba at Hanamura An, back in the day.
            I look forward to Daruma-Ya opening in Tribeca. I hope it isn't going to be a ripoff like Jean George's Mesugen was.

          2. ipsedixit RE: Kid Dynamite Mar 31, 2014 11:56 AM

            Laugh at me if you will, but I like the cold ramen at Totto (summertime only).

            Sure, it's not soba, per se, but if you're looking for a bowl of dry cold noodles, it's not a bad option.

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              villainx RE: Kid Dynamite Mar 31, 2014 08:37 PM

              Cocoron is good. It's less typical soba. I was going to say less traditional but whether ingredient or method, it is pretty traditional (or not untraditional). Cocoron is less of the tempura and soba that is more commonly associated with soba shops. But the varieties of broth and toppings are very good.

              Noodles wise, I think Sobakoh is top tier.

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                elyseNY RE: Kid Dynamite Apr 1, 2014 02:37 PM

                I prefer Soba-ya to Cocoron, mainly because I'm into toppings and Cocoron doesn't offer ikura/uni. Recently had excellent cold soba at 15 East (with a triple combo of uni, ikura and black caviar). Looking forward to Daruma-ya opening in a few weeks in Tribeca. Haven't tried Donguri or Lau either but I've heard good things and they're on my to-eat list.

                I'd say my go-to soba place is Soba-ya.

                1. Monica RE: Kid Dynamite Apr 1, 2014 06:03 PM

                  This post got me into soba mood so I went and got uni ikura Don which comes with either cold or hot soba. It was really good as always but they were especially generous with uni and okra today...cold soba was really good too with firm bite and slightly chewy. .All for $19....What a bargain.

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                    monab RE: Kid Dynamite Apr 2, 2014 01:36 PM

                    this is opening April 7.
                    Looking forward to trying a new place:
                    http://www.timeout.com/newyork/food-d...

                    1. Noodle fanatic RE: Kid Dynamite Apr 4, 2014 06:25 AM

                      I'm still mourning the loss of Matsugen (circa 2011), but in the meantime, I get my fix at Ootoya in Chelsea (only one kind available: plain zaru soba). If you like uni ikura soba, EN Japanese Brasserie serves an amazing one at brunch.

                      Really hoping for Daruma-ya to fill the soba void!

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