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Soba Totto

Soba Totto

It has been sweltering in NYC, so we decided to go get some soba for dinner at Soba Totto. We arrived before the restaurant actually opened but their bar starts serving at 5:30 pm, so we ordered some extremely refreshing yuzu drinks. I would highly suggest the yuzu shochu cocktail, which is a bit dangerous since it tastes like a yuzu flavored soft drink...

Left: Yuzu shochu cocktail; Right: Manhattan mojito with yuzu

Left: Yuzu shochu cocktail; Right: Manhattan mojito with yuzu

If you are not into cocktails, they do have a wide selection of sakes and other liquors in addition to beers.

Sake selection

Sake selection

Tofu is actually one of my favorite proteins, and the homemade tofu here is phenomenal! Honestly, it doesn't even need the condiments that are served with it. It's so silky and fresh I wanted it all to myself!

Zaru tofu with nine toppings

Zaru tofu with nine toppings

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when we ordered the pork belly. When it arrived, I was worried it might be a bit dry. But beneath the crispy, fried exterior, the meat and fat on the interior just fell apart at the touch of my chopsticks. 

Berkshire pork yakitori

Berkshire pork yakitori

Just looking at this bowl of fresh uni and soba made my mouth water. Mixing everything together, there was just enough of the rich uni to coat the noodles in a golden, creamy layer, and the mountain yam was perfect for balancing out the richness from the uni. It is truly a bowl of paradise.

Uni cold soba - sea urchin with grated mountain yam

Uni cold soba - sea urchin with grated mountain yam

When I saw the bowl of uni, I was worried that I would be disappointed with my dipping noodles, but they were exceptional! The broth on its own was overly salty, but it imparted just the right amount of savory goodness onto the buckwheat noodles. The duck itself was soaked with flavor, making me wish there were some more slices of it. 

Kamo seiro - homemade soba with sake lees of Dassi 23 and hot duck dipping broth

Kamo seiro - homemade soba with sake lees of Dassi 23 and hot duck dipping broth

Soba Totto is the perfect summer locale, and I cannot wait to head back there for some cold soba noodles!

Tips:

  1. Grab a drink at the bar before dinner if you are early.
  2. There are a ton of vegetarian options, so if you are vegetarian or kosher, this is the perfect place to go!
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