I looove noodles. If I had a car (which I don’t, living in Manhattan!), I’d probably have a bumper sticker declaring “Will travel for carbs!” and it would be oh so true. So, when I heard of this ramen joint hidden away in the East Village, I knew I had to stop by. Kuboya, located on 5th Street between Avenues A and B is definitely not in my usual neighborhood . But was it worth the trip?
Kuboya is not spacious by any means, but luckily eating buddy and I were able to grab the last table for two! We decided to start off with a shared appy – the deep fried rock shrimp with spicy mayonnaise (first pic). There are so many things right with this dish – let me name them all:
- Deep fried
- Rock shrimp
- Spicy mayo
The shrimp were warm and toasty from just being fried, and the mayo had enough kick for me not to take it for granted, but it was definitely manageable. I only wish it came in bigger portions!
For our bowls o’ noodles, I ordered the Kubo-chan Shio ramen – a triple-blend Shio (salt) soup topped with charshu, menma, boiled egg and scallion:
Eating buddy ordered the Kubo-chan Miso ramen – a mix of 2 types of miso, topped with charshu, bean sprouts, Menma, boiled egg, and scallion:
I admit I was jealous because my ramen bowl didn’t come wih a boiled egg – but what’s a gal to do, right? This bowl looked similarly enticing, and charshu (sweet roast pork) is always a welcome addition.
Kuboya is a great hole-in-the-wall if you’re hankering for some ramen. I don’t know if I’d go out of my way to go back (it’s just sooo East for me) , but if I’m in the neighborhood I’d definitely stop by. Give it a chance!
536 East 5th St. (btw A/B)
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