Japanese: Kuboya

March 20, 2012 By: Serena

Big Apple Nosh

 

 

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:

  1. Deep fried
  2. Rock shrimp
  3. 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:

Yum! This incarnation was salty but rich, with thick fatty slices of pork throughout. The depth of flavor was intense.

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!

Kuboya

536 East 5th St. (btw A/B)

212.777.1010

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8 Comments to “Japanese: Kuboya”


  1. um, char siu makes everything better. it’s like noble bacon.

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  2. the noodle bowls and the app sound delish! Too bad there isn’t one on the west side :)

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  3. I love noddles too an dthis sounds delicious!

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  4. I want. I want!

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  5. Yum! My husband & I love noodles… so much so that my grandparents used to call my husband Noodle Boy… not his best nickname :)

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  6. *sigh*, I’m home sick today eating Maruchan, but that looks much better, especially the pork.

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  7. Very yummy! I love ramen. I used to be open to traveling far for good food, but I’m much more lazy these days. I’ll still venture out on a weekend, but during the week I like to stick to my usual haunts.

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