61 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002
Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12 PM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 11 PM
Sundays, 12 PM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 10:30 PM
I’ve been wanting to try out Cocoron for a while, a little soba shop owned by Yoshihito Kida.
This small eatery has few tables and a wrap-around counter seating, and offers appetizers, salads, kobachi, cold and warm soba, vegetarian soba options, and desserts.
I really liked the cute little characters, decorating the menu as well as the chopsticks.
The hubs and I shared a Yokozuna Dip Soba, which was a miso-based broth that comes out bubbling, filled with vegetables and meat. It was saltier and slightly thicker, but the saltiness is offset by being paired wonderfully with the perfectly-cooked soba noodles. Some just dump the whole noodles into the broth, but those who like to eat dainty-ly, dip the noodles in it.
Once you are done, you are given a little jar of hot soba water where you ‘dilute’ the leftover/remaining broth. This changes the taste of the broth completely, which you can now drink it more of like a soup (called ‘soba-yu’).
I’ve only had cold soba noodles before, but this dip version is just so delicious and much more preferable! The broth is super flavorful, and it really warms you up – perfect for cold weather or if you’re sick!
Service is super friendly and super sweet, and once you’re done, you are given some hot green tea.
I highly recommend in avoiding the bathroom, as it is super small, unisex, and the heater is on non-stop (I almost passed out!) – just use it to wash your hands!
Another note is that this place is cash only. I can’t wait to go back!
+Yokozuna Dip Soba
+Soba-yu (dilute with soba water with remaining broth to sip)
+avoid the bathroom!