Dinner at Cocoron with Angela. The Delancey Street location is teensy tiny and had a 30-minute wait when we arrived. They referred us to the Kenmare location (no wait!) and even called ahead to let them know we were on our way over. I believe the Kenmare location has more on their menu. We scored bar seats with a view of the kitchen!
Appetizer #1: Moro Tofu ($5). Marinated/fermented tofu, moro miso, daikon radish, shiso leaf. I’ve never had such creamy tofu. You’re supposed to eat all the ingredients together in one bite. We were pretty surprised by how small this dish was! Small, but flavorful. Appetizer #2: Sliced Japanese Sticky Yam ($5). Sticky yam and daikon radish wrapped in nori. Sticky yam is a strange thing, but oh so tasty.
Angela’s warm Kashiwa Soba ($12). Chicken soba with a thick, almost gravy-like soup. The soup looked really warm and inviting. I ordered the warm Sansai Vegan Soba ($12?). Soba noodles, bamboo, flowering fern, mushrooms, kitsune tofu, deep fried tempura bites and scallions in a heartwarming bonita broth. Looked amazing and tasted even better. No meat, but the toppings more than made up for it. I want a bowl of this right now!