About a month ago, Angela and I visited Daruma-ya in Tribeca for our monthly dinner date. It’s a bit of a walk from the subway, which was fine in the early fall, but I wouldn’t want to do that walk now that winter is kicking in. We made a 7:45pm reservation, but it didn’t seem to be necessary. It did, however, score us a good spot in the back room. Daruma-ya is surprisingly upscale and romantic, especially for a soba restaurant.
Whenever we have soba or ramen, we always order Agedashi tofu ($10). Daruma-ya serves their deep fried tofu with Nameko mushroom. You can’t see the mushrooms in this photo, but they were the most adorable little things! The tofu was nicely done.
The Yasai Tempura ($10) had a light, crispy batter on the fresh veggies. This is the way tempura should be done, but not every restaurant manages to keep the batter so airy.
I usually order hot soba, but since the cold soba is handmade, I had to try it. I ordered the Nameko Oroshi cold soba. More of those adorable little Nameko mushrooms! It’s fun to dip your soba in the sauce, and I always love the kick from the wasabi. When we were done with the noodles, our waitress brought out hot broth to add to the dipping sauce, so we could enjoy it as a broth. A warm and comforting finale to the meal.
I remember reading very mixed reviews on Yelp when Daruma-ya first opened earlier this year, but it seems like they’ve worked out all the kinks. Our experience was great, and I’d love to come back sometime and introduce John to the deliciousness that is soba!