Stamina soba from Cocoron (37 Kenmare Street, 212-966-0800), $8.80-$10
The name for this soup is apt — which makes it ideal for slurping while enduring another cold NYC weekend.
We lamented the closing of the original outpost of this soba shop last year — despite the inevitable wait, we’d come to love the cozy counter — but we took solace in the fact that the quirky crew still has its larger address just west on Kenmare. Here, you’ll still find the menus replete with odd advice and facts on soba’s health, and you’ll still be privy to experimental specials, like a Mexican soba made with taco ingredients. The regular menu isn’t entirely traditional; the porky stamina soba, for instance, is really a ramen set-up. That doesn’t stop us from craving it in the cold months: The rich, collagen-injected broth is pungent with garlic and ginger and fortified with slices of pork and meatballs, and the chewy buckwheat noodles add their own heft, ideal for steeling yourself against the cold. We prefer the assembled version of this dish, and so we order from the hot soba section, the noodles floating in our soup when it arrives. A slightly cheaper option: the stamina dip soba, which brings you cold noodles and a pot of hot soup so you can dip your pasta one bite at a time.
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