I fucking love New York

SKEET SKEET SKEET

Saturday turned out to be the stupidest day ever. But all those fails don’t matter when you have the East Village a couple of train rides away. Ryan wanted tako wasa and I couldn’t think of any places in Brooklyn that served it, so we went to Sobakoh, which serves fresh housemade soba hot or cold with different toppings/sauces/broths. I’d been wanting to take him for a long time:

Uni Ikura Soba at Sobakoh

This is the cold Uni Ikura Soba, which is one of my favorite things ever. Thinking of doing a “Top 5 Dishes” type post in the future and this would definitely be on it. Ryan got the Softshell Crab Tempura Soba served hot. The crab came on the side and the noodles came in a broth that tasted like tempura dipping sauce, which is essentially dashi, mirin, soy sauce, and sugar. Both were excellent in completely different ways. I loved the freshness and creaminess of mine, and also the crunchy-saltiness of the tempura. I love when you dip it into the sauce/broth and it gets soft, then you have to eat it right before it turns soggy. SO GOOD.

They don’t have tako wasa there so we headed to Decibel where they serve the biggest bowl of it that I’ve seen yet. About half a cup for $5! So we got some sake to drink – Kaori Ginjo & Rihaku Nigori. I have been coming to Decibel since I first moved here and it is still as crowded and crazy as ever. I hope that never changes.

Sundae time

After Decibel we headed to Chikalicious Puddin for dessert, which was pretty packed. They serve a huge variety of things now…I remember when it was just soft serve, chocolate chip cookies, and the three puddins – Adult Chocolate, Brioche, and Creme Brulee. They have green tea shaved ice with adzuki beans now, a ton of cupcakes, NY Cheesecake, eclairs… We got some chocolate chip cookies and a hot fudge sundae to eat on the way home. It has crunchy bits and nuts in it, and we finished it by the time we got down to Dallas BBQ. That’s about 5 blocks.

The cookies are my favorite because even though they use a lot of chocolate chips, they are semi sweet. And the cookies are chewy and thin and pretty greasy, IE: perfect. Puddin is the outpost of Chikalicious Dessert Bar across the street, which is seriously a three-course dessert spot. You get an amuse, then the main dessert, then a plate of petit fours. I haven’t been there in years so a return visit is due. They have wine pairings as well, or you can have coffee/tea.

It is 8:30am and Ryan is still sleeping. I am going to eat a cookie.

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