One of Tokyo’s oldest and most venerable soba shops is heading to New York City this summer.
Centuries-old Japanese buckwheat noodle restaurant Sarashina Horii — helmed by ninth-generation soba maker and owner Yoshinori Horii — will open at 45 East 20th St., near Park Avenue South in Flatiron this July. The menu will include more than a dozen noodle dishes, both hot and cold, as well as appetizers and other entrees.
Sarashina Horii is known specifically for its white noodles made using only the core of buckwheat seeds. The restaurant dates back to 1789, and its soba was once deemed fit to serve the Japanese Imperial Household. The restaurant also made an appearance in the late Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations show in Tokyo, where the food media icon calls the noodles “perfectly chewy.”
Though the New York menu hasn’t been finalized yet, a spokesperson says that clam soba as well as one with duck and leeks — a favorite in Japan — will be available here. The menu in Japan includes tempura and soba combos, like deep-fried jumbo prawns with cold noodles. There’s also cold soba served with warm chicken soup, duck soup, or Japanese radish and boiled shrimp, as well as noodles in a hot bonito broth seasoned with soy sauce, topped with duck, shrimp, or fish paste.
Sarashina Horii has three locations in Tokyo. This will be the company’s first outside Japan. While ramen has dominated the Japanese noodle scene here in New York, there are places like Soba Noodle Azuma, Soba Totto, and Sobaya that are dishing out excellent versions of the meal.