A Heart Warmer

Being in NYC for the time being, I am truly appreciating the change in seasons. My sister visited me last week.  On a chilly evening we were on our way to Chinatown to get some hand-pulled noodles but a quaint, colorful, no-name spot in the Lower East Side caught our eye and we were intrigued. This tiny, cute gem pulled us in and we decided to go for Japanese instead. I'm glad we did because this place was a surprising treat.
Why yes, I'll have some soba.
We started off with a homemade silky tofu appetizer.  It was like a deconstructed dish that I had no idea what it was supposed to end up tasting like.  I built every spoonful: tofu, seaweed, bonito, ginger, scallions, and a dribble of soy sauce.   Wow.  Silky, almost milky tofu, brightness from the ginger and scallions, and savory from the soy sauce and bonito flakes.  This appetizer is a great start.
homemade silky tofu {$5}
We both had the dipped soba.  This was our first time having dipped soba but we saw other people in the restaurant with it and we wanted to give it a whirl.  They bring out the soba deconstructed as well.  The noodles are separated from the broth and you just dip the soba noodles in the hot broth for 5-10 seconds then eat!  It was super tasty and delicious.  I had the stamina soba with chicken, pork, and mushrooms, and my sister had the curry soba with chicken.

Japanese curry soba {$13.50}
Stamina soba {$9.80}

3 easy steps to eat Cocoron's soba
But there's a 4th step.  Slurp.  Lastly, they give you a pot of broth that the soba was cooked it (supposedly it has healthy benefits), add it to the broth (don't drink the broth by itself as it's very salty), and slurp.  Ahh... it melts your stress away.
Cocoron is truly heart warming and I will definitely be back.  The only thing is that the location is so uber tiny (even for NY standards) it takes a while to be seated.  Don't come with a group larger than 3, 2 is best.  If you don't mind waiting outside, it is really worth the wait.  You will come out with a happy stomach and a healthy(er) heart.

61 Delancey St
(between Eldridge St & Allen St)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 925-5220

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