Soba (そば or 蕎麦).So-ba. Noun. Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat. It takes three months for buckwheat to be ready for harvest, so it can be harvested four times a year, mainly in spring, summer, and autumn.
Good. Glad we sorted that out, 'cause before I visited Cocoran, I sure as heck had no idea what Soba was! Down in the Lower East Side sits the teeny-tiny spot, one of the city's few Soba bars. Like in most traditional Japanese restaurants, the seating is focused around the kitchen, where clouds of steam and supersonic chopping make for awesome entertainment. My hot “Stamina” soba came complete with cold soba noodles, a fire lit clay pot of broth, some pork, Daikon radish and scallions. Once you’re done slurping your noodles, it’s all about drinking from the bowl!