Those closest to me know my absolute number one favorite place in the whole United States to dine is Sobaya, located in the heart of the East Village in Manhattan, NY. In the 12 years that I lived there, at least once a week I would treat myself to a "solo date" and have dinner at the bar with a book and a nice sake. This food is like magic, there are so many good vitamins in handmade Buckwheat noodles, and the flavors are so fresh and vibrant. Here is the one place in New York City where they make their own Buckwheat Soba noodles right in front of you with flour from Kyoto, Japan. Service is very friendly, and the atmosphere is simple, clean, and very authentic. Any time I get back to New York this is always my first stop.