536 East 5th Street bet. Avenue A & Avenue B

This past Memorial Day weekend, New York experienced unseasonably cold and rainy weather. Summer? It felt like a redux of winter! On days like these, ramen is a #singlegirldinner go-to. 

Ashley and I knew that Ippudo would be out of the question. The wait is always horrendous there. Momofuku Noodle Bar is another no. Fuggeddaboutit! After a quick scroll-through on Yelp, we decided to try Minca in Alphabet City thinking that its out-of-the-way location would deter the crowds. However, when we got there, we were bummed to see a line out the door! What to do... Our eyes wandered next door, where we happily spotted a quiet, near-empty Japanese restaurant named Kuboya that served... Ramen!

Not only do they have a charming atmosphere–with lovely jazz playing and cute flowers on the table–their ramen is one of the best I've had in this city. They pride themselves on using the highest quality ingredients and, apparently, their signature triple-blend broth (pork, chicken, seafood) is the result of 10 years of development! It's light yet still has that rich umami creaminess. Super flavorful.

I not-so-secretly hope the lines continue to remain at Minca so that I'll always be able to get a table at Kuboya!