It was dreary, raining, and all around depressing last Thursday. All I wanted was some hot noodle soup to warm up the belly and the soul. ATO did his research, and we met for a quick lunch at Onya, a “fast food” Japanese udon joint in Midtown East, where they hand-make their wonderful noodles. Awesome! Definite new lunch spot. It was filled with suited corporate types sneaking out for a quick and delicious bite: pick up a tray, load it with some tempura, and order your choice of udon (there are about 7 varieties). It’s very bare-bones, quick and efficient: you can be in, eat, and be out in less than 20 minutes. It also costs about $10 per person for 2 pieces of tempura and a bowl of noodle soup. That’s the cost of my average lunch at Hale and Hearty, Cosi or Pax Wholesome Foods! This is such a better way to spend $10!
You want a close-up of the tempura, don’t you? It is 1 piece for $1.75, 2 pieces for $2.00 ($1 for each additional piece). So tricky. With pricing like that, what reasonable person would ever get just 1 piece (what reasonable person would ever just get 1 piece, regardless)? The shrimp tempura was particularly tasty.
And of course you’re just dying for a closer look at that udon too! I got the Niku udon with chicken and an extra topping of nori (seaweed). I garnished with fried cracklings of goodness and some hot chili powder. Fantastic.
Website: http://onyanyc.com/ (website is super ghetto!)