One of the best udon dishes I've had isn't from a Japanese restaurant. It's from a little market, Jubilee, on Broadway in Soho. Jubilee has groceries and a variety of prepared foods.
I was skeptical the first time I tried the udon bar, but I've had enough mediocre udon before that I thought I might be pleasantly surprised, which I was.
I ordered the shrimp tempura udon. The broth was extremely flavorful with lots of spices and vegetables (make sure to request it spicy - it gives it an extra kick). On top of the udon were two pieces of shrimp tempura, which soaked up the broth's flavor but didn't get too soggy (I'm sure you request them to be on the side). The udon noodles were also cooked nicely - nice and slippery to slurp up.
Since my first udon encounter I've had the dish 5 to 6 more times, but today is a sad day for udon.
Seems like Jubilee has shut down its udon bar for the summer, and will only start making udon again come the colder months.
I suppose since it's summer people don't order hot broth noodles. But what about those colder summer days? Wouldn't a bowl of udon be more comforting than a deli sandwich?
Maybe if we keep asking for the udon, they'll bring it back earlier. Until then, I'm looking forward to fall.
New York, NY 10013
*Open 24 hours* (some prepared food sections close earlier)