It's funny; I was hoping this MoFo theme would get me to restaurants that I've been putting off visiting forever and it sort of hasn't, so far. I'm sort of dining out more often than usual (okay, so I picked up a bagel once) but not doing the full (stressful) restaurant experience.
For that, I guess, I need more than MoFo - I need my friends!
Spontaneously (well, she g-chatted me a couple hours previously) for lunch the other day, I met up at Souen with one of my very best friends who I don't see often enough. I rushed over on my break for some conversation, comfort, and soup.
Although there are three Souen locations (including one a block from my job), they each seem to have specialties and the location at 6th street between 1st and 2nd ave has all the noodles! We were both coming off weird illnesses, so this was it.
(This is what it looks like outside. Don't be confused. I walked past it three times before going in.)
Also a big draw:
It's pretty damn cheap for a lunch meal, where you pick from a noodle, a broth base, and a side.
I got ramen noodles in a miso vegetable broth (with nappa cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, carrot, kombu, mung sprouts and greens) and a side of sauteed garlicky kale.
This was a HUGE bowl, if you can't tell, and way more than I could finish before running back to work. If you visit New York, dining out can definitely get expensive. I totally recommend checking out lunch specials and saving what you can't finish. For 10 bucks, I basically got two meals and a really enjoyable time with my friend, talking about veganism, feminism, queer theory, astral projection, cats, OCD, and fairy tales (What do they say? As long as you don't discuss religion, politics, sex, or money?)
The place was clean and calm inside and the server was totally sweet. It wasn't busy at 3, either. If only all dining out experiences could be as pleasant. Maybe soon I will compare this place to the location closer to work?
326 E. 6th St
L to 1st Ave, 6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th St.