This Japanese soba restaurant’s storied history dates back to 1789, and the Flatiron location marks Sarashina Horii’s first branch outside of Japan. The signature dish here is the Sarashina white soba noodles made from the core of buckwheat seeds, and is available either hot or cold in a refined dining room with design elements inspired by the shape of soba noodles. Additional menu standouts are the duck dishes, with one offering available in every category of the expansive menu. When it comes to the soba, we recommend going for the sets that can be paired with tempura, uni, clams, pork belly, and more. In addition to starters like raw bar items, sushi, salads, and cold appetizers, menu items include entrees like the Gindara Saikyo Yaki (black cod) and Beef-Ishiyaki (stone-grilled beef). A special tasting menu is also available for both lunch and dinner.