Your beloved avocado toasts are becoming basic and you need to keep abreast of the food trends? Soba noodles are just what you need for the long summer days. No, soba is not the same as ramen: it's suaver and lighter. We've put together a list of some of the tastiest Japanese restaurants in the city to impress your friends and savor homemade soba noodles. Beware, though, they do have a wild side: they may fly around, spattering some of their delicious broth, not only on yourself, but also on the lucky person sharing the meal with you. Hence soba might not be the ideal option for a first date, but it’s definitely the best plan for you and your best friend. Shield your cute summer shirts and enjoy.

[Photo via @chowdownwithchan]