45 W. 55th St,
New York, NY 10019
While visiting New York for the first time, I dropped by a little restaurant between 5th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas for dinner. I was in a rush to catch a Broadway show so my priority was something that was decent and fast.
Katsu-Hama prides itself in being “the only tonkatsu [fried pork on rice] restaurant in New York.” I ordered from the prix fixe menu and was impressed by the quality of food and service I received. The host didn’t greet our party until we walked up a staircase leading from the entrance to the dining area. I was a little skeptical of the place at first because there were only a couple of customers dining there.
Japanese Style Roasted Beef
The beef was truly amazing. It came out warm on the plate flavorless but the sour sauce complements the beef. I would have asked the waiter what the name of the sauce is if I wasn’t in a rush.
After appetizer came the main course. I chose the porkloin katsu paired with a piece of white fish katsu and a crab cream croquette. The crab cream croquette was mediocre but the white fish katsu was amazing. I would say fish katsu sounded weird at first since it’s different from the normal chicken or pork katsu. Unlike other types of fried food, the katsu wasn’t greasy, which was good for a meal after a 6-hour plane ride to Philadelphia and a 2-hour bus ride to New York.
When asked if I wanted the pork tenderloin or the porkloin katsu, I opted for the porkloin katsu even though the waiter said it contains more fat. After walking in NYC for an entire day, I decided I probably burned enough calories to afford to eat that little bit of fat. I wouldn’t be able to compare the tenderloin with the porkloin but the porkloin was exactly what the waiter said, soft and melts in your mouth.
From left to right: Porkloin Katsu, Crab Cream Croquette, White Fish Katsu
Dinner set with the katsu, rice, grinded sesame.
The dinner ended with green tea ice cream (one of my favorites), which definitely hit the spot.
Green Tea Ice Cream