March 12, 2012

45 W. 55th St,
New York, NY 10019
(212) 541-7145

March, 2012

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.

Our appetizers came shortly after we ordered our meals.
Miso Soup

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.

Katsu sauce

The dinner ended with green tea ice cream (one of my favorites), which definitely hit the spot.

Green Tea Ice Cream


Happy eating!

Joey ♥

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  • Reply The High Heel Gourmet May 13, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Have you ever been to “Kagura” in Torrance? I’m so worry that they are going to close the place down because there isn’t that many customer. They are qualified as ONLY tonkasu place in LA. They’re as good as in Japan or Shaboten in Bangkok.

    • Reply Joey W. May 13, 2013 at 2:44 AM

      Hi High Heel Gourmet,

      Thank you again! I’m definitely adding Kagura to the list that’s building because of your recommendations!


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