273 W 38th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001840.754565 -73.991292
Neighborhoods: Garment District, Midtown
This place tastes and smells like Japan. They serve up authentic Japanese curry in four different sizes. Try the katsu curry if your a first-timer. The store is small, but it's homey and you can add your own toppings to the dishes.
I dont know about the Matsui stuff but this place is great. The katsu curry is cooked perfectly and the curry sauce is excellent. For cheap eats under $10, this is one of the best bargains in the city. I wish they would open more locations that are easier to get to.
Best Japanese curry in NYC – This is a very small Japanese restaurant that serves very good Japanese curry. They have the best curry in the city. I usually go there on the 5th, 15th and 25th of the month because they give out free topping coupons on those dates. My favorite dish is the Grand Slam where it has a little bit of everything. The pork, chicken and shrimps are so crispy. This restaurant looks similar to a Chinese take out restaurant where you can eat there without paying tips. Those who love Japanese curry should give this restaurant a try. I am sure you will go back again and again.
Comfort food with a kick – Anyone who's ever been to Japan has probably enjoyed the Japanese take on curry, which is a a slightly spicy variation on Japanese comfort food. Whenever I need my curry fix, I head right to GoGo where the curry is thick and rich, the portions are huge and the katsu is perfectly fried. The Grand Slam (which basically has everything on the menu pilled on a double-helping of rice) is more than enough for two and will leave everyone completely stuffed.
You do not come to this place for decor - aside from a few tables and a counter, the place is basically a shrine to Matsui and borders on kirsh. But the food is great, the staff quick and where else in NY are you going to get a platter of authentic Japanese curry for less than $10?
Bring an appetite – Sure, it costs a little more than chain fast food or your neighborhood Chinese joint, but this Japanese comfort-food import is well worth trying.
You get rice (white only, I believe) slathered in curry (nothing like Indian or West Indian ... this is dark and think with only a little heat and probably a little too much salt) topped with pork, chicken, shrimp or sausage. The medium should handle most appetites.
Generous portions – We came Sunday night, 9/25, at 8pm, not a soul was dining. Service was fast. I ordered the Grand Slam Curry, the portion was so huge, big enough for two. I've never seen curry so dark and thick before. It was a bit salty for me. They've got specials on the 5th, 15th and 25th of every month, a tribute to Hideki Matsui. We got coupons to get a free side, which you have the option of redeeming right away. The space isn't large so it's probably packed during lunch hour on the weekdays.
This packed Japanese joint serves curry dishes hearty enough for Godzilla himself. – The Scene
Long lines, handwritten posters and Japanese fast food--eating at this tiny Garment District restaurant is like going to a Japanese baseball game sans the baseball. Newspaper clippings featuring Yankee outfielder Hideki "Godzilla" Matsui are everywhere: "Go" means five in Japanese, and Matsui's number is 55. Seating consists of one long table and counter, which the crowd packs after waiting in a long line leading up to the fast food-style cashier.
What brings in the stadium-sized crowds? That would be the curry, a thick, sweet, goopy delight with just a hint of spiciness. As for what goes under the curry, diners can choose: thin strips of juicy, breaded pork cutlet (or a bland chicken version); sweet, plump pork sausage; or crispy shrimp with tartar sauce. Everything is served over a dense mound of rice and comes in baseball-themed sizes like a Walk (small) and a Triple (extra large).
Hits: The food--especially the pork cutlet--is incredibly filling and cheap. Plus, you can watch hilarious Japanese food TV on the flat screen while you wait for your order.
Misses: The cramped interior is not exactly ideal for relaxing meals, making take out or delivery the way to go.
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