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“Gorgeous interior design, great food”
Review of Katsuhama

Katsuhama
Ranked #3,765 of 13,633 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: US$0 - US$12
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Midtown
New York City, New York
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Gorgeous interior design, great food”
Reviewed 17 November 2013 via mobile

Great food, small cramped place, but beautiful interior design.

For a small place, they were still able to manage to divide dining into three areas: a private group dining room near the entrance, a sushi bar along the corridor and finally the main dining area at the end with small tables (this is where we ate and the tables were small and too close to the other customers).

Despite the tightness of the space, the seating is still reasonable. Also, it is compensated by the gorgeousness of the interior design (except for the mediocre bathroom - but I can forgive that). It highlights the best of Japanese minimalism but with a touch of New York's urban sleekness and coolness.

As for the food, delicious. I ordered the Berksheir (sorry, couldn't remember the right spelling) Katsu, some kind of breaded pork. Thick (a bit too thick for me) cuts of meat. Also, I thought I ordered the pricier bigger version but still found the serving small. Cooked well, tasted great. Their side sauce for the meat was delicious, even comes with a mortar and pestel to grind the sesame seeds to combine with their sauce.

The entree also comes with miso soup and salad. The salad equally has a very tasty dressing, made fresh. Tip: the salad is refillable (well-shredded fresh lettuce).

Overall, gorgeous interior design (urban minimalism), great food despite the place being small. I would come back.

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Valley Forge, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Affordable & Great Food in Manhattan”
Reviewed 14 July 2013

Pork tonkatsu is definitely a must every visit, very moist with crispy breading. Awesome experience making your own dipping sauce...(after watching a Japansese girl at the corner of my eye)...using the mortar & pestle, ground up the sesame seeds then mixed with the tonkasu sauce placed on a container on each table. This really made the entire experience as if you're in downtown Tokyo since the crowd is majority Japanese expats...a testament that it's the real deal Japanese cuisine in the middle of Manhattan.
Donburi (rice, onions, egg and katsu in a single bowl) is also very tasty...and cheaper than the main katsu entree.
Maguro Poki (tuna) is very fresh and recommended as an appetizer.

  • Visited July 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good !!”
Reviewed 25 June 2013 via mobile

I actually tried to get into kyo ya but they were full. This place don't look like much on the outside but don't be fooled. Very good original food very fresh ingredients. I will defenitely will be back.

  • Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Destination for tonkatsu”
Reviewed 23 June 2013

Like many restaurants in Japan, Katsuhama specializes in one type of food and does it very well. You don't come to this rather plain dining room for sushi or ramen or teriyaki: you come here for tonkatsu, Japanese-style breaded pork. The pork is tender and juicy, the breading light and crisp. A pot of tonkatsu sauce is provided on the table, although can order your tonkatsu with daikon oroshi (grated daikon). Premium Berkshire pork is also available for a few dollars more. The pork is served with a large mound of shredded cabbage, rice, miso soup and green tea. While I was there, the diners were mostly Japanese or Chinese--attesting to the authenticity of the food, no doubt.

  • Visited June 2013
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Ashtead, United Kingdom
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“Excellent value”
Reviewed 8 June 2013 via mobile

Excellent value. You can easily have a main dish with soup and rice for between $11 to 15. With drink and service a good meal can cost you no more than $20 per head. Service is efficient so do not be put off by a queue. It normally moves quickly.

Visited June 2013
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