Katsuhama 55 is Now Open
Lunch’er Brian sends word that the new Katsuhama (on 55th btw. 5+6th) is now open. He had lunch there yesterday, and was nice enough to send along this report:
I really like Katsu-Hama and have been waiting impatiently for the one on 55th to open ever since I saw the notice on midtownlunch as it is much closer to my office. I used to walk down to the one on 47th to eat their katsu lunch special, but it’s a bit of a trek. Even though they promised to open at the beginning of August, it took them until the very last day of the month to open, which made it more of a September opening, but it’s finally here!
There wasn’t a single food item on the menu under $12 (only beverages), so I’m not sure it fits your midtown lunch $10 rule, but I know you appreciate the information particularly about new openings. The lunch special was tasty, and comparable to the food at their other midtown location. The rice was a good consistency and not too dry, the katsu was light and crunchy, and the condiments were well-balanced. The staff was also attentive and quick, and not just because I whipped out a camera, although the crowd wasn’t too heavy when I was there.
So to sum up, while it’s not a particularly cheap midtown lunch, it’s sure tasty. The lunch specials range from $12-16, and there are certainly other things that you can get for that amount in midtown that people would find to be a better deal. But you can’t find good katsu in too many places, so if you have a taste for it, this is the place to go.
Katsuhama, 43-45 West 55th Street (btw. 5+6th), 212-541-7145
Original Location: 11 E. 47th St. (btw. Mad+5th), 212-758-5909