Lucky Cat Izakaya

So happy that I discovered this neighborhood izakaya.  It's a very is very chilled place to enjoy a hot bowl of ramen and some small bits.  

The ramen here is as good as the ramen from more famous Ramen establishments in the city.  On this occasion, I decided to get the shoyu ramen. Unlike the Tonkotsu ramen, which comes with a creamy pork-based broth, the Shoyu ramen has a chicken and fish-based broth, which is lighter in flavor. I am a fan!

 Shoyu Ramen 

Shoyu Ramen 

Since this place is in my neighborhoods, I have visited it on several occasions.  On prior visits, I have tried the Yakitori skewers.  

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I really like the steamed yaki buns. 

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 Yaki Buns

Yaki Buns

The Chiritori Nabe, a Japanese version of hot-pot of sorts, is a meal in itself!  We got the 2-person serving (the minimum serving size) and it was huge!  The dish consisted of a large pile of cabbage and bean sprouts, hidden under thin slices of pork belly, cooked in a chicken and pork broth. This is the perfect dish for anyone who is on the no carbs diet! 

 Chiritori Nabe

Chiritori Nabe

I love these little octopus balls!  It is a popular Japanese snack sold by street vendors in Japan.  

 AGE TAKOYAKI

AGE TAKOYAKI

Verdict: A.  Solid neighborhood Japanese spot. 

Lucky Cat Izakaya
232 East 53rd Street (Between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
http://www.luckycatnyc.com