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!
Since this place is in my neighborhoods, I have visited it on several occasions. On prior visits, I have tried the Yakitori skewers.
I really like the steamed 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!
I love these little octopus balls! It is a popular Japanese snack sold by street vendors in Japan.
Verdict: A. Solid neighborhood Japanese spot.
Lucky Cat Izakaya
232 East 53rd Street (Between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)