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Ginza of Japan - non-sushi Japanese in Murray Hill

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Ginza of Japan - non-sushi Japanese in Murray Hill

Shirley | Oct 30, 2007 05:20 PM

This take-out place opened up a few weeks ago on 2nd Ave just below 39th. There is no sushi on their menu; the menu indicates they are "homestyle" Japanese food. The appetizers include some fresh tofu salads, edamame, yakitori, shumai, etc. The rest of the menu has several options of katsu, yerkiyaki, donburi, Japanese curry, udon, grilled or sauteed meets and some interesting specials.

I ordered the following, which was delivered in about 15 minutes:

Chuka-fu Hiya Yakko (fresh tofu and cucumber w. spicy sauce) - the sauce was nothing spectacular - soy based with some chili pepper for heat. The tofu had a wonferfully soft and smooth texture. Unfortunately, it didn't really leave me wanting more.

Kuro Buta (deep fried Berkshire pork belly in katsu sauce) - this was listed under the 'special' section of the menu. When I ordered, I asked twice if the dish was indeed Berkshire pork, and received an affirmative answer both times. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I got tonkatsu made with pork belly. The breading was nice and crispy, and delicately seasoned. The meat was good with a nice layer of fat, but I don't think it was Berkshire. When I think of pork belly, I expect to have some crackly skin, but there was none.

My husband had chicken katsu. Nicely prepared, crispy, delicately seasoned, but a bit too similar to the Kuro Buta for us to appreciate it more.

The two entrees came with rice, a cabbage salad and a small miso soup. The meats were competently fried, and did not arrive greasy.

Overall, I like the idea of having something different in the neigborhood. I would say it's better than average, but I'm missing the 'wow' factor.

I'd love to hear other opinions.

Shirley

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