Since it was mentioned in another recent thread that Rockmeisha may have closed, I had my doubts , as did Lau, and I went to check it out tonite. I also felt the place was worthy of a new thread.
Rockmeisha was not only open, but it was busier than ever.
I guess one would describe it as Izakaya food. Their card describes it as tapas and sake. Chef/owner Kando-san has a talent for flavor and well prepared dishes. The place is a fun , casual place, with old rock n roll music , playing, decorated in everything from prosperity cat to Hideki Matsui souvenirs, with wrestling videos on the tv.
The staff is super friendly and service is great. I know some CH'ers have been here, but I think most haven't and I highly recommend the place.
I ate alone tonite , s I didn't have many dishes. Usually I get the Tonsoku, which is always great ( Hakata ton ton also has an excellent version), but tonite the pork ribs looked so good I had to opt for that instead. The meat just fell off the bone, the bbq sauce was tasty and messy and the ribs had a good amount of fat which I enjoyed.
The asari clams in a broth was not the usual clear soup with like 2 clams, it had maybe 20 clams and egg in the broth and was delicious.
I had the mental potato salad which is one of my favorite things there, and also had the house made shrimp gyoza which are the best gyoza i've had in NYC.
I believe the chef is from Hakata-ku, Fukuoka prefecture., so they do a few mentaiko dishes and of course tonsoku.
Again, the place is great. It is on a hidden WV block, Barrow off of W 4th. Things are still rocking' at Rockmeisha.