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Finding a lunch spot in midtown Manhattan is a task within itself. There are so many places to pick from and finding the right restaurant can be daunting, especially when they’re packed together like sardines. It’s impossible to decipher the good from the bad, so that’s why I took the recommendation of my co-worker Mimi who suggested we dine at Katsu-Hama, located at 11 E 47th Street. Katsu-Hama claims to be the only tonkatsu restaurant in New York, which means they specialize in fried Japanese pork cutlets. Now, if you’re looking for a healthy meal, walk away. Fast. This place is fried with a capital F!

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For lunch, I ordered the Snow Crab Meat Croquettes ($11). My meal started off with a few pickled carrots and a pickled cabbage roll along with a generous-sized bowl of miso soup swimming with onion strips and seaweed. This was followed by my katsu entreé: three large pieces of freshly fried crab croquettes, served with a side of shredded cabbage and a bowl of rice. I was a little puzzled as what to do with the plain cabbage but quickly learned the bottle on each table contained a delicate sesame ginger dressing. The croquettes were divine, not too greasy, crispy on the outside and smooth and creamy on the inside. This was complimented with a tarter-like sauce. Absolutely delicious!

Portion sizes are massive. I highly recommend sharing an entreé and pocketing a few recession dollars. You’ll not only be pleasantly satsified but you’ll be saving yourself from a mid-afternoon, fried-food-induced coma. We’ve all been there.

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