214 E 10th St
(between 2nd Ave & 1st Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Okay, ignore the little turd in the corner of the plate. Ignore the little frozen green beans as well because they taste like the airplane kind (you know, the kind that has that funny aftertaste of frozen vegetables?). Focus on the perfect mound of rice and the gleaming Japanese vegetable curry.
Zoom in. So many veggies! Curry-Ya is a tiny little restaurant in the East Village that serves up a variety of curries, ranging from the original plain curry ($7), to the homemade hamburger curry ($11), to the berkshire pork cutlet curry ($13). You have the option to add toppings like corn, egg, mini hamburger (see turd-like thing in first photo), etc. If you go at lunch, the curry even comes with a nice simple salad with a homemade dressing that tastes like ginger miso dressing.
Before Curry-Ya, I always just made my own curry. With products like S&B Golden Curry being sold in almost every Asian supermarket, Japanese curry is very easy to make at home. So easy that it has become a staple for potlucks and parties, anything requiring mass production. However, Curry-Ya serves up “gourmet” curry (as they call it), curry that is made fresh and not from blocks of frozen paste. According to their website, the curry is made from a base of chicken and oxtail soup with a variety of vegetables, fruits, and spices. Does that make the curry better than the kind I make at home? Not… really. Curry-Ya’s curry tastes very similar to the curry packs that add apple, my favorite kind! The curry was definitely very yummy, slightly sweet and very fragrant. I just couldn’t taste a big difference between Curry-Ya and my homemade curry (I’m so good. Just kidding, S&B is so good). Continue reading “Gourmet” Japanese Curry at Curry-Ya