Curry Ya – A Japanese Curry Specialist Worth Checking Out In The East Village
Japanese curry is a homey and very satisfying meal for me. It reminds me of growing up as it was one of those things that I thought was so good when I younger. While curry is probably most associated with Indian cuisine, it is very popular in Japan. Curry Ya specializes in Japanese style curry, which is a mild brown curry usually served with a meat, white rice and pickled daikon.
The restaurant is a thin space with only counter space seating enough for maybe 12 people. Because the restaurant is so small, there can be waits at peak times particularly on the weekends.
Condiments are on the counter in front of each seat and consist of red pickled radish, pickled onions and toasted garlic. I highly recommend using all of the condiments as they go great with curry.
Berkshire Pork Katsu Curry
This was a deep fried pork cutlet with curry and rice. The batter was crispy and not oily although not quite as light as a really good version. The meat was nicely tender and decent quality. Overall, the pork cutlet itself was pretty good although not amazing. The curry is flavorful and quite good, definitely better than most other places in NY. 8/10
This curry has ground beef with chopped onions, carrots, celery, raisins, a hard-boiled egg and fried onions. The first picture has a deep fried croquette made of mashed potato and ground beef. The second and third pictures have a mini Berkshire pork katsu. The croquette was good and goes well with the dry curry. The dry curry is much thicker than the normal curry. It’s more heavily spiced with a stronger curry flavor than the regular curry. This is a nice change from the normal curry and tastes great with rice. 8/10
Homemade Hamburger Steak Curry
This is hamburger with curry. I like hamburger, but I generally prefer a fried item with curry, so while this is pretty good, I prefer the fried items and curry. 7.75/10
Baked Hamburger Curry
This curry rice baked in the oven in a cast iron skillet with cheese. You can change any of the dishes on the menu to the baked curry. While I generally prefer fried items with curry, we got the hamburger since this curry is heavier and we thought a fried item might be too heavy for this. This curry is heavier because of the cheese, but I found this really delicious and probably the best dish at Curry Ya. 8.25/10
I enjoy eating at Curry Ya and I eat here regularly. If you like Japanese curry then I’d definitely recommend trying it out as it’s the best version I’ve had in NY.
214 E 10th St
New York, NY 10003