I thought nothing could compare to my beloved Curry House CoCo Ichibanya in Hawaii until I found Go! Go! Curry in Midtown Manhattan.
I’m going to be completely honest, growing up I always thought Japanese curry was the only type of curry. I like Thai curry and I’m not a big fan of Indian curry. Japanese always has a special place in my heart. I grew up with Curry House in Hawaii and thought nothing could top it because the curry flavored well and the selection is diverse. You can get a plate of shabu shabu beef with spinach (my personal favorite) or even clam with cheese.
Back to Go! Go! Curry. This place and Curry House are alike in that they are both chains that originated in Japan. Go! Go! Curry has a small and cozy feel. The Midtown location is usually busy. Personally, I like the one in Chelsea because rarely anyone ventures in. Perhaps because it’s tucked away on 19th Street (and ironically two doors down from a place called Go Go Thai).
The main difference (and drawback, in my opinion) about Go! Go! is that they don’t have the diverse selection that Curry House does. They have pork katsu, chicken katsu, sausage, and shrimp tempura. Then you can get toppings, but really that’s it. Curry House gives you a gigantic menu with all sorts of combinations. Also, the curry looks and tastes a little different. Curry House makes a light brown sauce with the option of ordering it regular or spicy. Go! Go! Curry has a darker color because they let the curry stew and mature for about two hours. They’re both good, it’s just a matter of preference.
My strongest recommendation for Go! Go! Curry is to order the Home Run Curry, a menu option exclusively in the states, or the Grand Slam Curry and share with a friend. Not only does it save you money, it’s just a good way to sample everything that Go! Go! has to offer. And stop by on the 5th, 15th, or 25th of the month to get a free coupon topping. I personally love natto, the fermented soybean with a stringy, slimy texture, and this seems to be the only place I have found that serves it. So that’s another perk!
Japanese curry is the best comfort food and to fill you up. If you are based in New York and haven’t tried it yet, I highly suggest you make a trip to this place to see what the hype is about.