Follow your nose into this East Village eatery for one of nine variations on classic Japanese curry—a milder, sweeter riff on the Indian dish. The restaurant’s signature gravy—rich, thick and not overly spicy—arrives bubbling in a cast-iron pot, with your choice of protein (try beautifully caramelized chicken or succulent panko-crusted pork cutlet). All variations feature the same traditional condiments of raisins, shallots, dried onions, pickled radish and rice pressed into a ring mold to form a well for the sauce. Pink grapefruit Jell-O is the lone dessert, but an after-dinner Sapporo works just as well.
214 E 10th St
|Cross street:||between First and Second Aves|
|Opening hours:||Daily noon–11:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $12. Cash only|
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Who doesn’t love Japanese curry? I’ve come to Curry-ya maybe too many times and the food has always hit the spot. I’ve tried several variations of their curry and have two favorites – the vegetable curry and the seafood curry. If you’re extra hungry, get your curry baked with an egg. From their drinks menu (short but sweet), I like getting lassi. The lychee lassi isn’t overly sweet and is nice and tart. Bonus, there are pickled baby onions and what looks like some sort of pepper available at the counter. Don’t forget to try them as they pair very well with the curry.