This is going to be part of a series that I would like to call “HEY NOW, THAT’S DAMN GOOD FOOD.”
I am quite the foodie and when I am not sewing, playing video games, or in Lala Land, I am munching - think of me as Usagi. I eat a ton but I don’t even gain a pound. Anyway, I’m going to take you to some of the best places to get your food on in New York City and you can check them all out after a long day at the Javits.
My first stop on my list was GO!GO!CURRY! (http://www.gogocurryusa-ny.com/). By the way, “go” means “five” in Japanese. You may be wondering what this has to do with pop culture - it has PLENTY to do with pop culture. Nerds get hungry, too. GO!GO! is the place to be after a night at New York Comic Con. Do you know why? Because Japanese style curry is pure Otaku food. Go!Go! even knows this because they will host New York Anime Fest/ Comic Con events at their Times Square location. Last year I was very surprised that my boyfriend and I were able to secure a table after the show floor closed because we expected every ‘Anime Head’ (is that what they call themselves?) to fill themselves with curry. Fortunately, for us, they were all lured off by the $1 pizza joints that line the blocks between Jacob Javits and Go!Go!.
Alright, I just realised I didn’t really tell you about the food. Now that you know the importance of Japanese curry, let me tell you about the dishes. Go!Go! is baseball themed(even more pop culture!). There are pictures of players of the Yankees lining the walls - Matsui being the most dominant amongst the portraits. There are also reviews (from Japan) discussing how fantastic the curry is. Did you know that Go!Go! was rated in Japan as the #1 fast food, with the best rice and the best katsu? Well now you know.
The curry sauce is like crack. It is quite rich - not too thick and not too thin and it is loaded with little bits of pork. It is served over a bed of steaming hot rice with a side of shredded cabbage. You can add toppings to your rice such as Natto, Rakkyo, Egg, Cheese, Katsu, etc. I usually just order a Katsu Curry(fried pork over rice). Their sizes are baseball themed. Walk(S), Single(M), Double(L), and Triple(XL). They also offer a platter called the Grand Slam and a 5.5lb dish called the World Champion. Once a year they whole eating contests to see who can down the most curry.
By the way, they really overuse GO or 5. Every 5th, 15th, and 25th is GO!GO! Day so if you stop by and buy some food on any of those days, you get a free topping coupon for your next purchase. Right now I have been racing to use up FIVE free topping coupons I received earlier in the month during the Go!Go! NYC 5th year anniversary.
Pictured above: I ordered a Walk Katsu Curry with cheese as my topping and my boyfriend ordered extra curry sauce. Doesn’t that sauce look great!?
If you have not heard of this place, check it out. If you’re not from New York City, put this on your TO-DO list when you come down for New York Comic Con - just save a seat for me.