GO GO CURRY offers New Yorkers a place to experience traditional Japanese curry, an ultimate comfort food that’s considered the Mac ‘n’ Cheese of Japan. After opening its first New York store near Times Square on May 5, 2007, and a second location near Washington Square Park on March 15 of last year, GO GO CURRY will open its third NYC restaurant at the World Trade Center on Monday, February 25. The new location is at 12 John Street between Broadway and Nassau Street.
The third location in New York brings the total number of restaurants in the GO GO CURRY chain to 62. There are 56 GO GO CURRY restaurants in Japan, 2 in Hong Kong, and 1 in Brazil.
To celebrate the grand opening of the third location, GO GO CURRY will be selling 555 portions of single-size curry on Monday, February 25 for only 55 cents. Normal prices generally range from $5.55 to $7.50.
The restaurant specializes in “Kanazawa curry” from Ishikawa prefecture in Japan, home of former New York Yankee Hideki Matsui. GO GO CURRY’s founder, Hirokazu Miyamori, is also from Ishikawa prefecture and was so inspired by Matsui’s sensational debut in Major League Baseball in 2003 that he opened his first restaurant in Tokyo.
The name originates from Matsui’s jersey number, 55. “GO” in Japanese means the number 5, and “GO GO” is a slang way to say 55. Because of baseball and Matsui, GO GO CURRY calls each restaurant location “Stadium.” The curries come in baseball-inspired sizes, ranging from “the walk,” to “single,” “double,” and “triple.” The “Grand Slam” options offers hungry customers the chance to try a variety of toppings, and it includes rice, curry, 2 sausages, 1 pork cutlet, 1 chicken cutlet, 1 shrimp, and a hard-boiled egg.
The signature dish, and one of the most popular dishes at Go Go Curry, is the pork katsu curry. Katsu is a lean pork cutlet covered in a dense crust of panko breadcrumbs then deep-fried to order. Thick Ishikawa curry marries the cutlet to the sticky rice, while thin sliced cabbage provides a cool interlude that stands up to the dish’s rich flavors.
The restaurant’s staple gravy is a rich pork curry delicately spiced and served in a stainless steel bowl. The curry is delicious on its own with no frills, but many customers choose to add toppings from ten available add-ons ranging from tart Japanese pickles to pork katsu.
GO GO CURRY has the best katsu curry in Japan, winning the triple crown (Best Curry Sauce, Best Rice and Best Katsu) in a curry competition run by a famous Japanese Magazine Nikkei Trendy.