Dish No. 87: Katsudon at Ennju


Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road’s handy list of some of our favorite dishes — old standbys and new finds alike — compiled daily.

Today’s pick: Katsudon with miso soup ($9) at Ennju.

Ennju has long been a favorite pit stop for shoppers at Union Square, an off-price, cafeteria-style Japanese restaurant where you can get sushi already boxed, but recently prepared. The rest of the Japanese menu is also ably represented in good, but not spectacular, renditions: The long suit of Ennju has ever been price, convenience, and freshness.

Order katsudon from the cashier. It’s a nicely fried pork cutlet cut into strips, mired in an oniony egg omelet with a salty tang, and deposited on a big bowl of white rice. Served with a cup of miso soup (there’s a choice of two others, often including vegetable and hot-and-sour), it makes a satisfying meal, and you’ll be out the door in 15 minutes. Japanese expats seem to love this place. 20 East 17th Street, 646-336-7004

Next: Check out the previous dishes in the series.


Previously in the countdown:

Dish No. 100: Zaragoza Grocery’s Flor de Calabaza Quesadilla
Dish No. 99: No. 7 Sub Shop’s General Tso’s Tofu Sandwich
Dish No. 98: Nigerian Goat Stew From Baku
Dish No. 97: The Captain’s Daughter From Saltie
Dish No. 96: Bun Bo Hue From Thanh Da
Dish No. 95: The Beauty From Mile End
Dish No. 94: Potato, Egg, and Provolone on a Roll at Torrisi Italian Specialties
Dish No. 93: The Terrine Board at the Breslin Bar and Dining Room
Dish No. 92: Sausage and Egg Breakfast at La Bonbonniere
Dish No. 91: Roasted Carrots at Porchettta
Dish No. 90: Spicy Miso Ramen at Ramen Setagaya
Dish No. 89: Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie From First Prize Pies
Dish No. 88: Brown Butter, Corn, and Mushroom Linguine at Buttermilk Channel