Nearly Free Japanese Curry This Thursday!


The signature katsu curry, without further toppings, will be 55 cents this Thursday.

Japanese curry is a strange entity, so remote from Indian curries (themselves a sort of convenient fiction), that a resident of Bombay would be unlikely to identify a Japanese curry as such. Yet, it’s one of the most popular dishes in Japan, usually a thick brown gravy faintly flavored with commercial curry powder in which vegetables like carrots and potatoes and a meager collection of meat chunks swim. One of the most popular brands in Japan is called Vermont Curry, which shows you how strange the Japanese idea of curry must be.

With three branches already open, and a fourth about to be, the chain called Go!Go!Curry! has popularized a form of Japanese curry called Kanazawa curry, supposedly originating from the Ishikawa prefecture in Japan, according to a press release received in the FiTR offices. It consists of a katsu pork cutlet mired in curry gravy and sided with a huge mound of rice. Shrimp, chicken, and sausage curries are also available. Ten additional toppings–including things like a boiled egg, American cheese, and the incredibly stinky and gooey fermented soybeans called natto–are also available.

In an odd sort of way, Go!Go Curry is also baseball-themed, with a numerological justification too long and convoluted to explain here.

The press release also mentions that at the new Chelsea branch of the chain, 555 servings of curry will be sold for 55 cents apiece this Thursday, April 25, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, the same medium-size curry will be available for $5 apiece, which represents a discount of between 55 cents and $1.95, depending on the curry chosen.

Go!Go!Curry! Chelsea Stadium144 West 19th Street