Pix From Katsuhama 55, Katsu-Ya Turned Izakaya in Midtown

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Fried soba noodles make the coziest bar snack at Katsuhama 55.

This week, Counter Culture slithers up the stairs to the second-floor redoubt of Katsuhama 55, the bigger and grander West 55th Street offspring of Katsuhama on East 47th Street.

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The mammouth Berkshire heirloom pork tenderloin, breaded and fried to perfection.

The specialty of both the old and new places is a wondrous fried pork cutlet, available in a near-fatless version ("tenderloin") or in a fattier version ("loin"). The cutlets come with a haystack of shredded cabbage with dark brown dressing, a smear of mustard, and for $2 more, rice and a small salad, all for less than $20.

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Katsudon makes a gloppier and cheaper alternative to the naked pork cutlet.


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