The Budget: $11.50
The Specs: Big Bang Roll
The Mood: Korean food court
The Place: 11 W 32nd St. #5
This place was once known as Mr. Fish. Why they changed their name to Roll & Katsu Kitchen is a mystery to me. The good news? The sushi is still just as good, although I’m still bitter the meal stopped coming with edamame and an Asian cole-slaw salad on the side. I guess perfection doesn’t last forever, right?
In the heart of Koreatown, aka 32nd Street “Korea Way,” is Gallery32, a three-story food court. This place was one of my favorite places to grab a bite when I lived in the neighborhood, and I still make my way back whenever I’m in the area, because I got really attached to their Big Bang Roll.
Head to the back of the first floor, and you will come upon Roll & Katsu Kitchen. If you’re a sushi-lover like me, this will be a hard place to pass up as soon as you see people picking up their trays stacked with sushi that would cost you $15+ just about anywhere else.
They also have omelettes, rice bowls, donburi, and tempura, but the sushi is where it’s at.
The Big Bang Roll ($11.50)
This is a price tag I would not normally recommend for sushi. I mean, you can grab a salmon roll for $6 at a grocery store. But if you are going out to eat and want a substantial roll with some raw fish action, this price is hard to beat. This is a colossal tower of crab meat, avocado, cucumber, and spicy tuna. Oh, and don’t forget the deep fried potato crunchies.
It comes with miso soup, and it can come with a to-go box if you ask for it. You will probably need it.
You might be tempted to try the other rolls, but trust me, you’re going to want to experience the Big Bang Roll the first time you come here–it’s what sets this place apart.
Put a fork in it.