Katsu-Hama is a calm oasis in midtown. The menu features panko-breaded fried pork or chicken cutlets. They offer a number of lunch specials for all appetites, including a seafood katsu option.
The decibel reading for our visit was higher than we would have guessed, because we found the place to be very comfortable, even relaxing. Although we were seated in the front where parties of one or two are placed, we believe the reading fairly reflects the entire space as we checked out the back dining area and found it to be consistent with our experience up front.
Calm is the word that best describes Katsu-Hama. Instrumental jazz played very softly in the background. Nearby diners chatted, in person or, sigh, on their phones, but it wasn’t bad–no screamers. We did pick up some kitchen sounds, but they weren’t jarring or pingy. The space is not live, and the low lighting and soft music really make for a relaxing experience. We highly recommend a visit to Katsu-Hama.
Monday through Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
11 E. 47th Street (betw. 5th and Madison Avenues), New York, NY 10017