Local Couple Slinging Katsu Burgers And Loaded Teriyaki Bowls In Clinton Hill


Simply in time for spring, an inviting little counter service cafe referred to as Chef Katsu Brooklyn has opened on a nice, tree-lined block in Clinton Hill, the end result of year-long effort by Katsutoshi and Chiemi Machida, who’ve lived within the neighborhood for greater than 15 years.

Not that the couple are new to the meals business–he’s been a sushi chef for years, and their Katsu Burger sales space loved a two-year stint at Smorgasburg–but when house turned accessible early within the pandemic proper under their residence, they knew they needed to pounce. And so about two weeks in the past, with assist from household, buddies, and crucially, a $50,000 Kickstarter effort, the Machidas beginning feeding their neighbors on Inexperienced Avenue.

The Chef Katsu menu is an interesting mixture of hearty sandwiches and rice bowls. There are 4 Katsu Burgers, which pair marinated, breaded, and fried slabs of pork, rooster, salmon, or portobello mushrooms with issues like shredded cabbage, cheddar cheese, and a wide range of house-made sauces, all on an honest brioche bun. I wolfed down a Pork Katsu Burger final week and it was simply decadent sufficient to actually fulfill, with out feeling too heavy.

The Machidas additionally do good issues with teriyaki-glazed meats and mushrooms, providing a trio of burgers (rooster, salmon, and portobello) in addition to a number of thoughtfully-adorned rice bowls. I ate the Salmon Teriyaki Bowl and, along with having fun with the peerlessly cooked fish, I additionally appreciated the pickled radish, the burned shishitos, and the soft-cooked egg, all which gave the dish some breadth. The sticky rice was good, too.

There are a number of sides accessible, and I extremely suggest the Seafood Chowder, laden with tender clams, bits of scallop, and peppered with inexperienced peas. This actually got here alive with a number of shakes of sriracha, a bottle of which sits close to the ordering counter. I additionally tried Chef Katsu’s crisp, salty French Fries, and so they did a wonderful job as burger accompaniments.

For a candy afternoon snack you may get a Matcha Ice Cream Donut (which seems to be extra like an ice cream sandwich on a brioche), or a slice of fluffy, Japanese-style Yuzu Cheesecake. There are additionally scorching and iced teas, lattes, and matcha, as effectively Yuzu Mint Lemonade. Present capability ranges enable six folks to take a seat exterior, and there are three tables arrange within the recessed space out entrance. A small park throughout the avenue gives picnic potentialities as effectively.

Chef Katsu Brooklyn is situated at 143 Greene Avenue, simply east of Waverly Avenue, and is at present in “comfortable open” mode on Wednesday by way of Sunday from 11 a.m. to eight p.m. (716-599-1441; @chefkatsubk)