Ramen Alert: Lucky Cat Now Open in Midtown East

By Billy Lyons  |  January 24, 2014

A hot dose of Japanese soul food is making its way around midtown offices just in time to battle the next wave of polar hissy fits. Lucky Cat, a Japanese style izakaya joint from Chef Koji Kagawa and Obao's Chatchai Huadwattana, aims to spice up the lunch scene with a pork belly hot pot and wasabi-and-miso-flavored beer. There's also flavorful ramen, grilled meats, and a full bar offering sake and sochu. Since the image of the cat is popular in Japanese culture and is considered to bring about good fortune, the restaurant features the animal prominently in its design. A life size Manikeneko statue waves to potential diners through the window, while customers walk through traditional Torii gates into the 60-seat dining room. There's also an outdoor garden scheduled to open in the spring. The restaurant also plans to offer take out and delivery service at the end of February, though those in need of a dose of hot noodles can do so for lunch and dinner daily beginning at 12 PM.

232 E 53 St; 212-838-5333