GREAT Japanese in Forest Hills
Katsuno is SO freaking good. The last few times I've been there its been scary empty, and I'm really afraid they're not gonna make it in their current location. Please go there! I would miss their food tremendously.
Katsuno is in a non-descript Metropolitan Avenue storefront, and is a small and intimate mid-price Japanese restaurant run by a very friendly husband and wife team. The wife is your attentive server and the husband is the chef. The cooking is masterful and creative. Miso in different forms turns up all over the menu--as a dipping sauce for cucumber or tofu, a marinade for beef, or in its several traditional soup forms. My wife and I are vegetarian, but we're told the fish is superb, and the one time they accidentally served us eel it was so delicately flavored we thought it was suspiciously delicious warm avocado. Yes, vegetarian delusion. We particularly enjoy the hijiki and string bean salad, the omakase (chef's daily selection), the udon, and a frequent daily special of fresh tofu with dark miso sauce. Everything we've had has been fantastic. The cold onsen poached egg is a little strange but worth a try for texture alone. Excellent sake selection, etc. The chef is truly an artist, and takes a lot of pride in what he does.
Katsuno also makes an excellent date location, being two blocks from Eddie's Sweet Shop and their amazing ice cream and the nearby Forest Hills Cinema. Go there! Preserve one of Forest Hills' few culinary treasures.
718-575-4033. They have a website, too: www.katsunorestaurant.com
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105-29 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375
103-01 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375