216 E. 10th Street, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.729330 -73.985826
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Best shabu shabu – Hot spot for Shabu Shabu in the city. Very cute decor with tatami floor and paper windows. The quality of the hot pot meat is very high. I like how this restaurant is very clean and service is fast.
Came here with two of my girlfriends and we ordered the prime rib set and were full without ordering anything extra. It also comes with ice cream as dessert last. One tip though, if you want to savor the soup after you finish the meal, don't add more water to it as it dilutes down the broth.
Finally, there is almost always a long wait at nights, especially weekends. Therefore, be sure to have patience coz it is worth it!
Delicious dinner and a fun experience! – I hadn't done Shabu in years and I thought it would be a fun dinner out with some out of town friends. I was so pleased that my memory of this delicious and fun dinner was just as good as I remembered.
To begin, this restaurant is lovely and you feel as though you're transported to Japan (well, if Japan was in the East Village). We started out with some pitchers of Sapporo, a deal at $17 a pitcher, a couple bowls of Edamame and some Teryaki Tofu - which was piping hot and perfectly executed.
For dinner we decided to do a little barbecuing and then some shabu shabu. We started with the mixed fish and meat BBQ with three dipping sauces. Everything came out well, despite our lack of experience on the table top grill. The dipping sauces, a spicy, sweet, and mustard were a lovely compliment to the char grilled tender meats and fish.
The shabu shabu was certainly the highlight for all of us. The thinly slices of prime rib and pork cutlets were delicious quickly cooked in our broth of cooking veggies. The miso sauces were a wonderful compliment to the perfectly cooked meats and veggies. Afterward, our homemade stock was delightful with our noodles and seasoning as a wonderful soup. And even though we were stuffed, we still managed to scarf down a nice dish of ice cream and finish our beers.
The bill came and for the 6 of us, a couple pitchers of beer, mixed grill for two, shabu shabu for two, several appetizers, a delicious fried rice dish, plus the other little extras such as rice, salad, and ice cream, the meal came out to $50 including tip each! What a steal! Not only that, it was a huge success with my out of town friends and reminded me what a fun and delightful dinner Shabu Shabu can be. I will definitely do this again soon!
Initially when I tried this place I was pleasantly surprised with the quantity of food and the fast service. Over the past year or so, the price for the shabu shabu for two has gone up but is still affordable. I recommend going there during the winter, where you will be warmed by the steaming water on your table. I suggest making a reservation beforehand (they only allow reservations for 4 or more people) but if you get there and they are busy, just ask them how long and grab a drink at one of the many bars in the area while you wait. Great place to bring a date!
Average at best – I eat a lot of shabu shabu, and I just don't believe that this place is worth all the hype. The decor isn't bad, though it is small, so try to make reservations if possible (groups of 4 or more). I felt the portions were on the small side. Sure the plate was large, but there wasn't much on the plate. The select beef choice was too fatty in my opinion, but the other beef choice wasn't fatty enough. I was just hoping for a fattiness between the two beef choices. There wasn't much flavor in the shabu shabu. Maybe I'm used to drinking the soup while cooking other food. Here- they give you a cup to drink the soup afterwards, and that's where all the seasoning was. So the entire time, we're cooking the shabu shabu, I felt the noodles and vegetables didn't have enough flavor. I had such high expectations for this place, and was frankly a little disappointed.
Shabu shabu forever! – So not sure about this place when we arrived, but left there as believers! The shabu shabu is delicious, with very generous portions. The restaurant is cozy (yes, I mean small) but as long as you make a reservation you should be OK. It's now on my must-do list for my out-of-towners!
Shabu Lovers – I go here often but never get sick of it. The only drawback to this place is the wait. But, the place is worth it. Just put your name down and go to a nearby bar. Shabu Shabu is consistently delicious. I love cooking my own food at my own pace. The sukiyaki is pretty good but can get a little too salty because of the soy sauce broth. Nevertheless, strill good and I order it once out of every four visits there. The staff is friendly and helpful. I also wish they would expand. Oh, dont forget the red bean ice cream or green tea ice cream..delicious end to a great meal.
Great Yaki Nikku – This is a very authentic Japanese restaurant of the "cook your own food variety." It serves Shabu Shabu (clear broth) or SukiYaki (Soy Sauce Broth) in which you can cook various raw foods. It also has Yaki Nikku (Japanese Grill). In addition, you can order a variety of appetizers, which come cooked, and a variety of rice bowls, which are cooked at your table. The egg and eel appetizer was wonderful. The Yaki Nikku variety beef platter was wonderful as well. The beef was very fresh and tasty, although I thought the liver was covered in a sauce that was too spicy. The vegetables were very good. The staff was efficient and attentive. Overall, this place is just as good as the places of this kind in Japan. The only problem was the long wait to get a table.
Great shabu shabu – This is Shabu shabu. I am from Japan, went to Ginza to eat shabu shabu all the time. It's worth the price because in Ginza it costs $200!!
I have to eat there at least once a week!!!! – I love this place. I have had shabu shabu from tokyo to taiwan to LA to NY. This place stays in true Japanese traditional shabu shabu. For the price you pay, you get good quality and deliciously thin sliced beef. (trust me, i've had it sliced thicker and the taste is completely different.) Not only do they do the shabu write with good ingredients, the sauces are both great, i recommend sesame for the meats and the other one for vegetables. The appetizers are also great; i love their original chicken tofu gyoza and their bibimbaps have great flavor. I'm having my birthday there this year because I know nothing beats the great-tasting food! The set menu also comes with the best green tea icecream. I recommend going before seven to beat crowds.
True Japanese Food and Setting – This is the BEST Shabu-Shabu Restaurant in the Try-State Area. I have lived in Japan for 7 years and the taste of the food and the feel of the restaurant is like being back in Japan. Thius is a must for anyone who loves Shabu-Shabu.
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