There's nothing like shabu-shabu on a cold winter night in New York. There's not a lot of good options for it in the city, I've heard of only a handful of places and basically this spot is the most convenient location and tends to completely dominant the shabu-shabu market in NY. It's good enough and manages to satisfy that craving. In order to do the shabu-shabu or sukiyaki you have to do a minumum of 2 orders of meat, which is both pricey and too much meat. But of course we did it and pretty much at all of it! We ordered the nicest beef and pork plate for variety. The sauces are the best part of the whole event, I think to alternate between the ponzu and the gomae (sesame) sauces, and go from sweet and creamy to sour, then back to sesame! It's so fun and the eating goes on for hours without feeling a single bit of heaviness since there's no carbs involved. They had this amazing yuzu shotchu drink, which I could have drunken 5 of. And they do this crazy thing with the straw tip, very cool.
216 E. 10th Street
New York, NY