I love shabu shabu/hot pot. A combination of meats, sauces, and soup... it really doesn't get much better than that. I brought my family to Shabu-Tatsu when they were visiting because I figured my grandma would get sick of eating western food. Bad idea though, throughout the entire meal she complained that the restaurant wasn't as good as Orange Shabu Shabu in Taiwan. Well, of course not! But Shabu-Tatsu is pretty darn good for New York.
I usually love the salads at Japanese restaurants because of the sesame dressings. This salad dressing had too much ginger and no sesame in it.
Eel bib bim bap $13. This came in a stone bowl, and the server mixed it up and divided it into four bowls for us. There was so much eel in this and there were quite a few crispy rice parts due to the stone pot... so delicious.
Rib-Eye Beef set $24. The set includes assorted vegetables (shitake mushroom, tofu, cabbage, etc), salad, dipping sauces, rice, and ice cream.
Prime Rib-Eye Beef set $26. Noticeably more tender than the regular rib-eye. For $2 more, go for this one!
Peanut sauce on the left, soy sauce with spring onions and garlic on the right. I like to dip the meats and vegetables in both.
Pork Gyoza $6. There is a lot of garlic in these.
Red bean and green tea ice cream (included in the sets). I'm not really a fan of red bean anything, but I loved the green tea ice cream. Very strong tea flavor and not too creamy.
216 East 10th Street (between 2nd Ave & 1st Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Phone number: (212)477-2972
*Reservations only taken for 4 or more. Definitely try to reserve ahead of time because there are only around 10 tables on the main floor. There's also a ground floor but I'm not sure how many it seats.
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