Everyone gets in touch with their inner gourmet when they encounter the DIY feast called shabu-shabu. First comes the burner, then a pot filled with sake-splashed boiling water, a tableside rack, a tray and, finally, the food—lots of it. The bounty includes chewy udon noodles, plump mushrooms, chicken, prime rib eye and tofu in sesame sauce. You don’t need to be a culinary genius to figure out what to do from here, but the waitstaff is happy to walk you through it. Drop in your goodies, swish ’em around, fish ’em out, and eat. (The raw beef is sliced so thin, you need only dip it in the hot broth and count to five.) Finish up with the tasty broth you made. Hey, cooking’s not so hard, is it?
|Venue name:||Shabu-Shabu 70||Contact:|
314 E 70th St
|Cross street:||between First and Second Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 5–10:45pm; Fri, Sat 5–11:45pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 68th St–Hunter College|
|Price:||Average main course: $18. AmEx, MC, V|