Getting New Yorkers to cook for themselves isn’t easy, but Swish is giving it a shot. The main offering is shabu-shabu (named for the swishing sound of meat being stirred in boiling broth); mini hot pots are provided for beginners, along with all the fixins—beef or fish, cabbage, mushrooms, noodles, and your choice of seafood, sake, or spicy broth—plus a list of confusing instructions. More advanced cooks can order ingredients à la carte or share whimsically named meals for two, such as Dive into the Sea: shrimp, crab, squid, scallops, sliced fish, and fish balls. Tapioca bubble-tea and fruit smoothies are free with each entrée.
88 W 3rd St
|Cross street:||between Sullivan and Thompson Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11:30am–11:30pm; Fri 11:30am–1am; Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F to W 4th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $13. MC, V|