Shabu-Shabu 70

Restaurants, Japanese Lenox Hill
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Shabu-Shabu 70
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
Address: 314 E 70th St
New York
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
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Brian M

Looking for a Shabu-Shabu restaurant and not willing to travel downtown? Shabu-Shabu 70 will get you cooking and unlike many Upper East Side restaurants, this one has been here for almost 40 years.  Appetizers like gyoza and shumai are available, but the main focus is the boiling entree.  A rather large grill and hot pot are brought to your table, which takes up most of the space.  Thankfully, a folding side table is provided where all your meats and veggies are placed.  I went for the "premium beef" for two and we received a large circular plates covered in folded raw meats. The cooking begins and the dipping sauces, soy and peanut dip, harmonize perfectly with the meat.  Carrots and bean pods float around waiting to be grabbed.  The sturdy udon noodles are perfect, as the boiling pot would decimate lesser noodles.  Although the amount of meat looked overwhelming, we were able to eat each piece and were fishing in the bowl for more when we were done.  If you have room, the warm chocolate cake with ice cream is a nice finish to this meal.  No cooking required on the ice cream.