Shell Cove

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 (Photograph: Filip Wolak)
Photograph: Filip Wolak

Surf-and-turf hot pot at Shell Cove

 (Photograph: Filip Wolak)
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Shell Cove
 (Photograph: Filip Wolak)
Photograph: Filip Wolak

Shell Cove

The “one-person meals” at this chic eatery, which came onto the scene in 2011, make hot pot (huo guo) less of a chore. Unlike most restaurants specializing in the DIY feast—groups gather over a giant pot of bubbling broth to cook raw meats and produce together—each diner gets their own bowl. As Chinese pop music pumps through the room—outfitted with sleek wood panels and satin banquettes—polo-wearing staff roll up to tables with overstuffed bowls of ingredients. A surf-and-turf combo arrives with a generous amount of sliced fatty beef and seafood—including head-on shrimp, fillets of whitefish and squid—as well as vegetables and vermicelli. Save the noodles for last: After you’re done cooking, use the glassy strands to sop up the remaining broth—it’s especially good with the Szechuan-style soup.


Venue name: Shell Cove
Address: 83-02 Broadway
Cross street: at Cornish Ave
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat, Sun 11am-midnight
Transport: Subway: M, R to Elmhurst Ave
Price: Average hot pot: $12. Cash only
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