Favorite Things: Shabu-Tatsu Shabu-Shabu

I love eating with a method and process. It feels ceremonial, ritualistic, and respectful of the food.

Fantastic in the winter and great in the summer, Shabu-Tatsu is the only place we go for Shabu-Shabu in NYC, and is one of our few favorites for a hot and soupy meal. They have been around for over a decade and have never failed expectations.

Prime rib beef, vegetables, tofu and shiitake after “swishing” in the hot broth.
I don’t have to tell you that Shabu-Shabu means “swish-swish” (or do I?) and that is the extent of the cooking you do during your meal whose center of attention is the hot pot of water where your group will dump vegetables and swish around some meat.
The setup: a plate of prime rib slivers, and a hot pot with vegetables.

We always begin our Shabu-Tatsu evenings with their Eel Bibimbap, a strip of caramelized eel set on top of sushi rice in a cast iron pot. The server mixes the bibimbap around before splitting into equal parts in bowls.

The flavor is rich, sweet and soy/sesame based. The texture of the rice is a perfect mate to the eel.
I would come to this restaurant just for this.
Shortly after the eel is finished, the meat arrives and is ready for dipping into the hot pot.
This is prime rib, regular grade. No need for the AAA grade.
The stockpile of vegetables to be added in intervals to the soup to prevent overcooking.
Bubble it up!
Two sauces are provided: a tangy soy vinegar sauce, and a peanut sauce.
They will rock your world. Time to chow down.
After eating all the meat and vegetables, the noodles are dumped into the pot.
The soup and noodles are ladled into cups.
Note the gigantic beer mug on the left!
Slurp the soup and noodles for maximum effect.
In Japan, loud slurping is a gesture of appreciation for the food and to let your host know
that you are enjoying your meal.
Remains of the day.
THE BEST, UNPARALLELED Green Tea Ice Cream ever.
More about my love for this coming soon.
Let’s focus on how much of that beer was consumed by a single person.
Did I mention we already shared a large bottle of sake? Good times indeed.
Teaspoon and milk pitcher intentionally placed for size comparison.
SHABU-TATSU
216 E. 10th St. (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.)
212-477-2972
Manhattan, NY 10003
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