Shabu Tatsu is a Japanese shabu shabu (hot pot) and yakiniku (grilling) restaurant in the East Village. They offer up a variety of really great thinly sliced meats to sear up on the butter-basted skillet, or dip into their kombu and vegetable broth for a quick cook.
Some friends of mine brought me along on their dinner where they were meant to feature Kirin beer with the food, in hopes to promote Japanese cuisine and tourism with an Instagram contest. Here’s what we had:
Their mixed platter of meats for grilling contained beef tongue, liver, short rib, and rib eye, as well as pork.
The beef tongue was probably my favorite. These babies cook up quick since they’re thin, so you just want to get a good sear on them for color and flavor.
We also grilled off some wagyu rib eye. This stuff was so highly marbled and decadent.
For the hot pot portion of the meal, we had some nice thinly sliced beef rib eye and pork loin.
I still prefer Chinese hot pot over this style, because the broth flavors are more robust and powerful. This broth was mainly water with a small kombu leaf in it, and then you load up some veggies in there as well. It’s still really good, just a preference for me.
The best part of the meal, however, was the starter course! We tried three apps: grilled squid, braised pork belly and dumplings.
The pork belly was incredible. It was cooked in a thick citrus sauce and had a great kick from the spicy mustard on top. I highly recommend that dish.
216 E 10th St #St1
New York, NY 10003