Momokawa, Kips Bay
157 E 28th St
Star rating: ★★★★☆
I learned about this from a friend and decided to try it out. I haven’t really had authentic Japanese shabu shabu, but this was really good! Make sure you make reservations because I almost made that mistake, but luckily my friend was smart enough to make reservation last minute.
The place is small and it gets packed. We had the Berkshire Pork Shabu-Shabu with the Golden Soup and ramen. The golden soup is A MUST! It gave the meat more flavor and the vegetables as well. We had one of their today’s special which was a cold duck dish, it was good but maybe should have tried something else because it was somewhat plain in my opinion, also had their sashimi and it was really fresh!
So to conclude, this is not JUST a shabu shabu place, they have other japanese dishes on their menu as well. Overall I would come here again to try the prefix menu, I think it’s more value for your money, don’t know why I didn’t get that instead. The negative things about this place is the fact that it is on the expensive side so you cannot come here often, and their serving time is really slow. I guess it cannot be avoided, after all it is such a small place with limited amount of waiters/waitresses. But definitely recommend trying if you are into japanese cuisine.