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Emperor Japanese Tapas Shabu

96 Bowery St., New York, NY 10013 40.717521 -73.995321
at Hester St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-219-1993 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$$

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Sun-Thu, 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat, 11am-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

B, D at Grand St.


$8.95 - $16.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Delivery after 10pm
  • Online Reservation


  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju


Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Worth St. to Prince St., Allen St. to Centre St.


Like its name, Chinatown’s Emperor Japanese Tapas Shabu’s cuisine is more an assemblage of disparate cooking styles than a logical fusion. The menu offers some Japanese classics (wagyu beef, bento lunch specials), some Chinese dishes (cilantro with preserved egg shabu shabu), and a few regrettable inclusions (French fries?). Fried potatoes are one of the closest thing to tapas here, however, as most portions are quite large. Décor-wise, Emperor is more suitable for a dinner date than other feeding stations in the neighborhood: it’s spacious, with sleek red and exposed brick walls, and only a few paper dragons hanging from the stairway. To share, a large stock pot of shabu shabu lets diners cook thin slices of meat and vegetables at the table, but greasy broths and watery dipping sauces mask fresh ingredients; prime rib eye loses its succulence after a bath in over-seasoned Szechuan peppercorn broth and swish in bland sesame goma. Worth ordering just for novelty’s sake is the fish paste, which comes served in a tube and forms springy, gummy noodles when squirted into boiling broth. Another odd success: foie gras in red wine sauce, perfectly seared with a classic, buttery interior, and only moderately impaired by garnishes of sad litchi and mandarin orange slices.

Lunch Special

Daily, 11 a.m.4 p.m., bento boxes are $6.75, additional discounts on shabu shabu items.

Recommended Dishes

Foie gras sauté, $16.95