• Emperor Japanese Tapas Shabu

  • Chinese Japanese/Sushi $8.95 - $16.95
  • 96 Bowery St.
    New York, NY 10013
  • Neighborhood: Little Italy
  • Phone: 212-219-1993
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.
  • Hours

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

  • Prices

    $8.95 - $16.95

  • Payment

    American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

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

  • Alcohol

    Beer and Wine Only Sake and Soju

  • Reservations

    Accepted/Not Necessary

  • Delivery Area

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

  • Delivery Hours

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

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