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Happy Shabu Shabu & Cafe

54 Canal St., New York, NY 10002 40.714868 -73.991927
at Orchard St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-226-8868 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Nearby Subway Stops

F at East Broadway



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary


This venue is closed.

A playful air pervades Happy Shabu Shabu, a quirky Chinatown outpost where meals are as much fun to make as they are to eat. The concept: DIY. You stir thinly sliced meats, vegetables, and spices into broth in a boiling pot inset into your table. (You can vary the heat with built-in temperature gauges). Shabu Shabu’s take on Japanese nabemono, or rustic communal cooking, accommodates palates of all stripes—first you choose soup fillings like pork, lamb, chicken, fish, lobster, and vegetables. A plate piled high with Napa cabbage, watercress, shiitake and enoki mushrooms, fish balls, vermicelli, sliced fish cake, and tofu enables total meal customization. A raw egg can be hard-boiled in your broth, or better yet, stirred into your soup for an egg drop effect. A condiment bar with sauces and spices—from soy to bean paste to hot green peppers—add color and bite. The interior carries over the appropriate whimsy—in the dining room are a wooden horse tricycle and glassed-in dioramas populated with dried plants, toy animals, and colorful fake flowers. It’s a little like a kindergarten classroom, but then again the mix-and-match, drop-it-in-the-pot method is kind of like Cooking 101 for Kids, except that now you’re the young ‘un.


A selection of teas, including mango with tapioca pearl drops, come served in plastic cups with cartoonish animal motifs and oversized purple straws.

Recommended Dishes

Beef or chicken shabu shabu, $9.50