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87 Very Good

The place on the Lower East Side for gourmet shabu-shabu.

61 Delancey St., New York, NY, 10002


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Mako Okano’s impressive one-woman omakase joint, which opened on a crowded stretch of Delancey Street, is a veritable dissertation on the joys of the communal Japanese hot pot called “shabu-shabu.” The prices ($128.00 for 14 courses) are slightly higher than at your average shabu-shabu joint, it’s true, but you’re not going to find marbled slivers of wagyu or pork like this on the hot-pot circuit around town (not to mention uni served with homemade yuba on a spoon). The combination of focus and intimacy makes the snug eight-seat operation feel less like a standard restaurant dinner and more like a private event cooked up by the chef at her dining counter back home.

Adam Platt

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DrinksSake/Soju, Beer and Wine

Noise LevelCivilized