If you don't have a great meal at Happy Shabu Shabu, it's your own faultyou do all the cooking at the city's latest outpost of Japanese nabemono, in which guests swish thin-sliced morsels of food in a bubbling pot. Traditionally limited to beef, shabu shabu became popular in the 19th century soon after the cow was introduced to Japan. Happy Shabu Shabu is not Japanese, however. It's a Chinese adaptation, shining like a beacon on the dark stretch of Canal Street east of the Manhattan Bridge. The interior is certainly happy, decorated with colorful polka dots, glassed-in dioramas crammed with dried flowers and stuffed animals, and a Herbie the Love Bug poster. The long tables are inset with individual radiant cooking stations, one... More >>>
By photo: Cary Conover
Happiness pervades even the playful decor at East Chinatown's Happy Shabu Shabu.