Dinner at Shabushabu Mayumon starts with a wet hand towel and ends with a mountain of matcha shaved ice. What happens in between is a long omakase conga line of single-bite meats and vegetables, each of which is delightful and abstract enough to be molded, cast, and installed in the sculpture garden at MoMa for ants. Like its nearby sister restaurant Shabushabu Macoron (the only other omakase shabu shabu restaurant in the world), there’s just one chef here, who swishes individual bites of high-quality meat in broth before she dips them into sauce and places them in front of you. But unlike Macoron, where the food tends to be more straightforward Japanese, Mayumon experiments with mashups from other cultures - like Spanish ajillo, Italian bagna cauda, and Vietnamese pho. It’ll cost you $128 (before tip, tax, or drinks), but Shabushabu Mayumon is worth its price tag, especially if you want to celebrate with a lot of red meat in a setting that couldn’t be more different from a steakhouse.
More spots in Lower East SideSee more
if you just want to drink a good beer and have a conversation without having to shout on the Lower East Side, try Marshall Stack.
Hotel Chantelle is where you go when it's your 21st birthday and you need to dance because your internship is totally stressing you out.
Sons of Essex
This restaurant, Sons of Essex, is a damn near facsimile of Beauty & Essex, not necessarily in decor, but certainly in purpose. The idea here is exactly the same: Come looking good and looking to get wasted, and maybe have some food.
More Japanese spotsSee more
Llama San is a Nikkei restaurant in the West Village from the people behind Llama Inn. It’s pricey, but the food is incredibly delicious.
An underground izakaya on 35th Street best used for drunk nights after a show at Madison Square Garden.
Suggested by our writers
Shuko, an unmarked Japanese spot near Union Square, is our favorite omakase experience in NYC.
Sushi By M
Sushi By M is a no-frills spot in the East Village where you sit at a counter and eat an excellent 10-piece sushi omakase for $50.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more