This is my all-time favorite!
Remember to make a reservation in advance.
Small space but delicious food！
Recommended dishes：Tonton Hotpot、Green Tea Tofu
Not for everyone, but even conservative eaters can find a few items to enjoy. We went weird, and were thrilled with veal liver sashimi, kampachi, pigs foot in two different preparations, garlic spinach fried rice, uni, scallop and shiso leaf, and a lovely light scallion/pork egg omelet to finish. Shochu works perfectly as the beverage of choice. We were the only occidentals in the place, as it was full with young Asian women enjoying hot pots. Service was kind and accommodating. Can’t wait to go back.
It's best to do some research before going. The menu is very specific and collagen heavy (the cuisine is from the island of Kyushu). The soups contain collagen which is very healthy - but know what you are doing - or just go in and order the most popular hot pot and the kanpachi sashimi (feeds 2 really well). You will then have a better idea of what to do next time, but I would go back and order the same 2 things again in an instant.
The food here is very delicious. You can taste the original flavor of the food. It is a perfect place after you have drunk in the night. Strong recommended.
The food is great and the waiters are so kind.
OMG, I definitely will come back. It was delicious, reasonable and services were awesome. All of stuff are so friendly and helpful.
I was born in south part of Japan. I'm familiar with those food. I didn't expect I can get this kind of food in NY. Totally recommend it.
Ambiance is very Japanese style, but a little compact. Service is very nice and some food is awesome too. The hotpot was a little so so to me.
Great service and absolute great food!! Can't wait to go back next time!!
Quite honestly, I have been there twice. This recent time I was disappointed in the meat and vegetable portions (very light for the price) but mostly in the quality of the meats for the shabu shabu hot pot. Also, when customers order multiple meats (pork belly and rib eye), a separate hot pot should be used to not mix the different broths. The assumptionthat folks don't know this is not okay.
The waitress was a little rude to my group when we ordered. We were a group of three non-Asians and she assumed we knew nothing about the menu. When I ordered MOTSU NABE she looked at me as if there was no way I could eat that and said YOU KNOW THAT IS PIG INTESTINES. Then I ordered
the OKONOMIYAKI with TONSOKU. She replied NO THE OKONOMIYAKI DOESNT HAVE TONSOKU.
Well actually it does...
She was quite abrasive and it made for an uncomfortable moment. I didn’t like being treated as if I were an idiot when I was about to drop $150 for dinner.
The food and service are both satisfied.
One tip for ordering Hakata Hotpot: If you also order other dishes, you may reduce the number of orders for the hotpot. Tonight we three ordered one garlic fried rice, one grilled pig feet as well as three orders of hotpot, which turned to be too much for us in the end.
They are different from two years ago. Food is still good. Service and reservation management is so messy. They used to be a tip free restaurant but it has been changed too. Not sure if I will visit again
Although space is very limited, food is amazing. Not only its specialty, Motsu Hot Pot but also all the hot and cold plates are so delicious.
Food was good, but over-priced. I ordered extra meat and got 6 pieces of extremely thin meat at $1 dollar for hot pot. They were initially rude but got better at the end.
Had their house made avocado tofu (nice!) pig foot (way too fatty but nice skin where grilled crisp) and veg (forget which one but I think kale) fried rice (delicious! but low veg quotient). Hot pot minimum is two orders. Need to go back to try hot pot!
The hot pot is excellent. warming, healthy, and fun to cook at the table. service was helpful. a young Asian crowd. would definitely go back. a fun place to go with friends. best to reserve ahead.
It was fantastic!!!!!!!
The day we went there was an heavy snow day. We arrived there on time and at that moment there is only one people being seated in the whole restaurant. At this situation, the host still make us walked to other location with no reason. Even this request was ridiculous but there is no time for us to change to other restaurant we still walked to the other location. The host at the other location didn’t even help us hand out coats. It was the worst restaurant experience I have ever had. The service make me wonder why they still open. This restaurant should just shut down and teach each staff how to serve their customers.
I've been coming here on and off for years - especially in winter. Food was great as usual, but the service seems to have dropped. The courtesy expected from a Japanese establishment was missing this time. The head waitress seems to be training the others on the floor, but our waitress was extremely condescending even though she seems to be the one with communication difficulties.
Great food and service
The service was really bad, they even don’t allow to wait inside
Make sure to get a reservation here if you decide to go! The food was very good and our waiter was very nice, but everything besides the actual hotpot is TINY. All of the apps and entrees are very good but basically 2 bites of food. The hotpot is definitely your best bet.
Very chaotic outside when waiting for the waitresses to take our names, even with reservations the process wasn’t any faster...
Reservation was at 5:30, didn’t get seated until 5:45, waitress didn’t offer us the menu for another ten minutes. We got our food at 6:40... Seems like all the waiters are busy with something even though in the beginning the place wasn’t busy at all...?
Grilled pork feet is yummy! Hot pot is also very good. They have a list of Sake to choose.
The broth of the signature hot pot was so authentic and so tasty that we didn't leave any. A little bit pricy tho.
Worse service ever. Had to ask multiple times for water and tea. And it was on a Monday night which wasn't too busy.
Food was really good if you like meat!
I'd say a little overpriced tho
We wait for almost an hour to get our food but the restaurant it’s noy busy at all
Food was not as good as before, heard the chef left, maybe that's true. The waitress seems having a cold, keep using her hands wiping her nose which made me a little unformortable letting her handle my food.
I love their food its so warm and delicious on the cold Saturday! Enjoy everyone!
We loved it! Will return for sure. Inventive, authentic menu with many choices. Enjoyed the gyoza and black sesame ice cream. Pork belly, not so much. Informal, friendly atmosphere, but seated next to a rowdy group made the noise level uncomfortable.
I've lived in the West Village for 23 years now and tried every Japanese place in the neighborhood (except for Sushi Nakazawa).
This was my second time for dinner and the sushi and desserts are positively amazing, particularly the mochi and black sesame ice cream. For appetizer we tried the seaweed salad, which we both normally love but this one had too strong of a taste and one of the particular kinds of seaweed just wasn't as tasty as the others so we ate around it. For sushi we had the scallop and ikura roll and the yellow tail. For hot food, we ordered the pork belly with sweet sauce, which was delicious (but a little difficult to eat as the pieces were so big) and the black cod which was the most amazing piece of cooked fish I've ever had.
As for seating, the first time we went we were seated in the main dining room at the bar, which was really comfortable and as there was always someone behind the bar it was easy to get a server's attention; it is a bit crowded though and you have to squeeze between the tables. The second time we went we were seated in the dining room around the corner which has more room and more tables but less ambiance. I don't know if it was just the particular night we were there and there just weren't enough servers, but the wait staff was relatively unattentive (as compared to the first visit) despite seeming constantly busy. Plus, each time a new group arrived they were seated in our section, despite all the other empty tables in the middle on and on the opposite side, which left us feeling a bit over-crowded.
I plan to always come back here when I'm craving sushi as it is by far the best sushi in the neighborhood, is very casual, has great desserts, and is a great value considering the quality and quantity of the food.
Always a favorite. Love all their appetizers and come frequently for the muscat soda too. I wish it was always hot pot season so I could come weekly. It's just a bit small and hard to get a seat. Book early!
The food was absolutely delicious. I loved the grilled pork feet, sashimi, the liver sushi. The desert was amazing!!! Best dessert I have had compared to many other brilliant places in New York. I would definitely recommend to friends. The hot pot was not bad though wasn't the best among all the great food they had.
good service and excellent food
All of the food was excellent. The waiter was informative and dead-on with descriptions/recommendations. A small, informal place - seamless service - easy to converse - fantastic food. Hot pot lived up to high expectations, black cod and pork ribs both wonderful. Desserts were great (loved the tofu with green tea sauce). The three of us cleaned every plate.
They do the pork right! You won't disappoint from appetizers to desserts.