Japanese >Quickly Shabu Shabu
237B Grand St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.718309 -73.994606
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Chinatown, Bowery
Cheap Shabu – This review is for the dining experience, not for their bubble tea. I heard from a friend that Quickly serves personal serving of shabu shabu so I ventured there with my boyfriend.
First of all, the tables were all kind of dirty. It was toward the end of their business hours so I guess they didn't bother to wipe their tables clean or refill the hot pot dipping.
I ordered the spicy hot pot with beef and he got the prime rib with chicken broth. they gave you good portion of food. The meat that comes with it is alright. nothing special. I really think my broth is a little disturbing. When it came, it was a clear pot of water with a solid brick of apparently spicy soup base. I mean seriously, they need to at least dissolve that soup broth base before serving to me. And of course, I know by then it is not fresh broth; it comes from a package.
When they brought over our pots, they didn't even turn on our stoves for us. So we sat there wondering why the water hasn't boiled yet. I had to ask them if they were on so they came to turn them on for us.
Overall, I think it is just OK. If you want cheap individual hot pot and don't mind the lack of service and sanitation, this will be the spot to go.
Okay bubble tea – The drinks here are set for the American who thinks they are Asian. They are mediocre and the bubbles are pretty bad and frozen most of the time. The hot drinks are great.
This is not a great place for slushes, everything is pre-made. When you go to 7/11, the slushes are constantly spun to ensure that they would not freeze. At Quickly's, they are just held in containers, and they sit there all the time, just getting colder and when you drink, you are just drinking chunks of ice, not slushies. The area for bubble tea is also very cramped and filled with people who just like to stand there for half an hour decided what to drink.
There are better places you can go for the same price. If you aren't left with much of an option, are very tired and do not want to walk very far, Quickly's is the best.
Favorite Shabu Shabu in NYC! – I go to this place as often as I can. The prices are reasonable, the service is quick, and the food is just great. Since Happy Shabu Shabu closed, I think this place has the most well-stocked sauce/seasonings bar in the city (if you want raw egg you have to ask, but it's free). There can be a wait at times but it's so worth it! I can't say enough good things about it. The only bummer is that recently they have started charging for broth flavoring (japanese or korean) whereas before it was free. I guess too many people (like me) ordered it and just ate the kimchi by itself. I've also been to the Quickly in Flushing and it's just as good and a bigger space.
After doing shabu shabu for several years, I've come to realize that the meat/poultry options are the best...seafood is just too prone to overcooking in this temperature broth. You can order some seafood options a la cart but I wouldn't recommend it.
Overall - if you know and like shabu shabu, this place is for you.
AMAZING... but busy! – The food here is great and the shabu shabu is a pretty good deal with your free drink! The only problem is the restaurant is TINY, so you need to come at an off-peak time.
Loved It – My friend and I went last night after reading all the reviews. I am so glad I tried it. I'd been going to another shabu shabu place in chinatown, but that closed down, so I haven't been for a while. This place is fairly priced, though if you eat a lot, beware, this is not the place for large appetites. The meals start at 12.95 for an assortment of veggies,a couple slices of meat, and noodles, and included in the meal is a bobba drink. The expensive part comes if you order additional sides such as meat or vegetables, as those plates aren't that small, and the prices do add up. I do like this place, its clean, the food is fresh, and presentation is nice. The place is small, despite having both an upstairs and downstairs, and tables don't open up quickly, so be ready for a wait if there are no tables. Overall, definitely would go back.
shabu at its best – really fresh food. good for vegetarians too, because you can boil your own little thing of soup instead of the traditional sharing between one entire table and having your food swim in meat. pretty good service and great deal too.
Always satisfying and delicious! – I've been here quite a few times and have always enjoyed the experience. Hip decor, fresh ingredients, great presentation and very friendly staff. They have a vegetarian plate as well as various meat and seafood platters to satisfy all kinds of palates. For spice fiends, I'd recommend the "ma-la" broth for your hotpot. The faint of heart should stick to the vegetarian or dashi broth that they serve, which is very tasty. What I enjoy most is that I can mix my own sauce from their condiments bar (fresh garlic, scallions, cilantro, sesame oil, soy sauce, sha cha sauce, etc.) And to top it off, free bubble tea -- of which the pudding bubble tea simply rocks!
This is a great place to entertain out-of-town guests. I brought some of my guests here once and they were really impressed by the entire experience.
I love this place – I am crazy about shabu shabu. Unfortunately, it's not that popular here as it is in asia. The few Shabu Shabu Restaurants you can find are quite expensive. This is by far the best Shabu Shabu I have in the city. The food is fresh and broth is tasty. I also love the bubble tea it comes with. There are a lot of different flavors. Yummy.....
Best restaurant found in chinatown, NY – I love Shabu Shabu and I found that Quickly Shabu Shabu is the best place to go in the city. The foods are very fresh and tasty. The restaurant is very clean compare to other chinese restaurants in Chinatown. Friendly services, plus, it's very economical, you will get a free bubble tea with the meal. I have to say that the bubble tea is fabulously good taste. I do recommand this restaurant for anyone who loves Shabu Shabu and bubble tea or anyone who likes to try out something new.
Who Says You Can't Have Shabu Shabu In Summer!? – Quickly is a chain known for its bubble tea in Taiwan, but its franchisee in New York was smart enough to add a shabu shabu (hotpot) offering to counter the seasonal nature of the bubble tea business. Even though it's more common to have shabu shabu during fall/winter (colder days), you can enjoy shabu shabu in the summer as long as there is strong air-conditioning (this place sure has that) or cold/rainy weather (like what we have experienced throughout the month of August here in New York).
Quickly is a hidden gem located in NYC's Chinatown. All the vegetables, meat and seafood used here are fresh and of top quality. The tasty sauces that you can use to dip your food in also come in varied kind. I highly recommend ordering the set platters from the menu and adding any side dishes your heart so desires. For those who want to veer off the healthy eating regime, you should also try its snack portioned crispy fried chicken (seasoned with varied kinds of herbs to bring out the most savory taste), and then down your food with a great variety of beverages offered here. Quickly is famous for its bubble teas (tea with tapioca in it) and my personal favorite here is the honey and aloe drink. It's really refreshing especially in the summer time. The restaurant is a great place for small/big group dining. The portion here is generous, the service is efficient and pleasant, and the cost is so reasonable that there is money left afterwards for some knock-off handbag shopping on Canal street.
For those who don't like coming to Manhattan, there is also a Quickly located in Flushing, New York.
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