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Dec 21, 2009 03:59 PM

I need a Cheap sha bu shabu place/hotpot restaurant...

Why those places cost so much I don't get it... Anyone know where i can get some for under 15$ besides east buffet?

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  1. I haven't personally been, but Suki Thai Shabu Shabu at 61st and Woodside got some positive buzz here and on Yelp. Might be worth checking out, especially given your username.

    1. Mynnis Shabu Shabu in Flushing. Individual Shabu pots and runs around 10-15/person without tip. It is not a buffet. You pick the kind of meat you want and meal comes with a plate of vegetables and fish cakes.

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      1. re: ammel_99

        Mynnis is now closed for renovations and won't reopen until September. Went by ther this weekend and they had signs posted stating they would close for renovations starting May 10. I justed started going here and was really liking this place.

      2. I was in the mood a couple of weeks back and struggling with same question. Only places I could think of, neither of which wowed me, were Quickly (Chinatown) and Little Fat Lamb (Main St., Flushing)

        1. I go to Fire Ice Land on 40th Road for personal size shabu shabu. Their beef set is $10.95 and the meat is fresh and marbled with the right amount of fat. They have all kinds of meat and seafood sets, along with a variety of stocks you can choose from. Each set comes with assorted vegetables, fishballs, etc. Their sauce bar is pretty good. I think it's much better than Mynni's and the space is more comfortable. This is my favorite for personal shabu shabu in the city. Little Fat Lamb s good if you go in a group of 4+ and it can get more expensive but it's also very tasty. BTW, Fire Ice Land has the best Taiwanese shaved ice so save some room for that for dessert.

          Ice Fire Land
          135-11 40th Rd, Queens, NY 11354

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          1. re: wadawada

            best shave ice? really? I had it, it was okay. I mean, nothing comes close to good taiwanese shave ice in flushing, which is really sad, except for Koryodang's patbingsu. And, I ramble on and on nostalgically about Fortune Gourmet which was the best when it was open. any other good tips on contenders? it's just about the right season!

            156-40 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

            1. re: bigjeff

              Agree with you on Fortune Gourmet; I miss their ice and the stinky tofu (but I found a replacement for that at Red Chopstick).
              Another shaved ice contender is Yi Jia on Kissena Blvd. It's a big bowl for about ~$5. A bit of a trek from downtown Flushing.
              The worst I've had is the one in Flushing mall -- the ice was coarse and the toppings were not good.

              Red Chopstick
              136-17 41st Ave, Queens, NY 11355

              1. re: wadawada

                Yi Jia has a great texture on their ice, but I thought their topics were so-so. they said they just do a "ba-bao" but it was just all of their toppings, a scoop each, and not particularly well thought out; no cui-yuan either! but great ice, and overall, good.

                anyone try the paris baguette patbingsu btw? it looks good, not sure how it compares to koryodang's.

          2. Went to a place in the basement of the Golden Shopping Mall with some Chinese folks that I enjoyed. All you can eat for $15. And it was BYOB.

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            1. re: Mr Porkchop

              this place is at the far end of the mall? didn't know it was AYCE, good tip.

              1. re: bigjeff

                There is a cheap Chinese owned shabu shabu in Brooklyn's Chinatown on 61st street between eight and seventh avenues--around the corner from the huge Chinese restaurant on eight avenue that seems to change ownership and its name every week.

                  1. re: Puppimus

                    Yes I like it. Its not great but it is fun. Here are some reviews: