Best hot pot for newbies?
A group of 4-6 of us are thinking about having hot pot some time next week. We're pretty adventurous eaters and Sichuan-savvy, but are hot pot novices. What's the best place for us to get an introduction and a little guidance? I've read good things on the board about Legend and Szechuan Gourmet's hot pot, which one might be a little more accommodating to novices? Any other suggestions in Midtown and below?
Also, I'm assuming given the size of our group, we'd need to make a reservation. Do any of these places allow you to reserve hot pot on the later side, say, 8:30 or 9 p.m.?
Szechuan Gourmet closes around 9pm so I don't think they would work for you. Also they don't have a menu in English. You need to converse with the server and tell them what you want and don't want. Service can be brusque.
I would choose Legend instead. Especially because the staff is very friendly, and you have a bigger group. And they take reservations.
Hou Yi is very newbie friendly (printed menu with translations) but doesn't take reservations.