Hometown Hot Pot & BBQ
Hometown Hot Pot & BBQ
194 Grand St
New York, NY 10013
In Little Italy (close enough to Chinatown), there is a hot pot restaurant that has garnered quite some praise from Chinese friends of mine. Hometown Hot Pot and BBQ offers AYCE hot pot and bbq items (separately or together if desired). The place is huge. It may not look it from the initial walk in, but there is another whole dining area that is packed to capacity and seems to be on a nightly basis.
We were excited to try. We should have ordered the original broth so that we could try their special mix. However, we wanted to try new things and ended up getting Tomato Broth and the Kimchi flavor. The Tomato broth was nice and familiar as its just a sweeter broth with a milder tomato flavor. The kimchi flavor was meh. I'm not the biggest fan of kim chi, but I thought it had a bit of an odd taste. More meat for the tomato broth!
The sauce station they have is decent. They've got a wonderful mix of sauces, oils, pastes, and condiments you can choose. The idea is to create a mish-mash of items you like to create your perfect dipping sauce. They give you a dipping container or you can bring 4 different kinds in their multi-tiered platter.
Hot Pot Meats included lamb, beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, and more. The beef and lamb came in thin slices that cook in seconds with no issue. The chicken and pork were thicker cuts though that required so much time in the pot. I wish they were sliced thin as the cook time does vary. The shrimp were whole (head-on), which is great for those who like to suck on the head (giggity).
Other Hot Pot Items included a multitude of fish balls, veggies, fish, and noodles. The fish/meat balls were fresh and not frozen! Loved how quickly those fresh ones cook. The fish was tender and despite how thick they were, they still cooked rather quickly.
Service here was fantastic. They were quick with everything and the table was always cleared up and clean. The staff were always smiling too. The prices are pretty good and they have different options for hot pot and bbq. Nice variety of items to choose from and you can see why this is such a popular place.
Ambience: B+ | Service: A- | Price: B | Food: B+