From the Times's Mark Bittman: THERE is no more communal dish than hot pot, which goes by various names, like horhog (Mongolia), huoguo (China) and shabu shabu (Japan). You cut up some meat and vegetables, set a heated pot in the center of the table, fill it with seasoned water or stock and let your guests take over.
Diners dip the ingredients in the liquid, fish them out, run them through a little sauce or condiment of their choice and eat. The process is long, leisurely and enjoyable. (It's also one that will stain your tablecloth.) When the solid foods have been eaten, you drink the broth.
The paper's Ruth Reichl rated this restaurant "[t]he best Sichuan food in Chinatown...served in a spartan storefront setting."
Meetup: 6:45 P.M.
Seating: 7:00 P.M.
Format: This will be a family-style dinner. Members will share Chinese hot pot and split the cost of food, tax and the tip. Members will pay for drinks individually. Those Members who want to do so will go the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for dessert afterward.
Note: This Meetup is intended for the more adventurous Pepperhead. Attendees will be willing to order and sample some of the more offbeat items (organ meats, different cuts, fattier meats, etc.) on the hot pot menu. The Organizer blames Jack for introducing him to tripe several months ago, and launching him on this culinary journey....
Additional details will follow.