Hakata is a place that requires reservations, unless you're the uber lucky type. If you're interested in my first visit, take a look here.
So, jumping right into it. There were two items that I definitely wanted again and for the rest, it was fairly new.
|Kitaya Ai No Hime|
|Kitaya Ai No Hime (Beni)|
|Atlantic Salmon Carpaccio|
|Japanese Veal Liver Sashimi|
|Himi's Famous Homemade Gyoza|
Onto the main course.
We were too amazed by the massive pot placed in front of us that I totally forgot to take a photo of it before we ate it. The photo above (which was taken at my last visit) is very similar if not the same as what we had. We ordered the Hakata Ton Ton Hotpot for two, it consist of collagen broth, tofu, dumplings, vegetables, pork belly, and tonsoku (pig's feet). The broth is amazing, a lot better than last time. There was a lot more flavor and wasn't as salty. I can eat this all week long. One down side, we had to wait 20 minutes for the pot to boil so everything would be cooked, but it was so worth it!
We also ordered ramen to finish up the delicious broth, good thing this didn't take 20 minutes. It's just regular packaged ramen but it was the broth that made it oh-so-awesome.
I love the idea of hotpot and then putting in noodles afterwards to finish up the meal. I love noodles and this is like a happy ending gone totally right. Although, I do suggest going here in the winter since it does get a bit warm inside when you start boiling away.
Hakata Ton Ton
61 Grove St
New York, NY 10014