Recently opened Three Hot Pot & BBQ is NYC’s hottest new restaurant, and, inspired by the lunar landing, it’s taking guests on a truly otherworldly culinary journey.
Three Hot Pot & BBQ is one of NYC’s many Chinese hot pot restaurants, and it’s not exactly cheap, according to Eater. However, there are a few things that make it stand out from the oversaturated hot pot pool.
For one, the menu is a la carte, and ordering isn’t done with your server. Instead, you choose your dishes on the iPad waiting on your table, says Eater.
All the usual soup base suspects are offered–tomato, mushroom, pork bone, and red beef broth–and the pot can be split into two flavors if desired. But the fun part is the extras, which include everything from frog’s legs and tripe to goose intestines and baby octopus.
A suggested should-try if you’re looking for something unique, according to Eater, is the marbled beef which, priced at $48, is the restaurant’s most expensive dish
Shortly after adding your desired dishes to your cart and checking out–all on the iPad–your picks get served to you on trays.
As for preparing the food, that part is entirely up to you. And considering the hot pot is surrounded by a barbecue ring on the outside layer, you have options.
As for the ambience of the restaurant, that’s where the whole “otherworldly dining experience” comes in.
Eater equates it to that of Times Square’s now-shuttered science-fiction-themed restaurant Mars 2112. The infamous “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” quote shines bright in illuminated lettering, walls are speckled with gray craters resembling the moon, and in lieu of a chandelier there’s even an illuminated moon hanging from the ceiling.
Three Hot Pot & BBQ is located at 18 W 38th Street in Midtown. It’s open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., and is reportedly already drawing in waits for tables.
You can check them out on Instagram.