I tried to get into Wong tonite , and waited for a half hour and nothing opened up. i have to say the pork belly looked great and so did the lobster, and the duck tongue appetizer. I left there and saw Old Town Hot Pot on the west side of 7th Ave, in a tiny building. I have passed there before but never ate there. The waiter/mgr/cashier was extremely helpful , friendly and courteous.
There was a choice of chicken broth , clear broth , or spicy. I had the chicken broth. The burners were a modern type with no flames shooting out. it came with a big bowl of veggies, including 2 types of mushrooms, bok choy, corn on cob, carrot, ginger, bamboo shoots, potato, cabbage, spinach, crab legs, and rice noodles. I also ordered the rib eye to add to the hot boiling broth. They offer fish ball, shrimp , beef tripe, chicken and maybe a couple of other choices. you get sesame sauce on the side for dipping they have a few other sauces too. I also got Hoisin sauce. I ordered a scallion pancake as well. The veggies were very fresh and served on ice. The meat was of good quality. I have had hot pots (Huo Guo)before in Taiwanese restaurants in Flushing, In Flushing you got a much larger assortiment of things to put in the broth. But, I don't see much Hot Pot places in NY, i think there are some shabu shabu japanese hot pot ,but I don't remember any good ones. Old Town Hot Pot worked out well for me. It was cold out and this was the perfect food for me. I'm not sure how authentic it was, but the people working there , were Chinese and did not speak great English, if that means anything.
I am curious to get thoughts of those who are familiar with this food to see how this place rates with you.
Address is 70 7th ave South
Old Town Hot Pot
70 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014