KPOT coming to Wappinger, Newburgh; see what the restaurant offers
The Mid Hudson Valley will soon have a new all-you-can-eat option, with a unique concept and multiple locations.
KPOT, a small Korean barbecue and Asian hot pot chain, plans to open at Wappinger Plaza on Route 9 and Newburgh Mall on Route 300.
In Wappinger, KPOT will become the latest restaurant to fill a storefront that for years housed the Hometown Buffet and, until about a year ago, the Chen Young Chinese Buffet. Scott Meshil, of retail brokerage Royal Properties, confirmed that KPOT had recently signed a lease on site and that the company is in the process of designing the interior to apply for the appropriate permits from the city.
Representatives of the Newburgh Mall could not immediately say where KPOT will be moving to its premises, although its address is listed on the KPOT website. KPOT representatives also did not respond to inquiries.
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It’s unclear when either location would be ready to open, which isn’t unique to the chain. Founded in 2018 and based in Flushing, KPOT has only six locations open across the country — all in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland — but 29 listed on its website as “coming soon.” This includes places as far west as Utah and as far south as Florida. In addition to the two Mid Hudson spots, KPOT also plans to open a location in Westbury on Long Island.
However, the six existing restaurants offer a glimpse of what diners can expect. And while this is technically an all-you-can-eat Asian restaurant, it seems to deviate from the traditional Chinese buffet.
How KPOT works
An experiential restaurant, KPOT mixes elements of hibachi and hot pot meals, and offers both Korean barbecue and Asian hot pot options. The cooking is done at the table; there are no buffet lines and communal food platters.
The center of each table features a circular grill on which diners cook their own meats, seafood and vegetables, mixing various spices and sauces. Meats range from beef bulgogi and short ribs to garlic chicken and pork belly; seafood ranging from calamari and prawns to spicy tuna and baby octopus; and vegetables ranging from eggplant and sweet potato to shiitake mushrooms and pumpkin.
Each seat at the table includes a burner on which a pot of Asian soup — there are seven flavors — simmers throughout the meal. The dishes diners can order to cook into the soup are a long list including:
- Sliced meats
- crab meat
- Quail eggs
- Lobster meatballs
- fish balls
- bean curd
- black mushroom
- And other rare and common foods
According to its website, “KPOT is for both food adventurers and social eaters. It’s about sampling global spices and seasonings while feeling a sense of community.”
According to its online menu, dishes are ordered by table and each dining experience is limited to two hours. Prices were not listed on its general menu, but prices listed at its Philadelphia establishments included $18.99 per adult for lunch and $28.99 for dinner, choosing either Korean barbecue or hot pot, and $5 extra to choose both. Prices for children have been reduced.
In addition to the food, which the website says can be enjoyed by any size group, from two to 20 people, KPOT says it offers a “nightlife atmosphere” with a full bar.