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456 Shanghai Cuisine
Posted by kublaikhan on 09/11/2014
Though excelling in quality of ingredients and preparation, service, decor and price the unlooked for things are important as well. The freshness and flavor of the Chinese mushrooms, the actual presence of coriander seeds in the spicy cabbage or the perfect balance of ingredients in the Shanghai lo mein make this place a delight to visit.
Posted by elaina on 05/21/2012
Fabulous tasting food, very reasonable in price.
Posted by JS on 12/09/2011
After reading review on NYmag I ventured here for lunch. #1, I had to ask waiter for a glass of cold water. #2 he never came to refill the water #3 waiter was not friendly and did not come over to ask how food is (is this just a a western custom) #4 food was lukewarm. The sauce was very good, it just was not hot.
Posted by Indesign on 10/13/2011
Went here based on the NY Times review last month and took my Chinese co-worker who grew up in Chinatown to see her awe and amazement at the great Chinese restaurant I discovered. The only awe and amazement we experienced was how disappointing the food was. We ordered juicy pork buns, which while the best of what we ordered could more be described as the best of the worst. The broth lacked flavor and body and came out tepid. I’m use to coming away from my experiences with these buns suffering some degree of burns in my mouth because I can’t wait to eat them. I had to eat these quickly so they wouldn’t congeal again. There was nothing tiny about the fried tiny pork buns, unless you say the pork filling was tiny compared to the doughy outside. My friend said they were the biggest she's seen. This rendered them bland and uninteresting. Then the last and the least was the bowl of cold sesame noodles. The bowl probably would have had more flavor. However, my addition of chili paste and salt rendered the dish spicy and salty. I was embarrassed to suggested this place. Thankfully it was cheap. My friend said afterwards that she knew the place was trouble from the start because there were so many Caucasians eating there. I’m Caucasian so I’m thinking we all read the same review.
Posted by frank on 07/27/2011
I was told this was in the area from the 60's. It was always in the family and now the business was handed down to a new generation of charming folks. The Food: let it be said that I have been eating this type of food since before electricity and since yesterday I have never had such a scrumptious meal. Twice Cooked Pork($5.75Lunch )with soup of the day-egg drop (exc)& white rice was so good I cleaned the plate dry...I have never seen such large succulent shitake mushrooms in my life. The ingredients were exc and bountiful and not skimpy either. Tea was hot and the rice was just right. The Service: forgive me but the place was so packed and the lunch line was out the door (on a Tues) that the tone was a bit rushed and stern and nervous and the water had to be asked for 3X but besides that it was fine. Hey, it's Chinatown---wall to wall tourists and office workers out to lunch..whadddya expect....? Check the lunch menu above and go and enjoy.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/23/2011
Of the 17 Dim Sum offerings, we tried 5 of them and just had to return to eat them again! 1: Wonton in Spicy Flavor w/ Peanut Sauce. 2: Scallion Pancake w/ Egg & Beef. 3. Steamed Crabmeat & Pork Buns. 4: Pan Fried Pork Dumplings. 5: Spring Rolls. From the "Chef's Specials", we ordered the Sizzling Chilean Sea Bass which was Excellent! The portions were quite generous and the value was excellent!