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Posted by E&JLuvNYC on 07/15/2008
Ok, this place is what you expect from a typical Chinese restaurant in Chinatown... large round tables, cheesy Chinese decor, and servers that always rush you. However, the steamed buns/dumplings are phenomenal!!! They were the best that I have ever had in NYC's Chinatown. Don't expect it to be served quickly. I believe they make it fresh, so it does take time. Those dumplings were so juicy, and the outside dough was nice and light. I personally prefer to eat them with the hot chili sauce instead of the soy ginger mix. Yum!!! Definitely recommend going to Joe's to try the dumplings if nothing else.
Posted by desol81 on 06/25/2008
I think Joe's food is among the best in Chinatown. It seems that every packaged tour group coming into town believes this as well. So most nights of the week, there's a parade of polyester stretching halfway down the block. Once you get in, the polite but overworked staff wants you to order fast, eat fast, and leave, beause there's always someone else that's waiting for your table. Best bet to beat the crowds is to have your dinner earlier than you would ordinarily do.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/20/2008
The soup dumplings are incredible. Once you try them, you can't help but come back for more. The other food is typically delicious as well.
Posted by Patricia on 04/15/2008
I was overlooked for a while, when others were beings served because we were just there for the soup dumplings. We waited about 30 minutes when it wasnt that buisy.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/18/2008
I wish I had never been to eat this food. We had pork steamed buns - yuk and greasy.Lo mein was ordinary, think the mushrooms were tinned. Veggie fried noodles tasteless and gloopy.
Posted by ASL on 02/01/2008
I came here exclusively for the soup dumplings. I ordered the pork/crab combination. The dumplings had good flavor and I liked the broth. My issue is that I tasted no crab. I also ordered the salt and pepper shrimp. The portion was very nice, but I found the dish to be heavy and greasy. They lacked flavor as the fried dough around the shrimp overtook the dish. Worst of all, they did not devein the shrimp. I assume the high rating this place gets is because it performs better on other dishes.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/02/2007
I lived in NYC for 4 years. I discovered Joes early on. I became such a fan instantly and visited there at least twice a month. Their pork steamed dumplings are to die for and now that I live in LA all I can think about is eating those again. I also love their Fried Rice. Everything I have had there is great and I am jealous of anyone that is able to go eat there. I hightly hightly recommend Joes!