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Posted by keef on 08/15/2008
I ate here last week and I'm going back tonight. Had the crab and pork dumplings, a whole yellow fish and pan fried noodles with seafood (I had never had noodles prepared this way and they were wonderful) and it was all excellent. The place is really busy and there's lots of hustle and bustle on the weekends but the food is great. I walked out with that glum feeling of satisfaction after a particularly tasty meal. Definitely as good as the hype. I would try to go with a large group so that you can sample more dishes.
Posted by UES on 08/12/2008
Title says it all - basic chinese fare, and ton of tourists and no real reason to wait on line. Soup dumplings are good, but not worth the hype.
Posted by Andy on 07/24/2008
This place is in China town and allegedly a "hot spot." Yeah I was fooled for that. Service was subpar and the food was worse. I can not believe I was dragged into going to this place by a guy from work who said "it was the BEST place in China town." Now we dont even let him pick the local subway.
Posted by Roger Miller on 07/18/2008
I have lived in New York now going on 2 years and have used this site religiously for restaurants and this is only the second review I have decided to post. Joe's soup dumplings are worth changing your religion for!!! They are fantastic. The pork soup dumplings are sublime. I have taken each out of town guest to get dumplings there, nothing else, just dumplings. The other food there is fine we ordered some green beans and bok choy sides that were fantastic. Everyone leaves with a blissful sense of joy when leaving Joe's. Service...what service. They want you to eat and leave...and when I am there that is all I want to do. If you want the four seasons then go eat there, I'm there for the dumplings! We got three orders of dumplings (8 per order) for around $15...that is an absolute steal. Atmosphere...well they do have a fish tank...does that count? All in all wait in the long line get the dumplings and thank me later!
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.