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Posted by madeleine on 07/23/2007
How does Joe's Shanghai not have a better review on Menupages? I've eaten at Joe's well over a hundred times, and I've been to all of the different locations. The soup dumplings are literally the BEST of all of the Chinese places offering them. Same with the scallion pancakes. If you're friendly with your waiter, he's sure to offer you dishes that aren't really on the menu, like special whole fishes and Chinese greens in garlic sauce... Anyone who hasn't been to Joe's yet really needs to rush down there and give it a try!
Posted by katie on 04/24/2007
Yes i agree its a little crowded in there, but communal tables are very authentically asain. For the price you pay, which is very very affordable, you shouldn't expect waterfalls and fine china. For those of you who complain about the food, maybe you just aren't ordering the right things. Also, yes the waiters are a little grouchy but considering its packed from dawn to dusk and they have to deal with tourists and foreigners all day, anyone who's ever been a waiter will understand their aggitation. So be patient and enjoy the food. I'm chinese and i've been going to fine asain restaurants in the usa and china all my life. The food here is authentic. So if you plan on ordering chicken and broccoli dont expect it to be the same crap you get at the local take-out place. If you are not used to it, too bad. Their fish and beef are always tender, the soup dumplings very tasty, their jellyfish appetizer light and wonderful (although some may not perfer it). I also recomment the 'seafood crookpot' which i'm not sure if its on the menu, but is wonderful!!. Full of huge scallops, shrimp, crab meat, vegtables and tofu. Its so big i always bring leftovers home enough for 2 days. SO if you appreciate authentic food, or aren't affraid of trying something new, go here, and enjoy but please please do not go order fried rice and chicken wings....
Posted by jeff on 03/06/2007
I have been bringing friends to joes for years and i hae to say each time has goten worse. The crab and pork buns have gotten stale and not worth the trek down town, however when your done and see how cheeap the bill is it makes you come back
Posted by Ernest M. Skinner on 01/25/2007
I went here for the soup dumplings, and since I live in Chinatown, I can safely say that they are FAR less accomplished than many others that one can get. One can also summon one's self esteem and not be mistreated by waiters in a noisy, over-crowded, rushed atmosphere. Maybe tourists are willing to be treated poorly for average food in an unpleasant atmosphere, but not this diner.
Posted by NYAsian on 10/25/2006
When you go to eat in Chinatown, make sure the place is packed with Chinese people. Then you know you are getting good food that the Chinese people will eat themselves. Sure, Joe makes good soup buns, but who wants it when the wait staff is more sour than the black vinegar sauce for the soup buns. Noodles? do they even bother to boil it first before serve it? This chain and it's staff has become so smug because everyone lists them as the "Must taste" in Chinatown. "Must avoid" is more like it.
Posted by not a lame tourist on 10/16/2006
i never understand why tourists order stupid crap at chinese resturants like fried rice, or lo mein, the place is known for soup dumplings, it makes great soup dumplings! It's like going to a steak house and not ordering steak! the food comes out fast and efficiently. A noisey and bustling place to eat. affordable and comfortable atmosphere, much nicer than its uptown counterpart.
Posted by bert on 08/27/2006
Though we arrived at 11 AM, the waiter was impatient with us for taking too long to order, especially when we told him we were not interested in the soup dumplings. The shrimp in the "Sauteed Shrimp and Hunan Pork" were not prepared well. The rest of the meal was adequate.