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Posted by Jenny on 08/18/2006
Although I live right across from Joe's Shanghai, I never ate there once. My friend told me that it was supposed to be the absolute best restaurant in Chinatown. She said that they had the best soup dumplings and it all tasted delicious. I also read many reviews about it saying that it was wonderful. The food, the service, and the whole experience was supposed to be great. Ha! That's what I say. The truth is that Joe's Shanghai has been running solely on it's reputation. I decided to eat there just to see what all the hype was about. I ended up waiting about an hour just to end up sittin. It felt claustrophobic sitting in that space with so many other people. Of course I ordered the soup dumplings but i didnt like the crab. My friend said it was fine. Anyhow, I did have one dish that was okay to say the most. I felt that the fish was overcooked. After that meal, well more like appetizer I headed across the street to another restaurant and had (another) extremely delicious meal. Truth be told, Joe's Shanghai, does not live up to all it's hype.
Posted by Justin on 07/19/2006
I come here when I'm taking people to the city or when I have money (otherwise I go to New Green Bo where the food is a TINY bit cheaper.) The tiny buns are absolutely amazing here. They're a must have. I've turned reluctant Jews and Muslims into pork eaters at this place. The food is great overall. Good scallion pancakes, good double cooked pork, great bean curd dishes, etc. The price on beers can be a bit steep (in my cheap opinion), but I try to keep my meals under 10 dollars for dinner. The service is OK. As long as my tea pot is full then I'm happy. Recently it took me nearly 10 minutes to get my pot refilled and I was a little bit annoyed. So what if I go through 5 pots in a meal?
Posted by lolinad on 07/18/2006
You gotta hit this place. i've been going for years and bringing friends from nyc and visitors. the soup dumplings and scallion pancakes. get stuffed and you're still under $10 per person with a beer. gotta love the atmosphere...family style with strangers at your table. the locals are much more comfortable slurping out the soup before throwing down on the dumplings. enjoy!
Posted by SINY_GRL on 05/12/2006
... but that's ok, cuz the food is amazing. This is my favorite chinese place in NYC. Best General Tso chicken in the city.
Posted by Nate on 04/26/2006
I have always like Joe's and have taken dozens of friends and family there and everyone always enjoys the meal and loves the crab and pork dumplings. But I always wondered what an actual Chinese person would think. Several native Chinese had told me that the food was "no good" and "too expensive." When I started dating my new girlfriend, who is Chinese, she didn't want to go because people told her the place is "no good." Eventually she relented. We ordered the crab/pork dumplings, the Shanghai style noodles, and a Chinese vegetable dish that is not on the menu. Guess what, like many Americans before her, she forced me to take her back the next day. This time we got two orders of soup dumplings. I guess that makes the tastiness confirmed with authority.
Posted by victoria on 01/09/2006
The food here is great, especially the shrimp crispy noodles which i would recommend. but the only thing that i didn't like was the service that they gave to me and my friend. We ordered about 2 dishes and they came around our table only 2 times. It was a pain just to ask for a glass of water (even though the restaurant was almost empty at the time that we went) and they were busy talking to each other.
Posted by Ken on 08/21/2005
As soon as you're seated, a waiter comes by and asks you if you'd like an order of soup dumplings.. just say yes! The soup dumplings are the best I've ever tried. I recommend that you order the crab and pork soup dumplings rather than the plain pork soup dumplings, the price is about $2 higher but once you taste the difference, you'll know where the extra $2 went. The scenery isn't that great and sometimes it gets a bit overpacked.. so packed that you could be waiting 30 minutes outside or share a table with complete strangers. But other than that, I find it worth the wait.