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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.
Posted by pearline on 08/05/2005
If you have tried the pork (soup) dumpling at Din Tai Fung dumpling house in Arcadia, CA and hoping to find similar ones in NY and came to try Joe's Shanghai (since they are famous for their soup dumplings), You will be disappointed. But the dumplings here are bigger and cheaper, but who cares if it's not nearly half as good! The other food we ordered weren't that great either. Scallion pancake was too moist; Vegetarian Duck was very average. The best dish I had there was their shredded turnip shortcakes. But to be fair, the Shrimp Lo Mein the people next to us ordered did look pretty good. Pan fried noodles are not the same as the typical pan friend noodles in cantonese restaurant if that's what you're hoping for.
Posted by Chinese Food Connoisseur on 06/08/2005
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Chinatown. The pan-fried noodles and soup dumplings are simply amazing. Don't get americanized Chinese food here! My friend ordered the chicken fried rice and it was subpar. If you stick to more traditional Chinese dishes, you can't go wrong. So go and order something that sounds good but you may not ordinarily try, you won't be disappointed!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/26/2005
I am from Shanghai and I know what to order. You won't get a taste of authentic Shanghai dishes if you stick to their low-end dishes (noodles stuff, the usual American Chinese food). The soup dumpling is good but not supreme. My recommendation would be the sea bass and the crispy duck (over $20 I think). For cold dish, try wine chicken. You might not like these dishes, but they are genuine Shanghaiese...
Posted by Anonymous on 01/21/2005
Took my sister and brother-in-law here recently. It was our first time too. Amazing! Even my son ate heartily! Our waiter was terrific, and made great recommendations. We ordered the fried oysters, and could tell he was hesitant. We found out why: tender, fresh, but nothing to write home about. At the end we asked him to recommend an ice cream place. His eyes lit up and he enthusiastically recommended Chinatown Ice Cream. Wow! What a great end to a great meal. We'll definitely go again! And don't be deterred by the references in other reviews to "a wait". We waited five minutes on a Saturday night at 7pm. Not bad, I'd say!
Posted by Josh on 01/19/2005
Joe's Shanghai is one of my favorite restaurants. True, the food is not superb, but I find the meal and the experience of eating there makes up for the average food. Certain dishes are done extremely well, and I and my friends stick to those. I usually go there with a group of 7, and we are able to eat to the point of nausea for $70, including beers. Certainly the place is filled with all kinds of people, including tourists, locals, and educated New Yorkers who know where to come for a fun chinese meal at a low price. If you hate waiting, try Joe's Ginger at 113 Mott or you could go to your local noodle shop, but you won't have the same experience of eating at a dingy Chinatown dumpling house.
Posted by DGM on 05/25/2004
Still one of the best values around. Looks, this place does a few dishes exceptionally well. Stick to those dishes. The soup dumplings have always been and will always be their best dish. Don't forget the salt and pepper shrimp and the chicken with crispy noodles....and whatever you do, don't go to the Joe's on 56th street unless you want half the portion size at double the price.