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Posted by Richard Chang on 09/09/2008
I was feeling peckish one fortnight ago when I came across this seemingly dodgy chinese restaurant near my office. Whilst the place is run by a bunch of cheeky buggers, what really took me by surprise were the prices (over $10 for lunch! Ripoff!).
Posted by Anonymous on 07/11/2008
Let me say right off the top that I love the Joe’s down in Chinatown and will continue to go there for my soup dumpling needs. This location? They can keep it. When we sat down at the table and asked for a minute to look at the menu, my friend noticed that the waiter CLEARLY had an attitude but I just let it go. Then I placed an order for dumplings and he began to walk away as if there weren’t two other people at the table who wanted something else to eat and I had to call him back over and he seemed annoyed by this! He never asked if we wanted anything to drink and never even brought us a complimentary pot of tea. My friends got their dishes that they ordered but where were my dumplings and ginger ale? Shanghai, perhaps, because 45 minutes later I had neither although people who had arrived well after we did got their dumplings and whatever else they ordered in a timely fashion. When we complained to the manager, he offered the most INSINCERE apology and the waiter had the AUDACITY to expect a tip. I don’t want to even play this card but everyone else who received proper service were either Caucasian or Asian and a friend who is Asian said that her friends of her family who owned restaurants would complain that Black people and European tourists were lousy tippers and therefore they gave them inferior service. I’m sorry if my people have a reputation for being cheap tippers but I’m not one of them and I think 45 minutes, an insincere apology and no dumplings is unacceptable (no matter what color you are).
Posted by myu on 05/22/2008
I called in to ask whether they would deliver to my uptown address and the man on the line was extremely rude and snappy. It's too bad there aren't enough places that make xiao long bao - I'm forced to satisfy my craving at Joe's.
Posted by M. Kyle on 01/09/2008
A couple of co-workers and I decided to try a new Chinese food restaurant for take out. We tried Joe's since it was rated rather highly in a certain magazine. The food was terrible, as the chicken tasted like greasy rubber. In addition ,this place is about 30[%] more expensive than any run of the mill Chinese food restaurant and the portions are rather small (which is a good thing considering the food). The losing combination of WAY overpriced food and woeful quality make Joe's one of the worst places to eat in the area. Avoid this restaurant.
Posted by hungry appetite on 11/29/2007
The Flushing & Chinatown Joe's are much cheaper, more food, and tastes fresher. Fewer soup dumplings come in an order in this midtown location compared to the other locations, and service there is not that good.
Posted by Ella on 10/17/2006
Their crab soup dumplings are just delicious. bubbling with flavor. Its so good. I also really like their hot and sour soup. They jazz it up and have shrimp in it. The atmosphere is great for a group lunch. The table gets a cute pot of tea, just like you would in Chinatown. It has two levels. I like sitting upstairs by the window for the view of the street.
Posted by desol81 on 10/21/2005
I am a big fan of Joe's on Pell Street, but we were going to a show and my friend suggested going here. The menu is very limited here (the one on Pell is enormous). The food is just OK, nothing special. It's also fairly expensive for what you get here.