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Posted by Anonymous on 01/12/2005
Aside from being the best soup dumplings and scallion pancake in the city, this is a great Chinatown experience for anyone who's visiting you. It's crowded and noisy and friendly, and the food is just the best around. I still miss the sticky rice from 20 Mott (oh, how I miss it), but this will do quite well. And if you have room for dessert, it's a short hop to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory right across the street. Always save room for ice cream!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/05/2004
This is my new favorite restaurant in the city. I am totally obsessed! I dream about their soup dumplings, rice cakes with pork and cabbage, and whole spicy fish. Great place to go to with a large group and they take reservations which is necessary if going with a group of more than 4 as there are only about 30 seats in the whole joint. Be prepared if going with a group of only 2 or three to be seated with strangers at a table for 6. No worries - you won't notice anything outside of the food once it arrives. The service could be a bit better but just be persistent about whatever it is you're trying to get - water, more food, etc. Everyone needs to eat here at least once.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/29/2004
Excellent dumplings-soup and fried pork. The latter came extremely quickly, were just lightly fried and oblong--by itself unusual enough but also tasted very good. The soup dumplings are just as good as Joe's. As for the other food--took some other reviewers recommendations and...skip the shrimp and pine nuts. That's exactly what it is. Baby shrimp (not overcooked but still with vein which grosses me out a bit), and pine nuts (pine seeds on the menu) Rather bland. The Tai Chin chicken--very spicy, good falor but deep fried so long as to be very crunchy and hard in places. Other folks at our table had the mock duck which they graciously shared with us--good but typical. Alos they had the Tong Po Pork with Buns-4 big cubes of prok that they made sandwiches with--came with a bit of greens that evidently helped cut the sweetness. They said very good but very sweet and heavy. Looks like enough as a main for 4 people. Timing means a lot as you can sit right down or wait >30 min (even on a Sunday night). Larger parties seem more likely to struggle for seats as the place probably doesn't sit more than 30. Would go back but mostly for the dumplings. Try what you think looks good. Ignore other people's tastes.
Posted by My grandma is shanghainese on 09/23/2004
Soup dumplings are the best in the city. I've been to about 2 dozen places, and none come close. Must orders: Pork shoulder, orange beef, fried yellow fish, cold appetizer plate, Lion's head, sea cucumber, eel with chives. Whole fish in chili sauce - I've had better elsewhere. Of course, nothing ranks as good as my grandmother's cooking, but this is as good as it gets.
Posted by Jesse K on 09/15/2004
My family and I have eaten at New Green Bo almost since the place opened, and as someone who has eaten more than their fair share of Chinese food here, in China and elsewhere, I can safely say that New Green Bo's Shanghainese food is nearly without par. The key to eating here is to not go for standard fare; there's a whole suite of "American" Chinese food (beef w broccoli, sesame chicken, kung pao chicken etc.) that they make because tourists ask for it. It sucks. Go for the more unusual and traditionally Shanghainese foods and I guarantee you'll never go back. Highlights include: the ubiquitous soup buns (since the decline of Joe's Shanghai probably the best in Manhattan Chinatown), the yellow fish with seaweed (deep fried sliced fish you dip in spicy salt), the sauteed eels (baby eels with garlic and ginger; delicious once you get past the fact that they look like a pile of anchovies), the tong po pork (sweet roast pork on steamed buns), any of the stewed pork dishes, chicken with spicy salt, mock duck (try it with a little of the hot chili sauce on the table), baby shrimp with seaweed (or pine nuts, for that matter) and on and on. I honestly eat here once every week or two and would go more if I had the time. The quality of the food is incredibly high and the prices are amazing, especially considering the serving size. Lastly, on the subject of service: the staff is by and large very friendly and sweet but extremely busy, which sometimes translates into brusqueness. Be polite and persistent and you'll always get what you want, and usually with a smile.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/23/2004
Great food at great prices (good even for Chinatown). Inside is cramped and noisy, and you have to wait in line outside for a table. Take-out service is excellent, though, they're friendly and make sure they get your order right. Try the soup dumplings (steamed tiny buns), they're kinda hard to eat, but worth the effort!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/01/2004
Great food...amazing soup dumplings. Horrible service, even for Chinatown.