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Posted by anonymous on 06/14/2011
One hour and 15 minutes for an order of chicken and broccoli. stay away from this place.
Posted by Hungry Hebrew on 05/16/2011
Normally the best, but I don't think I can ever order from them again. I have been patronizing Shanghai Lee's delivery for my Williamsburg chinese food fix for about a year now, ever since I discovered them. The food is delicious. Tonight it all went to pieces. I placed my order, nothing fancy, and it took a full hour and 45 minutes for the food to get to my door. Nearly two hours. I cannot think of any food service that should ever take this long. I called them at the hour marker to "make sure it was coming," then again at the hour and a half marker to say, "are you serious?" The first time she told me it was on it's way, and they second time she told me it had already been delivered. It hadn't, and when it finally did it wasn't really warm. I like Shanghai Lee a lot, and I allow them to take an hour usually... it happens.. and the food is pretty good - but the possibility I will have to wait two hours for my chicken and broccoli is something I cannot face. Looks like it's Chinese Musician Restaurant for me again. So long Shanghai Lee, it was fun while it lasted.
Posted by Julie on 04/07/2011
This is by far the best Chinese in da hood. I have traveled extensively in China and it's the closest of the cheap chinese variety that I have ever had. Still very chinese American, but really leaps and bounds beyond the regular cheap corner take-out spots! Highly recommended.
Posted by chinese food lover on 11/17/2010
Well, it's pretty good. I'm very picky when it comes to Chinese food. Grew up on West Coast and have traveled throughout China. Most Chinese restaurants in NY are a poor example of what chinese food is actually supposed to taste like and frankly inedible. Shanghai Lee does a fairly good job. The best in the neighborhood. Yeah their food is fresh and tasty, not super authentic (they dont pay the high prices for super fresh tofu or special ingredients like dry bean curd, pickled veg/cabbage or hard to find spices)but I'll eat and enjoy it and that's saying a lot. Try their eggplant and shredded pork in garlic sauce, Their Ma Po Tofu, and their surprisingly good broccoli shrimp (but ask for it with a white ginger sauce...very good). Stay away from their noodle dishes...not so good on that score.
Posted by beebuzz on 10/16/2010
We were in a Chinese restaurant rut and decided to check this place out. We ordered a few items to see how the food is. The chinese dishes were great - food was fresh and tasty. The spicy thai noodles were lo mein noodles (we were expecting broad noodles), so that was a little disappointing. But the pepper steak was great, and I loved the hot and sour soup. The spring rolls were also very good.
Posted by Franklin peach on 09/07/2010
For once, great Chinese food. The service is fast, but it's no crappy Chinese take-out joint. They seem to care about what they serve and the ingredients are good. I know this because I have a sensitive stomach which let's me know right away if something is awry on my plate. The selection is nice and the orders are fairly plentiful for the money. If this place closed up, I would be mighty sad.
Posted by JF on 08/22/2010
every review here, nails it. but here's a little-known secret about this "chinese" restaurant.. they secretly make the best fried chicken in greenpoint.. it's an appetizer, but def the best fried chicken.