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  • Chinese
  • 100 Mott St, New York NY10013 40.717266 -73.997185
  • (Btwn Canal & Hester St)
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  • (212) 966-3988
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User Ratings (Based on 54 reviews)

Food 4.1 Value 4.1
Service 2.4 Atmosphere 3.2

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 966-3988
(212) 966-8698
(212) 966-8856
Cash Only
Sun-Thu: 11:30am-10pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11pm
Delivery, Lunch, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible
Min Delivery:

User Reviews

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by Valchiuso on 08/03/2014

    Cabbage/jellyfish lover

    I recommend the two ingredient cold dish consisting of spicy cabbage and jellyfish. Had it as takeout. Good value. Polite cash register.

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by Anonymous on 11/22/2013

    Service then ask for tip

    Waited 20 mins to get a seat, good food but poor service, only accepted cash yet the owner was upset that I tipped only 10%

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by ronshapley on 08/24/2013

    Primo Chinatown

    Superb soup dumplings.......Fast service...

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by Alex on 04/19/2013

    Horrific Service makes experience unbearable

    This is a difficult review to write, but I feel it has to be written. I reviewed this place before with nothing but good things to say about it. However, slowly this began to change. The food is still very good with possibly one of the best soup dumplings in Chinatown. However, the service makes the experience unbearable. Let me put this in perspective, I am a person who absolutely adores Chinese food and Chinese culture. I am white, but I won’t be caught dead ordering chicken with Broccoli. I also believe that people in the food business work tremendously hard and should be compensated. A reasonable tip is 18-20% for good service. Anything less is a way to show displeasure at subpar service. On this one occasion we were seated at a table and then moved to the booth when it became available. The waiter has asked us to move our own drinks. I don’t find this deplorable but it is in bad taste. When the soup dumplings arrived the waiter barked “excuse me” while we rearranged our plates to make room for the dumplings to be hastily dropped on the table. Service was not courteous for some time but this was a tad much. It felt like we were unwanted guests in someone’s living room. This motivated me to leave a 12% tip. On our way out the manager approached my companion yelling something in Chinese. I asked for a translation. Apparently the manager asked my Chinese companion to convince the “white guy” to tip appropriately. I informed the manager of why the tip was reduced. To this she replied: “In an Asian restaurant you can bring your own water.” I take offense at this. There are plenty of Chinese restaurants in Chinatown where service is valued. Furthermore, there are plenty of soup dumpling houses with on-par or superior dumplings. Demanding a bigger tip, rather than apologizing for the poor manners of your wait-staff, is abhorrent in my opinion. The conversation ended, with the manager assuring me that next time “She will bring my drinks herself wherever I go. “ Why would there be a next time?

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by SRA on 12/21/2012

    Amazing soup dumplings, friendly service

    I have no idea what some of the reviewers mean about rude service. The staff was helpful and friendly, and our nice waitress offered suggestions from the menu. The soup dumplings (#1&2 on the menu) are a must if you go. I have never had them before, and they are incredibly delicious and memorable. The broth inside the dumplings is aromatic, and the filling is flavorful and a nice texture. My friend and I also tried the scallion pancakes (delicious in the soy sauce with fresh ginger), Pork Dong Po Rou (pork belly in a glaze served with rice flour pockets to make little sandwiches) which was delicious, if rich, and fish Szechuan Style (not overly hot but served with a peppery brown sauce and tasty). Highly recommend, and again, my experience was very friendly service and plentiful, DELICIOUS, well priced food. My friend and I left with leftovers, which I had today and loved.

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by choiseul on 10/03/2012

    From the cool pink precincts

    From the cool pink precincts of the subdued lighting of this Mott St. gem where I sat on a takeout chair for all of ten minutes I hopped on a W. 4th. St. headed D train at Grand and arrived home with a generous portion of Shanghai shrimp pan fried noodles and a carton of delicious spicy cabbage. The hot little peppers were wisely intact so you can chomp off as much or as little as you like and the noodles were separate from the huge tub of choice mushroom, snow peas and shrimp laden toppings. Highly recommended.

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by Native NY-er on 09/09/2012

    Great Soup Dumplings, Poor Service

    This place is THE spot for delicious soup dumplings. However, the service is always poor. Yet the soup dumplings keep me going back again and again. However the service today was especially poor, so I left only a $2 tip for a $25 dollar bill. On the way out a waiter (who was not my own) stops me and tells me I have to leave a bigger tip, and continues to ask me until I open my wallet and show him I have no more cash (since they don't take credit cards.) Then he turned and walked away in a huff. It may keep me from going ever again!

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