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Shanghai Cafe

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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 Anonymous on 06/06/2008

    Deeeelicious soup dumplings

    I've been to the "Clinton Restaurant" in Shanghai (the same one Bill went to a few years back - and generally accepted as having the best soup dumplings {steamed tiny buns} on the planet), and this place offers a fair rendition - close in it's dumpling deliciosity. I've been a few times, eat in and out, and there are other great surprises on the menu. To those with gripes about service - it's CHINATOWN, buck up, wait and pay 20% - if you want better service, order in chinese.

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/05/2008

    very disappointed

    This restaurant use to be decent, but now this is just poor! The quality of the food went down, you can taste the MSG and leaves your mouth dry with a horrible after taste. That after taste takes a long time to subside. The last time I ordered the same thing as I did this time, I had to ask them to switch my order because the one they originally gave me turned out to be really sour. They tried to deny anything that is wrong but I know how it's suppose to taste like from previous trips to the restaurant. On top of that, the service is lacking. Walking into the restaurant and handing us the menu, it took them around twenty minutes for us to actually get served and asking what we want when the place wasn't even full. They also would hand you the check before you ask for it and way before you're done with your food. Therefore, paying a little less tip, when we paid, they noted that we didn't pay the 15% tip rate. No where on their menu does it say we must pay that percent. It is only reasonable to pay less than that for bad service. The waitresses there made comments like "You should at least pay this much" and then another said "You might as well do take out" as she collected the money. Basically I got the impression that if we don't pay the tip then don't bother sitting there at all. At that point, I would find it even more reasonable to not give any tip at all! As a restaurant, it is a complete failure. There are so many better Shanghainese restaurants out there.

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by fallinlovewithfood on 01/27/2008

    went downhill

    when Shanghai Cafe first opened, I was thrilled..their pork soup dumplings were excellent, the restaurant itself was somewhat modern and friendly, and the price can't be beat. Years later, I find it really disappointing. While the service has always been rude and brisk, the rice dishes aren't piping hot anymore and the skin of the soup dumplings are somewhat dry. I hate to play into the hype of Joe Shanghai, but at least their food never faltered in quality after all these years.

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by hungry on 01/03/2008

    my spot

    This place is the best food is really good and cheap. The best are the shanghai juicy buns and the over rice plates. I get my food within 5-10 mins of ordering. The waitresses there do rush and can be rude at times, but thats just chinatown in general. I have never had a serious problem with the waitresses as long as they bring my food.

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by Sunga on 12/24/2007


    Food is awesome, eat there anytime i get the chance. the price i reasonable, the food is delicious...true asian taste, but the waitstaff are not the friendliest. If you're use to 4 star table service, this isn't the place you want to go. they dont want to have anything to do with you, waitstaff does one thing and one thing only: give you food.

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by Nod on 10/26/2007

    Best in the world?

    I'm from the UK and have so far been to this restaurant every time I've visited NYC and this is a tradition I fully intend to maintain! The food here is exemplary, beating anything I’ve had back in the UK and the menu provides an overwhelming variety of options to suit almost anybody’s taste. Never had any problems with the service as suggested by some of the other reviews. That said you do get the impression that they want you in and out as soon as possible - so they can start serving the next customer. However if this helps them maintain their current standards and value, I’m not going to complain.

  • Shanghai Cafe

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/08/2007

    Great soup dumplings!

    If you're looking for a place to eat some hearty xiaolongbao (Shanghai soup dumplings) and don't want to stand in line at Joe's Shanghai, head to Shanghai Cafe. Their dumplings are simple and delicious, and their other dishes (especially noodles) are also worth a try. As other reviewers have mentioned, their service is rushed, but on the same level as the rest of Chinatown, so who cares? You get a great meal at an affordable price.

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