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Posted by Anonymous on 02/09/2006
My husband and I have eaten at Shanghai Cafe at various times. We have discovered that the waitresses are not as nice when the place is crowded. On a Friday evening, our waitress handed us the check with the first plate of food. After bringing the rest of the food, she didn't check on us us for the rest of the meal. We have been there at off times and the service was decent. If it wasn't for those delicious juicy buns, we would not go back there again.
Posted by Simply amazing on 12/27/2005
I have been going to this place since it was not on 100 Mott Street, and it's my favorite by far. The service is quick and I never had issues with staying as long as I wanted with many friends, celebrating birthdays etc. The prices are very cheap and food is always clean and delicious and of a good quality.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/28/2005
Try their buns, being wary of their hot easy-to-spill juice and the restaurant's rude waiters.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/25/2005
It's a cold and rainy day, so soup dumplings couldn't be a more perfect dish. I've never had them before, so I can't compare this to other restaurants, but I can't imagine anything better. They come with a salty vinegar sauce flavored with scallions and slivers of pickled ginger, and $4.25 buys you 8 (8!) generous dumplings. They're like an inside out meatball soup. Really fantastic. As far as the restaurant goes, the decor is decidedly much nicer than standard Chinatown. It's clean, with background music that's pleasant and not distracting. I'm definitely going back.
Posted by desol81 on 08/20/2005
I went to this place for lunch one day with some chums. We consider ourselves Soup dumpling experts, and have tried the just about everywhere in Chinatown that has them. These were the very best by a wide margin (Goody's is second. The rest of the food was so-so. Nice big portions, well made, but a bit lackluster as to flavoring. But you MUST do the dumplings!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/23/2005
My friends and I ate here for a birthday party. We had a tough time with reservations for 12 people. Once seated, it took a long time to get the waiter's attention so he could take our order. The food took a while to come out, some people finished their dishes before others even got them. The waiters came to our table and told us to hurry up, as there were other people waiting for seats. Appalled, we hurried and left a small tip for their rude service. As we were leaving, the waiter actually asked for more tip!
Posted by Michael on 07/18/2005
One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. I usually go in a group of 10 friends, and we often eat for under 50 dollars. Service is not too bad, and even with 10 people, we've never had to wait longer than 15 minutes for a table during peak dinner hours. Waitresses are usually pretty good about servicing tables, refilling water, etc. An overall nice experience, and the vegetable steamed dumplings are delish!