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Posted by E on 01/02/2008
My boyfriend and I went here for New Year's Eve and were absolutely thrilled. We’ve been to over 30 Chinese restaurants together, and this is one of the absolute best. The service was fast and courteous, the atmosphere very pleasant, and the food delicious. We shared an order of the crab and pork soup dumplings which were very tasty. Then we split the pork with bean curd (excellent, but could have been served a bit warmer) and the jumbo crispy shrimp with walnuts. The shrimp dish was one of the best things I have ever tasted, with huge and very fresh shrimp in an incredible sauce. Along with the free cabbage and peanuts on the table before you order, this was more than enough food for us. Yes, it is definitely on the pricier side for Chinese, but it is in line or even inexpensive relative to other “nice” upper east side restaurants. I’ve never had take-out here, but the prices were about 20-30% less and there also look to be some very reasonably priced lunch specials (albeit with less exciting dish options). Overall, we were very happy with our meal and we’re planning to go back for Valentine’s Day!
Posted by roborose on 12/13/2007
I don't know what those last few reviews were talking about. Maybe they were at a different restaurant and got confused. Our table of four shared a lot of different dumplings and four different main courses and we have nothing but great things to say about the food and service the other night . Excellent value for the money, and I would highly recommend this place.
Posted by Former Pavilion Fan on 11/09/2007
For several years this was my favorite Chinese restaurant in the city, but the food has changed BIG TIME. I am not sure if they got a new chef or what, but the food is simply not the same. Truly unfortunate, but I am seeking a new spot for authentic Chinese...the Pavilion is simply not what it used to be.
Posted by Dissapointing :( on 07/08/2007
I had order from here before it was good quality food but today the food was just plain unappetizing the shrimp were old; they taste odd as with trying to cover it with some spices and the chicken was not what I had taste the first time. I now just threw away $28 in delivery in a tangerine chicken with fried rice w/shrimp and vegetables. I should had order healthy food half the price tasty and at a great value, last time I order from here. why is it so hard to find a good chinese restaurant. what a shame I used to order from here this would had been my 4th or 5th time now is my last time. Guess dreaming for good chinese is like dreaming for the fairy tooth.
Posted by Amanda on 06/19/2007
I've been to Shanghai Pavilion twice now, and both times the food was outstanding. The service has been mixed; the first time it was great, the second time it was pretty bad. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend this place!
Posted by Jel212 on 05/21/2007
This place was a very special find. The service was incredible, the atmosphere very nice for a reasonably-priced Chinese restaurant, and the food - very special. We had the pork and crab juicy buns (not as good as Joe's Shanghai, but awesome for the UES!), lion head casserole - melt-in-your-mouth-comforting-goodness, and a mix-and-match chicken w/broccoli in General Tso's sauce, which was incredible! My only complaint was that the portions are really a little too small. Overall, excellent, and I'm bringing a party of 7 there soon!
Posted by SS on 05/04/2007
Perhaps some of the worst Chinese I have ever tried. What is up with all the glowing reviews? The dumplings were tasteless. The green tea chicken was bland beyond belief as were the prawns in chili sauce. Do not believe the hype. Stay away from this one. You will be sorry if you don't.