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Posted by A Real Foodie on 07/15/2004
Search the nytimes archives and find the review for this place. It is very accurate. Shanghai Pavilion serves amazing chinese food that is a refreshing change from your typical general tso's and lo mein fare. The soft tofu with the crab meat sauce is incredibly delicate, yet flavorful. The pork and crabmeat soup dumplings are to die for. The lion's head casserole is pork meatballs served on a bed of baby bok choy with a tangy, sweet brown sauce that makes the whole dish seem like a chinese (and better) version of your mom's meatloaf. Lastly, my sister and I just tried the crown of the sea last night for the first time and we literally could not stop saying, "OH MY GOD THIS IS SOOOOOOOOO GOOD". It is fileted chilean sea bass braised in a thick, slightly sweet, spicy brown sauce with scallions served over udon. It is spectacular. There are more good dishes, but there's not nearly enough room to rave about them all. Once you've had this kind of chinese food, you'll never go back.