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User Reviews (24 Reviews)
- Joe's Shanghai Restaurant (Chinatown)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Dec 09, 2013
One of my favorite restaurants in New York City. The atmosphere is quite a friendly and welcoming environment. The tables are large enough that another party will most likely sit with you. The soup dumplings are an absolute must! Try the crispy jumbo prawns if you like shrimp and for a vegetable, try the szechuan string beans.Recommended for:Foodies
- Joe's Shanghai Restaurant (Chinatown)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Nov 06, 2013
I have high hope for this place after reading some of the articles and food blogs talking about their Xiao Long Bao. After trying their crab and pork XLB (or the Crab Meat with Pork Meat Steamed Buns as they call it on the English Menu), I have to agree they even rival some of the best restaurants in Asia. Not the best I have had in the States but close enough.
5 Stars for the extraordinary Xiao Long Bao. At most 3 Stars for the rest of the stuff I tried. Peking Style Minced Pork Noodle was too sweet. The noodle had good texture but the sauce really didn't compliment it. Fried Rice Cake was tasty for the first couple bites but the greasiness made it hard to consume.
For my next visit I might just skip everything else and fill myself up with dozens of XLBs.
This place is extremely busy so prepare to wait. This is also a not comfortable place where you can sit down, relax and have a nice conversation going with your friends. People come here for the food and not the ambiance. Don't be too surprised if you have to dine with strangers on the same table.
- Joe's Shanghai Restaurant (Chinatown)AmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Aug 06, 2013
This place is the perfect antidote to cure my Shanghai nostalgia. The pork soup dumplings are some of the best I've ever had and the overall communal feel of sharing a table with complete strangers instantly transported me into a local restaurant on Nanjing Road. Expect some lines; yes, the food is that good!
- Joe's Shanghai Restaurant (Chinatown)May 28, 2013
Worth going just for the soup dumplings. This is a hustling, bustling restaurant with at least a 30 minute wait on the weekends. Best to go with friends so you can order a bunch of different dishes. Seafood Pan Fried Noodles, General Tso Chicken and Shredded Beef are also awesome.
- Joe's Shanghai Restaurant (Chinatown)Jan 10, 2013
Good Shanghai soup dumplings are tough to find. Really tough. There are so many factors that all have to symbiotically exist to make a really good 'xiao long bao': (1) very thin but very strong wrapper, (2) tasty and tender meat, and most importantly, (3) lots of piping hot, oily soup inside. The best Shanghai soup dumplings I've ever had were either at Din Tai Fung in Taipei or a night market in Shanghai. I've never found Shanghai soup dumplings in America that have ever compared to ones in Shanghai or Taiwan... until now. Joe's Shanghai is the closest you'll ever find to what Shanghai dumplings should taste like.
We ordered the crab and pork shanghai dumplings -- steaming hot and each filled with tons of scorching, tasty soup. The crab was better than pork -- just because there's so much more flavor (I love how they use yellow internal parts of the crab). Beware, this yellow stuff is a cholesterol monster, but delicious as hell. You can choose your own fate. I'm not a nutritionist, I'm just a fat ass.
The other stuff we ordered was good, but not great. Stir-fried string beans and pan-fried noodles were all good side items, but nowhere in the same league as the XLB main event. In fact, I can't really see people coming to Joe's Shanghai to eat anything else other than the Shanghai dumplings.
Service was decent for a Chinese joint. When I think of Chinese service, I think of rude assholes. When I think of New York service, I think of rude assholes. So when I thought about them put together, I was expecting to get stabbed in the eye with a fortune cookie by a 80-year-old Chinese lady. Glad to see that I was unharmed.
All in all, Joe's Shanghai has some of the best Shanghai soup dumplings I've ever tasted, while the other dishes I tried all pale in comparison. Definitely a must-try, however, in NYC.
- Joe's Shanghai Restaurant (Chinatown)First to ReviewSep 26, 2012
we went for lunch here....the dim sum is crazy good....you must order the pork and crab dumplings!!!!! the eggplant and garlic is my personal favourite and they do it justice here! The seating is unique in that if there is room at your table you likely will get guests sitting with you....but that is cool we met a great couple and their baby girl!...food is hot and delicious....and served very fast...the turn over is high here but they do not rush you at all.....we were told good thing we got there at 11 and they were right,,,by noon the line up was down the street....
- Joe's Shanghai Restaurant (Chinatown)Member ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3Jul 05, 2012
I have eaten nothing else but the xiao lung baos here. I get why this place is so popular. The soup is hot, the skin is just translucent enough, and the meat is just bite size (perfect). But dining here is not so enjoyable because of the crowd and forced sharing tables with strangers. So eat the XLBs as snack here and enjoy rest of the meal else where.
- Joe's Shanghai Restaurant (Chinatown)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 05, 2012
This review is strictly for the soup dumplings aka xlb aka little soup bites of heaven! Come get yours!!! Five stars alone for these bites of deliciousness! The promote friendly service is a plus! These babies are the stars!!!
- Joe's Shanghai Restaurant (Chinatown)Community ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jul 05, 2012
Crab and pork soup dumplings. Nothing left to say. Order it and be prepared to enter dim sum nirvana.
This place is a serious NYC establishment in Chinatown so expect to wait outside. There is also a strong possibility you will be sitting next to strangers while awkwardly attempting not to have soup dumpling explode all over your face, but don't you fret... everyone is in the same boat.