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Ala Shanghai

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468 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham, NY 12110-3231
518-783-8188
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 57
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Superior Asian food

I had the sesame noodles and chicken with cashews. It was excellent. Not your ordinary 'Chinese food restaurant'. Portions are appropriately sized and the ingredients are fresh. I also liked the breadth of the menu. I will return and I recommend this place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
GolfandGardenGuy
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Lockport, New York
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Lockport, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I had the sesame noodles and chicken with cashews. It was excellent. Not your ordinary 'Chinese food restaurant'. Portions are appropriately sized and the ingredients are fresh. I also liked the breadth of the menu. I will return and I recommend this place.

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Latham, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

we celebrated mother's day evening dinner here. we were all pleased with our meals. the Peeking duck was flavorful and tender. I had the honey walnut shrimp,just lovely shrimp were large and cooked with just the right crispiness , the sauce went well with it. the soups had unique flavors which delighted those diners,overall the service was top shelfalong with... More 

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Schenectady, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I have been here a few times and the food is excellent. I had shrimp and spicy beef with brown rice today. The food was delicious. They serve you tea and water with your meal.

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Niskayuna, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Have been a regular here for the last three years. Visited Singapore earlier this year, ate at 'din tai fung'..(google it if you must).....the soup dumplings at Ala Shanghai are almost as good....and that is saying a lot. A lot of people go just for the soup dumplings, but there are so many fantastic items on the menu that we... More 

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Albany, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Without comparison in the 518. This is the best Chinese food around. Fresh, great quality, normal portions, none of the typical frozen fried crap. Soup dumplings are as good as NYC Chinatown. Pea pod shoots, shrimp and asparagus, chicken and eggplant, and shredded beef with chili, all were delicious.

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New York City, New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

4 of us for lunch. Seated promptly. Efficient staff. 4 appetizers- spicy wontons(mildly spicy not much flavor) shumai ( just ok) fava bean chips (very good) soup buns (the best of the 4). 4 entrees-eggplant (again no flavor, too oily and not spicy even though I asked it to be), tofu(very soft-it shook like jello and not much flavor) double... More 

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Albany, NY
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66 reviews 66 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We tried the Dim Sum several weeks ago and loved it. What an inventive menu! The various dumplings and soups are foods one just doesn't find anywhere. We went back for lunch and were bowled over. Everything here is top-notch, and judging by the fact that the crowd is overwhelmingly Asian, I would assume it is all authentic. It's a... More 

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Latham, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My husband and I had dinner there on a Friday evening. It's good, but seems to be alacart because they do not allow substitutions at all. You order the fish, all you get is the fish and rice, you order the duck, you get it with rice, that's it, no vegetables unless you pay $12 for them! They would not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

My husband and I went there on a Friday night and the place was jammed and I thought we would have to wait for more than a half hour. They seated us with in minutes of our arrival. They have such a good system that no one waits long for anything and everyone is so helpful. I've tried the spicy... More 

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Plattsburgh, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I first went to this restaurant with my then-fiance the day after Thanksgiving 2014, and I was so thrilled to finally find real Chinese food in upstate New York, albeit 3 hours south of me. We ordered the steamed pork soup dumplings, spicy shredded beef, and beef rice noodles. It was some of the best Chinese food I've ever had,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 468 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham, NY 12110-3231
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Latham
  • Phone Number: 518-783-8188

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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