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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

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  • 52
    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
Most recent review
Wouldn't go back

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

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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60 reviews 60 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

very nice atmosphere, food and service. The only thing I would suggest is that hot food be placed on plates that are hot to prevent food from cooling too fast, especially on a cold winter day. That is the one and only fault of our visit.

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Hillsdale, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Ala Shanghai is as good as it gets. We have been coming here for several years. This is not your typical Pu-Pu platter menu, but exquisite and authentic Chinese food. Our favorite thing here is to try new and unfamiliar dishes along with our favorites. So, for example, the other night we tried a vegetarian "sausage" dish (tofu) and an... More 

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Upstate NY
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is a Chinese restaurant unlike any other in the area. We reserved a round table for 8 with a lazy Susan to help us share the amazing dishes we would order. We decided on 4 main dishes and 4 pre- dinner dishes of dim sum and appetizers. Starters were Scallion pancakes, Pork dumplings, 2 orders of Steamed vegetable dumplings.... More 

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Niskayuna, New York
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139 reviews 139 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

But to be honest, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. Yeah, it's good, but it's just Chinese food. There's nothing special or spectacular about it. Maybe I just caught them on an 'off' night, because I trust the opinions of those friends and family who have told me I'll love it. I will go again and report... More 

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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We had our New Years Eve dinner with friends at this restaurant. There were 9 of us, so they put us at a great round table with a big lazy susan in the middle. We ordered a whole bunch of apps & a few main courses all at once and put them on the lazy susan. Everyone shared everything &... 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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