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New Shanghai Restaurant

#1,426 of 2,565 Restaurants in Boston
#1,744 of 2,994 Places to Eat in Boston
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21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111-1903
(617) 338-6688
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11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Excellent food and prices.

Chinatown in Boston is shaped like the capital letter 'E'. This place is on the first leg of the E as you walk through the welcoming gates. We picked it pretty much by accident and after being seated noted that we were the only Anglos in the place. Business was booming, a lot of meals served... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 21, 2015
Hillsboro, OR
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Storrs, Connecticut
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The environment can be the only acceptable part of this restaurant, which mainly because it's not crowded like every restaurant else nearby. The food is definitely not sichuan flavor, may be a horrible mix of szechuan and shanghai style.

Thank Yuantao L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We ate here at the weekend, after reading some of the positive tripadvisor reviews. It was unquestionably the worst Chinese meal we have ever had. We have visited Chinese restaurants in a wide variety of countries and cannot recall more disgusting plates of food. And to add insult to injury we were not allowed to finish our starters (which, to... More 

Thank alphonse49
Hillsboro, OR
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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Chinatown in Boston is shaped like the capital letter 'E'. This place is on the first leg of the E as you walk through the welcoming gates. We picked it pretty much by accident and after being seated noted that we were the only Anglos in the place. Business was booming, a lot of meals served, service was excellent. The... More 

Thank oldpo
Boston, Ma
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I live in Boston and have many choices for Chinese food. I have been going to this place for many years and,even before the current owner. The cuurent owner brought in new chefs, took it to a higher level and always delivers. I was our with 2 friends, both out of town. We had whole fish in Szechuan sauce. Superb.... More 

Thank HalzBoston_Ma
Medford, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Went here with my Chinese class and our teacher ordered for us all the authentic cuisine. It was spicy, flavorful, and unique! I really enjoyed the traditional restaurant style! Would definitely go back!

Thank Jgraves700
White River Junction, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I began going to the New Shanghai in Boston before it was the New Shanghai -- about sixty five years ago! My Grandmother took me there and I never forgot it. Years later, my boss, from Shanghai, began taking me there for weekly lunches. So to say the least, we have a history. The place is unpretentious, but warm and... More 

1 Thank Kalonymos
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I have been there for lunch twice and every time the food was exceptional. You have a distinct advantage if you like spicy food. It's spicy alright, but not to the point where all you can feel is the spice. In short this place is absolutely worth a visit!

Thank kmunger
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

It's kind American Chinese food in Chinatown, but you always find table in busy lunch time compare with other place in Chinatown.

Thank Xiaoqing H
Antigonish, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

During my brief visit to Boston, I feel this restaurant is the best among the ones I have tried in Boston Chinatown. First, it is very clean - they use white table-cloth and white cloth napkins. Second, it is professional - they hire two chefs from China. One chef is from Tianjin and specializes in Northern Chinese Cuisine (Beijing Cuisine... More 

Thank Jennifer C
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

First I'd like to admit that the food of the restaurant is OK, just some are too spicy for me. The several problems include 1) They secretly include the tips into the check, but without informing you. So many times my friends and I have been played and paid tips TWICE! They don't do that all the time, apparently, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111-1903
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: (617) 338-6688

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm

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Staying in Chinatown

Neighborhood Profile
A small area rich in Chinese cultural influences, visit Boston’s Chinatown for some great Asian cuisine and small, authentic bakeries. Enter through the iconic Chinatown gate and stroll down Beach, Tyler, and Kneeland streets to explore the compact area. Rest your feet from walking and grab a bite at one of the many restaurants around Chinatown. From traditional Chinese to Vietnamese to Malaysian, there is a wide range of Asian food available, within easy access of South Station. At night, Chinatown becomes a late night food destination after the bars close.