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Joe's Shanghai

9 Pell St., New York City, NY 10013 (Chinatown)
(212) 233-8888
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Ranked #1,012 of 11,626 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Chinese, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Chinatown
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77% Recommend
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Their soup dumplings are so good, but the restaurant and the bathrooms are enough to make you cringe. My sister picked up the cabbage in the bottom of the steam basket to eat and there was a bug - so I can imagine what the kitchen looks like. I love the food, but where is the health department??!!

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New York City, New York
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76 reviews 76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Joe's Shanghai has been around for quite a few years here in New York and we have eaten here many times. So time to write a review, because this place is definitely worth it! If you've never had them, order the soup buns (that's what they call them). These are dumplings with pork and crab meat and liquid inside. They... More

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Mankato, Minnesota, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Very good food, seating is European style, you share a table with other people. Nice if you have good table mates. Very reasonably priced and fun to atmosphere, but beat for lunch or a mid afternoon snack.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We had to wait outside in the cold for over 45 minutes, but its was definitely worth it! The best soup dumplings in the world, by far! The restaurant was recommend by a friend of us who lived in NYC and she knew this would be a big treat, and so it was! Another must when visiting NYC.

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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My husband craves these dumpling we stopped in for lunch. I see why he craves them! So yummy:) Ordered Pork filled soup dumplings Generals chicken Beer I only gave 3 stars because the walls could use a good cleaning.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The food here is really fantastic. You can't book and usually the wait is about half an hour but it is worth it. You'll probably have to sit at a large table with strangers but that all adds to the experience of this bustling restaurant. The food is cooked fresh and really tasty. Family friendly but cash only though.

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Bucharest, Romania
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68 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

we went for the soup dumplings ,they were absolutely fantastic. As a matter of fact, all food was very tasty. But the place is crowded and you have to sit at the same table with strangers, the atmosphere is like a canteen. And the only toilet they have is very small and dirty, disgusting! Pay only by cash, they add... More

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Chicago, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Talk about lack of luck. We arrived at 11:30 before the lunch crowd and were seated right away. We were informed that the health inspector was checking out the restaurant so they took our order right away, but said it would be after they left before they could get it to the table. We saw the health inspectors checking out... More

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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167 reviews 167 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

After seeing an amazing 30-minute 4th of July fireworks display by the Brooklyn Bridge, my wife and I walked over to Chinatown and had a late night meal at this restaurant. The atmosphere is crazy here, very loud and communal seating. We knew however the food would be good because of the crowd and it was. We split an appetizer... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A short wait at 8:30 pm and once in the service is prompt. Green tea is on the table and water. The soup dumplings were amazing, as was the beef and broccoli, the clams, pork fried rice and General Tso's chicken. The portions were huge! The service is prompt. Prices reasonable!They usher you in and out, but it is a... More

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