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Joe's Shanghai

9 Pell St., New York City, NY 10013 (Chinatown)
(212) 233-8888
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Ranked #816 of 11,378 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Popular and crowded Chinese restaurant in middle of New York's Chinatown. Only waited about 10 minutes for late lunch. Awkward sitting with others at small table. The soup dumplings, noodle soup, fried rice and tea were excellent.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Joe's Shanghai is well known for its amazing soup dumplings, and the crowds waiting on the street for entry to this place is a good indicator of the enduring appeal of this place, with tourists and locals alike braving the New York winds to get their hands on these delicious dumplings. Don't mind the curt lady on the door, once... More

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Lake Worth, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

You have GOT to try this place! The dumplings are definitely great, but the chicken fried rice and the general tso's chicken WERE OUT OF THIS WORLD! We will be returning here our next trip to the city for sure!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Very good dumplings as all the other reviews suggest. Also got fried pork dumplings and scallion pancakes, all very good. Bill for 2 people was $18 for great food! They do table sharing so you may be seated at a large round table with others, but it's not a big deal.

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Los Angeles, California
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32 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Best soup dumplings out there. I could eat them all day every day. We sat family style at a table with a Chinese family and basically just ordered whatever they were ordering. A great experience.

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Akron, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Very authentic Chinese restaurant. The first thing the waiter said to us was, " how many orders of dumplings do you want"? I guess we were screaming tourist and he knew that is what we would order. It's different to sit at a table with strangers, but that made the experience all that much more fun. The place is tiny,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We had read a review on Time Out NYC about Joe's world famous soup buns, and decided to try them out to see what the fuss was about. We were not disappointed - they were absolutely delicious. The décor of the restaurant is quite tatty and run down and the service is super quick, verging on being rushed and you... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We went to Joe's Shanghai for dinner during our NY trip. We had to wait more than 30min to get in. Staff let people in before us although they arrived later... We were seated at a large round table with our people. Free tea being served, very hot. We had soup dumplings (very hot, average in taste) and chicken in... More

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Great food in a charmless restaurant in the heart of Chinatown. Dumplings were amazing, as was some dish I tried that had scallops mixed with some kind of fish all cooked in a mild-spicy sauce. Be prepared to share the table with anonymous people. I would recommend it for having lunch while visiting Chinatown or nearby places. TOP CHOICE.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

If you're looking for some Soup Dumplings, Joe's Shanghai will most likely be the restaurant to pop up at the top of the list. There are 3 locations, and I visited the one in Chinatown. Although they're best know for their Soup Dumplings, there's an extensive menu of dishes to choose from. The restaurant is very modest, with a no frills... More

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