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“worth the wait” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Joe's Shanghai

Joe's Shanghai
9 Pell St., New York City, NY 10013 (Chinatown)
(212) 233-8888
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Ranked #1,333 of 11,777 Restaurants in New York City
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
Vernon, CT
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“worth the wait”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

A couple friends and I went to Joe's Shanghai for dinner on a Saturday night. We ended up having to wait about an hour to be seated. Seating is at communal tables (so you will likely end up sitting with strangers unless you have a large group), and the restaurant is crowded, loud, and chaotic. HOWEVER... the food is absolutely worth it. The soup pork dumplings were the best I have had. The entrees we had were also delicious. In addition to the delicious food, the value is great, with incredibly affordable prices.

Note: this location is cash only

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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135 reviews 135 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Great food in an absolute madhouse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Sit down, order your drink fast along with your choice of dumpling appetizer and no oft gets hurt! ;) This restaurant has communal seating at big tables serving up excellent food in a manic noisy dining area where you must shout to be heard. Suck it up, buttercup and enjoy the frantic fun Joe's offers because the dumplings are to die for!

Tip: Get the dumpling with your soup spoon, nibble a hole the edge of the wonton so the soup drains into your spoon; otherwise you will burn your mouth.

Great service in the Lee Ho Fook tradition (all business, no schmooze) but my glass never was empty and they were attentive in their own way.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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The South
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“A ton of food and a great value!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We arrived at Joe's on a Friday for lunch, around 12:30pm. We had to wait for a table, they told us 10 minutes, we waited about 20, outside on the sidewalk as there's no room to wait in the restaurant. There were 6 in our party so we didn't have to share a table. We had the crab and pork dumplings, very good (super temperature hot, beware! I burned my mouth!), shrimp fried rice, sesame chicken and General Tso's chicken. Plenty of food for the 6 of us and only $75 including tip, cheap for New York City! Service was good, not incredibly friendly but fast and our water glasses were never empty. This was our second visit to Joe's and we'll definitely come back on our next visit to Manhattan!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sugar Land
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300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
“Fun dumplings, crowded & noisy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

My husband is Taiwanese and makes wonderful dumplings, so we enjoy trying dumplings whenever possible. Joe's Shanghai deserves its high rating for tasty dumplings, especially their signature soup pork dumplings. No reservations, and the Chinatown location can be a bit hard to find, plus it is cash only. Be prepared to wait and be seated at a large table with strangers. This wasn't a problem for us and my Asian NYC friend. There is a large menu, with many appetizer, soup, and entrée choices, with very large portions. Shrimp dumplings and onion pancakes were excellent, and the shrimp noodle dish and lions head meatballs were also delicious. Prices were reasonable. I would consider coming back here and highly recommend it if you are a dumpling lover.

Visited May 2014
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“very good chinese food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

In the heart of Chinatown, food quality was very good. Service was brusque but efficient. Dim sum is a must-very good. You may share a table, as we did. Worked out fine, we even shared our dishes with the tablemate.

Visited June 2014
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