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Ala Shanghai

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468 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham, NY 12110-3231
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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New York
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101 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is a small restaurant and it pays to come early but the food is delicious and service super fast. You never wait long for your order and the food is super yummy and nicely decorated.

Thank Nele73
Santa Monica, California
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98 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Closest thing to the Chinese food I've eaten in China. Great menu, delicious food and wonderful service.

Thank Terri S
Saratoga Springs, New York
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

We have now been here 3 times, once with a large group and twice as just two. One of the early indications that this was going to be really good Chinese is that more than 1/2 the diners were Asian. In fact in total over our 3 visits the average has been higher. The service is prompt, the food is... More 

Thank ace091
Niskayuna, New York
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

This is not your run of the mill Chinese Restaurant. It ranges from dishes easily recognized to selections such as Pork soup Dumplings which have luscious broth inside, to pea greens lightly sautéed, & Steamed whole Flounder. We also had the more traditional Orange Beef with a touch of hot peppers. The offerings will satisfy both the comfort zone of... More 

Thank Aud542
Porto, Portugal
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Nice finding between NY and Montreal. At first sight the exterior is not very appellative. The food though is great and we saw many asian people which is always a good sign when talking of a chinese restaurant. We tried two of the season special, one of them with a delicious crispy rice. For one starter, two main dishes and... More 

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Albany, New York
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

If you are looking for good, authentic Chinese food, nothing like the local take-out place, this is the restaurant for you. One of the must have items are the soup dumpling dim sum. There are only a few restaurants in the area that even offer dim sum, but they are exceptional here. On one visit, we just had dim sum... More 

Thank Beantownguest
Boston, Massachusetts
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143 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

I'm surprised by all the great reviews about this place. We decided to order dinner because of the reviews and were completely led astray. We called in the order for takeout. Perhaps it is because we have lived in Asia or because we have also lived in more diverse cities, but the food was poor compared to other Chinese food... More 

Thank Sarah J
Tampa, Florida
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We walked in as a party of 9 on a Sunday lunchtime. They immediately set up a table in a quiet corner and took care of our order with great kindness (5 kids!) and all executed perfectly. If you want some great soup dumplings and peking duck, this is your place!

Thank Erin K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

There are Chinese restaurants and buffets all over the place but this one stands alone as the best one in our region..Everything is so fresh and delicious.

Thank Barry F
Albany, New York
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238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

On recommendation of one person in our party, our group met for lunch at Shanghai. The lunch menu offers a nice variety of dishes but it seemed cheap to charge extra for soup since most Chinese restaurants offer soup with their lunch deals. We paid for it and the Hot & Sour was tasty and spicy. Everyone enjoyed their meals.

Thank Sheila L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?