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Review of Joe's Shanghai

Joe's Shanghai
Ranked #386 of 13,938 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Chinese, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Reviewed November 1, 2013

With so many reviews, your dining experience suffers little surprise : everything was as described by many other happy reviewers. It may not be the perfect place for a romantic dinner, but our whole family liked it.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

The food here is very good. Quite a bit of choices, it comes really fast to your table (making me wonder how great they manage in the kitchen, giving that the place is full and the number of choices quite big), Price is correct.

It's not a luxury place; it's a good restaurant for a quick-ish lunch if you are a tourist or between business meetings, so it has to be evaluated as such.

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

My tastebuds tell me it is not. Although I am no expert in Xiaolongbao (XLB) but the combination of the wrapping and inside (especially during the hairy crab season when I had the crab roe XLB in Shanghai), it was no comparison.

But for NYC, short of traveling to Shanghai, I think it is worth at least once to trek to Chinatown and give this a try.

Based on the numerous high ratings on TA as well as the other foodie website, I came to this nondescript place on Pell street on a weekday around 1pm and was whisked right in for a party of 2.

Of course, one should not expect to have a table all by themselves given the fact there are a lot of patrons both from local and out of town all aiming to have the same famous dishes. Sharing of table is a given (just like many places in HongKong) so the restaurant can pack in as many people as possible. But that is ok, it might even enhance the experience.

Looking around there are plenty obligatory Celebrities on the Wall photos, the restaurant seats probably close to hundred, all in cramped space. The waiter just assumed everyone came here for their XLB and started the conversation with "Dumplings"? Indeed most do.

Ours came in about 10 minutes and it was pretty good, though I wish they put more shredded ginger in my dark vinegar dipping. The wrapping has the proper thickness and chewiness, inside the flavor was not as complex as the ones I had in Shanghai, but it is doable. As for other dishes they were not memorable.

Overall it was a decent meal, service was efficient to ensure high turnover. The best part is the price, at $5-7 for 8 dumplings it is downright cheap for NY.

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

People who live or work in the area know that Joe's has terrific food, so you will need to go off hours to avoid a long wait. We have lunch at Joe's between 11:00 and 11:30 AM.

Joe's introduced the soup dumpling, filled with either pork or crab, to NYC and there isn't a better tasting dumpling anywhere. There is a technique to eating these dumplings. The dumpling must be placed on a soup spoon, the top opened somewhat to allow steam to escape and the ginger/soy sauce to be dropped in to be mixed with the soup. Wait a moment to allow it to cool. Pierce the dumpling by biting the side of it and sip the wonderful soup through the opening. Then eat the dumpling skin and pork or crab contents. It is wonderful

The last time we brought out-of -towners to Joe's, they commented, "Ah, so this is what General Tso's chicken is supposed to taste like. We have not had a bad dish at Joe's ever, from the pan-fried noodles with vegetables or shrimp to the shredded pork with dried bean curd. It is all great.

Be prepared to share a table with other diners and the service is hectic. You have to ask for water and rice. But it is all worth it. If you are visiting NYC and going anywhere near Chinatown, be sure to get to Joe's Shanghai.

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Reviewed October 29, 2013

This restaurant is always packed no mater what day of the week or what time of day. They have some of the best soup dumping I have ever had. They are reasonable however they are cash only.

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