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Joe's Shanghai
Joe's Shanghai

Joe's Shanghai

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9 Pell St., New York City, NY 10013
(212) 233-8888
http://www.joeshanghairestaurants.com
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The first Joe's Shanghai was founded in Flushing, New York in 1995. Immediately our two special soup dumplings, crab pork meat became a New York favorite. Other special dishes includes Spicy Szechuan ... Read more
Style Sliced Beef; Crispy Jumbo Prawns with Lime Sauce; Braised Duck, Braised Pork Shoulders and not to mention our different varieties of cold cuts like Wine Chicken; Shanghai Fried Bean Curd; Braised Sliced Beef.

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Local from New York City, New York State, USA

The BEST in NYC spot for soup dumplings. Interior isn't that great but you are here for the food, not the ambiance. I've ordered the noodles before but they were pretty standard noodles, just ok. Stick to the soup dumplings.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Joe's Shanghai is famous for their soup dumplings, and I can verify that they were the best soup dumplings I've had so far. The usual long line outside can be intimidating, but they seat you fairly fast. However, keep in mind that it's located in Chinatown so bring cash!!

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Seattle, Washington, USA

Hands down the BEST soup dumplings I've ever had! So much hot soup inside and the skins are very thin. We ordered 3 other noodle dishes that did not disappoint but I would pass on the green onion pancakes. There was a long line of people waiting outside but it moved quickly. Cash only.

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West Covina

I came here for lunch. i do love their xiao long bao and they have great deals on other dishes

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The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

Head to Joe's Shanghai Restaurant for the soup dumplings, or Xiao Long Bao. Take note, they are not called either on the menu. They seat you at communal round tables and we actually had to ask our neighbors what they are actually called on the menu. It's the first and second items on the appetizer menu and they are called buns.

We got an order of the crab ones which come with 8. They are absolutely amazing. If you come here, just stick to ordering these. This is what they are most famous are and this is where they shine. They also have a pork version.

We also ordered a beef noodle soup and the scallion pancake. The soup was just okay. The scallion pancake was nice though and that's pretty cheap.

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West Orange, New Jersey

Delicious food and large family style portions. I came here multiple times with friends and the food never disappoints.

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Local from New York City, New York State, USA

If you’ve never had soup dumplings before, this is the place to try them. No, not dumplings in soup - dumplings with soup INSIDE them. The delicious hot dumplings are bursting with flavor and are only about $5 for 8 dumplings. There are a few other places around Chinatown where you can get these dumplings without the long wait for a seat, but no other place beats the taste of Joe’s Shanghai. These big guys will fill you up all on their own but if you’re still craving more, try the scallion pancake. Perfection!

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Los Angeles, California, USA

The wrap here is different! But still delicious. Was not disappointed. The only downfall was that the venue was small

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Brisbane, Australia

Cheap and tasty. An excellent option in Chinatown for some excellent dim sum. It is relatively small, but they are hyper efficient so you won't have to wait long.

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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Loved it!

The juicy pork dumplings were one of the best I've had. There were plenty of soup inside each dumpling. I enjoyed it so much I came back before heading back to LA! The crab & pork were good too but I would just stick to the pork ones. Get the pea sprouts with garlic. It's delicious! All tables are communal. You will be seated with strangers! And it's crowded. I wouldn't recommend coming here with a big group unless you have an hour to wait around.

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New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

You must try the soup buns here when you come to nyc or Chinatown! The buns are delicious and cheap! Make sure you eat it the right way. Bite a small hole on the bun, drink the soup (watch out, it's hot), and devour the entire soup bun. And repeat! The stir fry noodles and scallion pancakes are also very well made!

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Alexandria

Really good. We got the pork soup dumplings. Thought the broth was a little salty. We were seated at a table a couple who was in the middle of their meal. I would think this was pretty strange, but it got us to our food quicker and we just didn't interact.

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San Jose

Crab and pork soup dumplings are really worth trying! Very inexpensive as well.

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Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

One of my favorite restaurants in New York City. The atmosphere is quite a friendly and welcoming environment. The tables are large enough that another party will most likely sit with you. The soup dumplings are an absolute must! Try the crispy jumbo prawns if you like shrimp and for a vegetable, try the szechuan string beans.

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Santa Clara

I have high hope for this place after reading some of the articles and food blogs talking about their Xiao Long Bao. After trying their crab and pork XLB (or the Crab Meat with Pork Meat Steamed Buns as they call it on the English Menu), I have to agree they even rival some of the best restaurants in Asia. Not the best I have had in the States but close enough.

5 Stars for the extraordinary Xiao Long Bao. At most 3 Stars for the rest of the stuff I tried. Peking Style Minced Pork Noodle was too sweet. The noodle had good texture but the sauce really didn't compliment it. Fried Rice Cake was tasty for the first couple bites but the greasiness made it hard to consume.

For my next visit I might just skip everything else and fill myself up with dozens of XLBs.

This place is extremely busy so prepare to wait. This is also a not comfortable place where you can sit down, relax and have a nice conversation going with your friends. People come here for the food and not the ambiance. Don't be too surprised if you have to dine with strangers on the same table.

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Bucharest, Romania
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This place is the perfect antidote to cure my Shanghai nostalgia. The pork soup dumplings are some of the best I've ever had and the overall communal feel of sharing a table with complete strangers instantly transported me into a local restaurant on Nanjing Road. Expect some lines; yes, the food is that good!

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San Francisco, California

Good Shanghai soup dumplings are tough to find. Really tough. There are so many factors that all have to symbiotically exist to make a really good 'xiao long bao': (1) very thin but very strong wrapper, (2) tasty and tender meat, and most importantly, (3) lots of piping hot, oily soup inside. The best Shanghai soup dumplings I've ever had were either at Din Tai Fung in Taipei or a night market in Shanghai. I've never found Shanghai soup dumplings in America that have ever compared to ones in Shanghai or Taiwan... until now. Joe's Shanghai is the closest you'll ever find to what Shanghai dumplings should taste like.

We ordered the crab and pork shanghai dumplings -- steaming hot and each filled with tons of scorching, tasty soup. The crab was better than pork -- just because there's so much more flavor (I love how they use yellow internal parts of the crab). Beware, this yellow stuff is a cholesterol monster, but delicious as hell. You can choose your own fate. I'm not a nutritionist, I'm just a fat ass.

The other stuff we ordered was good, but not great. Stir-fried string beans and pan-fried noodles were all good side items, but nowhere in the same league as the XLB main event. In fact, I can't really see people coming to Joe's Shanghai to eat anything else other than the Shanghai dumplings.

Service was decent for a Chinese joint. When I think of Chinese service, I think of rude assholes. When I think of New York service, I think of rude assholes. So when I thought about them put together, I was expecting to get stabbed in the eye with a fortune cookie by a 80-year-old Chinese lady. Glad to see that I was unharmed.

All in all, Joe's Shanghai has some of the best Shanghai soup dumplings I've ever tasted, while the other dishes I tried all pale in comparison. Definitely a must-try, however, in NYC.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Always a delicious meal at joes. Soup dumplings and whatever else you want will be great.

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Chatham, Ontario
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we went for lunch here....the dim sum is crazy good....you must order the pork and crab dumplings!!!!! the eggplant and garlic is my personal favourite and they do it justice here! The seating is unique in that if there is room at your table you likely will get guests sitting with you....but that is cool we met a great couple and their baby girl!...food is hot and delicious....and served very fast...the turn over is high here but they do not rush you at all.....we were told good thing we got there at 11 and they were right,,,by noon the line up was down the street....

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San Carlos, California

It's a must go every time I visit NYC. Only because there is no other place that I can find that has that much soup in a dumpling in the United States. And they never fail to meet my expectations!

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