9 Pell Street, New York City, New York, 10013
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, Singles, People watching
Expert review of Joe’s Shanghai
New York’s Chinatown has a number of inexpensive tasty restaurants but when my Chinese friends take me out for the best Shanghai-style soup dumplings in town we always make the pilgrimage to Joe’s. Joe's is a New York institution. The small chain began in Queens in 1995. In addition to the original location and the Chinatown outpost, there are now branches in Midtown Manhattan as well as Japan.
These little dough balls known as Xiao Long Bao (“little dumplings from basket”) are filled with pork or crab and have become a city legend - and once you pop one of the tender bundles filled with spicy broth into your mouth you’ll understand why. Also recommended is dim sum on the weekends, though you may have to wait for a table. The rest of the dishes are only so so.
It is nothing particular, with bright lighting and cavernous rooms. But that’s not the point, the dumplings are!
The staff are actually very nice and if you get lucky a few servers go above and beyond the call of duty, both in terms of getting you seated and explaining the menu.
There is a Joe’s uptown but I don’t think it’s as authentic. This is the neighborhood called Chinatown after all.
Main courses are from US$10.95 but eight pork dumplings, the reason you came, are only $4.95. That’s .61 a dumpling and excellent value.
There are no reservations and if it’s crowded you may even have to share with other people.
There are other branches in Midtown (24 West 56th Street; 212 333 3868) and Flushing, Queens (136-21 37th Avenue; 718 539 3838).
More information on Joe’s Shanghai:
- Price guide:
- 9 Pell Street, New York City, New York, 10013
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sun 11am-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Cheap eats, Takeaway