Joe’s Shanghai

Address: 9 Pell Street, New York City, 10013, United States
Telephone: 212-233-8888

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3.2

A Chinatown institution for soup dumplings and dim sum.

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.

Food and drink
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Service
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Food and drink
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Value for money
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Ambience
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Location
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Food and drink

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.

Ambience

It is nothing particular, with bright lighting and cavernous rooms. But that’s not the point, the dumplings are!

Service

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.

 

Location

There is a Joe’s uptown but I don’t think it’s as authentic. This is the neighborhood called Chinatown after all.

 

Price advice

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.

Tables to book

There are no reservations and if it’s crowded you may even have to share with other people.

Branches

There are other branches in Midtown (24 West 56th Street; 212 333 3868) and Flushing, Queens (136-21 37th Avenue; 718 539 3838).

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Singles
  • People watching

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