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Sep 26, 2006 05:04 PM

Chinatown sub for Joe's Shanghai that takes reservations

Forgive me in advance for being ignorant about the variety of chinese cuisines.

I'm trying to plan a birthday dinner for my husband and a group of friends. My husband asked speficially for Joe's Shanghai, but they don't take reservations for a party our size. I don't want to have to wait in those long lines on a Saturday night.

Any suggestions for a Chinatown restaurant that takes reservations? We're just looking for good basic chinese food -- and by that, I mean the kind you find in most American - Chinese restaurants.

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  1. Most restaurants don't take reservations unless you are going for the chinese banquet menu or have about 8+ people. You can also try going at 6pm if your party is smaller.

    1. Unfortunately, I'm not sure of any restaurants in the area that take reservations specifically. Other substitutions for Joe's Shanghai that serve very good soup dumplings along with other Chinese dishes are:

      New Green Bo (Shanghainese)
      Yeah Shanghai Deluxe (Shanghainese)
      Joe's Ginger (Same company as Joe's Shanghai)

      I agree with the early evening suggestion, its easier and significantly less crowded.

      1. I agree with the other replies. However, if you get there early, you may be able to get a whole table (which seats 8?). I've seen a group of people at New Green Bo for birthdays before. Good luck.

        1. Oriental Garden took my reservation for 3 last month. They are strong on seafood.

          1. Thanks to everyone who replied. I'm going with New Green Bo. They took my reservation for 8!

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            1. re: BrooklynSusan

              New Green Bo takes reservations but does not honor them. You get there and if nobody is around they seat you, if it is full you wait like everyone else.

              1. re: houston

                Do they really not honor the reservation, or are they like many Chinese restaurants where the reservation puts you at the top of the list for the first open table?