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Soup Dumplings in Chinatown

My daughter is addicted to Soup Dumplings from Joe's Ginger on Pell St. The one time I went there with her, the 'soup' was too fatty and rancid. True, it may just have been an off day, but there has to be better in Chinatown. Suggestions?

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  1. Thats why it closed down. Personally, I enjoy Yeah shanghai delux (bayard street) and Shanghai cafe(mott st).

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    1. re: csw

      I second Yeah Shanghai Deluxe for soup dumplings.

    2. The shrimp soup dumplings at NYNoodletown.

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      1. re: serious

        Those aren't soup dumplings (xiaolong bao); they're dumplings IN soup.

      2. Joes Shanghai is the best, this is an objective known fact. In my opinion at least.

        By the way those shrimp wontons at NY noodle town are really really good.

        I tried Shanghai cafe with my cousin, at least i think so. Does it have red checkered table cloths? I thought there dumplings were decent for dumplings, but in the realm of soup dumplings did not compare to Joe's Shanghai(which also has amazing, shanghai noodles, and salt and pepper shrimp)

        1. i second Joe's Shanghai. I always get a whole order of soup dumplings just for myself. But be careful- those suckers are boiling hot and there is potential for sqirting hot soup on the person sitting next to you (whom you may or may not know due to their seating policy).

          their green beans and orange beef are also delicious.

          1. Sadly, I have to also second Joe's Shanghai as one of the best despite their horrendous service and overly crowded establishment. I really enjoy New Green Bo and Yeah Shanghai Deluxe as a solid alternative with other authentic dishes to boot.

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            1. re: Foodaholic

              I never had a huge problem with service at Joes Shanghai. Just make sure you immidieatley ask for an order of crab and pork when you sit down. Also try and establish a rappor with one of the waiters.
              By they way these are the ultimate hangover food!!
              Unfortunately you occasionally get batches that are a little dryed out.

              1. re: gastrognome

                I've never had a problem with service either. oh wait, there is one problem. You need to be careful so that they won't take the steamer away too soon. I like the cabbage they lay down under the dumplings and if you're not careful that will disappear in a second. That cabbage soaks up a lot of juices during the steaming which makes it a tasty treat (much like with corned beef). Of course, the dumplings are the main attraction and if the cabbage vanishes after you've thoroughly enjoyed the dumplings, well... it's not a total loss. I haven't found a thinner, more delicate skin anywhere in chinatown yet. Sure, I've had some delicious soup dumplings but none have had that skin!

                1. re: gastrognome

                  I think most popular Chinatown establishments have RUSHED service occasionally and this types of places may startle those who are used to a slower hustle and bustle thats all. The service isn't terrible as long as you're used to it I suppose.

                  The waiters there I've noticed remove things very quickly from the table (may not be finished either), "wait" nearby for people finish so they can clear the tables for other people who are waiting, and bang/clang the table occasionally when cutting around to avoid the human traffic.

                  1. re: gastrognome

                    Love the dumplings, but the service is usually poor. They always ask if we want the dumplings and once when we didn't order them we got a "hurrrrumph" from the waiter. Hard to establish rapport, especially when it's busy.

                    But when you go to a place like that with crowded community tables and zero ambiance, you go for the food not the service.

                    All the noodle dishes I've tried have been very good, as well as the salt and pepper shrimp. Their hot and sour soup is Shanghai style, so expect a few surprises.

                  2. re: Foodaholic

                    Joe's Shanghai is decent, but I'm going to argue for New Green Bo after many (many.) taste tests - go and enjoy...

                    1. re: theannerska

                      ive heard the New Green Bo hypothesis floated around several times. I tried their soupers and was not really impressed. I will go back again, when I am in the states next and give them another chance. As of yet nothing has beaten a good batch of Joe's finest.

                  3. shanghai cafe much betta than joes.

                    1. POTsticker:
                      Is shanghai cafe a little corner spot with red checkered table clothes? If so my cousin was also convinced that they have better Soup Dumplings. He dragged me and my parents there, and we found the dumplings to taste okay if they were supposed to be normal dumplings. But they had little soup in them, and the filling was fairly mediocre, as was all the other food we tried. The whole expierience was rather upsetting as it seemed to suggest that my cousin, and his brother, who he had also managed to convince of Shanghai Cafe's dumpling prowess, were dillusional.
                      My cousin has since changed his story to suggest he only considers the other food at Shanghai cafe superior to Joe's and that Joe's has better soup dumplings.He also claims we would not let him order properly from Shanghais more obscure items.

                      The whole thing is very controversial within my family and circle of friends. At one end of the spectrum is my naysaying cousin who hates on places just because the masses adore them and on the other side is a contingency of Joe's fascists,including my brother and his girlfriend, who believe that it is only worth eating at Joe's when in China Town,(besides maybe an occasional trip to NY Noodletown for softshell crabs, and crispy pig) Personally I enjoy Joe's dumplings, especially when hung over, but also like to venture out to many other china town spots when I want something besides soup dumplings, or salt and pepper shrimp.

                      Not sure if were allowed to do this, but I have a blog @ gastrosphere.blogspot.com

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                      1. re: gastrognome

                        That sounds like Shanghai Cuisine (Bayard and Mulberry). Shanghai Cafe is on Mott north of Canal.

                      2. Shanghai Cafe has soup dumplings just as good as Joe's, but with much nicer atmosphere. The prices are pretty good too. I also love the noodles with meat sauce there. Tasty and filling for only $3.50! Awesome green tea smoothies too.

                        1. I've gotta vote for New Green Bo--been going there for years. I have to say I haven't tried everywhere in chinatown but I've tried quite a few and none have surpassed NGB.

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                          1. re: Manhattan4Life

                            we had a good experience at Goody's the other night, but I havent had soup dumplings elsewhere recently to compare. They offer three kinds, seafood, pork and crab and port - we liked our pork and crab - the crab flavor was noticeable, soup good and skin thin, but Id be interested in hearing what others think.
                            Other dishes were competent, liked their thick homemade noodles, and saw other goodlooking food go by.

                            1. re: jen kalb

                              i haven't been to goody's in a few years, but it was excellent when i was there. the soup dumplings were delicious and the pork shoulder was one of those memorably fantastic dishes that you get every so often if you're lucky. i'm always surprised that they don't get more notice.
                              although i've had some great meals there, i've never been a fan of the soup dumplings at ngb.

                              1. re: jen kalb

                                Goodys is not good in my opinion. Went there 2 months ago and nothing was fresh, over salted, overstarched sauces, and buns were leaking so there was barely any in the last couple of pieces. Maybe it was off day on a thursday evening but the other 7 dishes was lacking enough to dismiss this off my list.

                                1. re: csw

                                  I second Goody's not being good. But in terms of price I think its the cheapest soup dumplings you can get. But you get what you pay for.