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New Green Bo - not bad, but doesn't live up to hype

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Lau Jun 9, 2007 05:36 PM

I went to New Green Bo a couple weekends ago as i decided to try it again (its been a couple years since i've been there), i always thought it was okay, but not even close to the hype (same thing this time). Generally, the food is fine and i guess good for shanghainese in the city (which is generally bad), but i dont understand the hype around the place.

- sheng jian bao (fried tiny buns) - fairly good although i prefer them more crispy on the bottom, i think moon house's across the street are light year's better
- zha jiang mian (noodles in brown meat sauce) - terrible, this was a really poor rendition, very bland
- spicy cold cabbage - this was good, i guess this is hard to mess up, but it was a nice complement to the meal
- sauteed string beans - these were sauteed and had some type of pickle, i asked the waiter and he told me it was some type of sichuan pickle, i think its similar to this kind i buy at dynasty that comes in this jar. not great, but did the job
- yellow fish with seaweed - these are kind of like fried fish sticks, actually they are fried fish stick; while they're kind of heavy, they were pretty good with some chili oil

overall, i gave i give it a 6 or 6.5 out of 10. Didn't really change my views on the place, not bad for chinatown, but just decent on an overall basis.

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    jdream RE: Lau Jun 10, 2007 07:35 AM

    Have you tried the soup dumplings or the eggplant in garlic sauce with minced pork or the scallion pancakes? In my opinion those dishes are what makes the trip there worthwhile.

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      Lau RE: jdream Jun 10, 2007 07:50 AM

      ive had them there before and i remember thinking they were fine, but nothing crazy. Maybe ill stop by again to have them as a quick snack

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        wadawada RE: jdream Jun 10, 2007 08:07 PM

        I would NOT recommend New Green Bo for anything! The soup dumpling were mediocre, the scallion pancakes were flavorless (the ones we had didn't even contain scallions) and the service was bad. I really don't understand why people still line up for this restaurant. IMO, Joe Shanghai's crab soup dumplings still rule in Chinatown although not much else they have is worth the wait. In Chinatown, I usually restaurant-hop -- start with Joe's dumplings and string beans and then move on to another restaurant for the remainder of the meal. Choices are either NY Noodletown for wontons and congee or to Cong Ly for pho, summer rolls, and porkchop over rice.

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        MIKELOCK34 RE: Lau Jun 10, 2007 07:42 AM

        We agree completely. We recently had lunch there for the first time. We usually go to New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe. The service was rude and unattentive. The pancake was dripping with grease, the lobster cantonese was completely tasteless, the dumplings looked as though they had been cooked from frozen several hours before they were served to us, and the cold sesame noodles were very bland. The dumplings were very thick skinned and super rubbery. The juice in the dumplings was grease not stock as they are across the street. Very poor experience.

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          Ora RE: MIKELOCK34 Jun 10, 2007 07:53 PM

          I ate there recently and had a very similiar experience to yours Mike. I was not at all impressed with the food. The soup dumplings didnt have much soup in them and the service was rude and there was HUGE language barrier. I will not return.

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            jdream RE: Ora Jun 11, 2007 12:30 PM

            To each his own... I agree the service is rude and the place isn't attractive-- that doesn't bother me much, personally. I want to Yeah across the street for another perspective and didn't like anything there nearly as much. Never had super greasy or flavorless scallion pancakes and the dumplings are always great because the skin ISN'T thick. Now admittedly I haven't been there in a few months, I have a hard time imaging that changed that much since then. Either way, sorry for your bad experience. As for me, my one experience at Noodletown was VERY mediocre, at best. Everything flavorless and bland. But I guess these different opinions are what keeps them all open...

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              MikeFree9 RE: jdream Jun 12, 2007 01:52 PM

              I like New Green Bo. The soup dumplings are good, as are the fried dumplings (which I actually prefer). I'm also a big fan of the scallion pancakes. The service is very Chinese, brusk and brisk, but I wouldn't say rude.

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          mimi222 RE: Lau Oct 14, 2010 11:17 AM

          I had the regular pork dumplings and the vegetable dumplings. I loved the filling of both but the dough was kind of thick and chewy. So only the fried dumplings are recommended there?

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            MacGuffin RE: Lau Jan 11, 2011 01:16 PM

            I was in Chinatown earlier today and decided to give the much-lauded scallion pancakes a shot. I found them very mediocre. The scallions were few and far between and the bread itself was so-so. They were in no way superior to the scallion pancakes I've eaten in any other restaurant I've patronized in the last 30 or so years and they were inferior to many. To add insult to injury, they neglected to include dipping sauce with my (take-out) order.

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