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Soup Dumplings/ Joe's

namreb Apr 19, 2009 05:12 PM

Taking my family to Chinatown this week to experience the pork/crab soup dumplings......

I love Joe's.....but i am not crazy about the other dishes..... Is there any other restaurant down in CTown that serves great soup dumplings and offers better entrees? We would really like to have some peking duck as well/ Perhaps we have to just go to a few restaurants....?

Any suggestions?


  1. Chandavkl Apr 19, 2009 06:11 PM

    I think the board is migrating towards Shanghai Cafe on Mott, north of Canal. XLB is better and lots of other good choices on the menu.

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    1. re: Chandavkl
      silencespeak Apr 19, 2009 07:26 PM

      My experience with shanghai cafe's food quality wasn't all that great. Granted, I only went once, though it honestly wasn't nearly as tasty as Joe's.

      1. re: silencespeak
        DarthEater Apr 19, 2009 07:42 PM

        What did you order that wasn't so great?

        1. re: DarthEater
          silencespeak Apr 20, 2009 05:59 AM

          XLB, chicken with broccolli. The XLB didn't seem well crafted, both the skin and the soup wasn't all too flavorful. The sauce for the chicken and broccolli was also poor quality, what one would find in a poor corner chinese shop. I'm open to giving it another shot, as many people like it here, but that experience was really poor.

          1. re: silencespeak
            DarthEater Apr 21, 2009 12:20 AM

            Chicken with broccoli is a dish I would get in a Cantonese restaurant. I usually order the Shanghainese dishes when i'm there.

      2. re: Chandavkl
        ExFlexitarian Apr 19, 2009 10:11 PM

        Shanghai Cafe gets my vote for XLB. I'm actually hesitant to plug them publicly... I don't want to see stupidly long lines there like you see at Joe's

        1. re: ExFlexitarian
          Chandavkl Apr 19, 2009 10:31 PM

          Shanghai Cafe is not exactly a secret. It's pretty crowded, too.

          1. re: Chandavkl
            scoopG Apr 20, 2009 03:56 AM

            Absolutely. And they do not take reservations, even for a large group.

            1. re: Chandavkl
              scoopG Apr 20, 2009 04:01 AM

              Correct - and they do not take reservations.

          2. re: Chandavkl
            namreb Apr 20, 2009 06:32 AM

            thanks! Im assuming that XLB is crab /pork soup dumplings?

            any suggestions on peking duck


            1. re: namreb
              kathryn Apr 20, 2009 08:50 AM

              XLB = xiao long bao = soup dumplings

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            foodonmymind Apr 20, 2009 06:04 AM

            New york noodle town is very good and around the corner from Joe's. All the roast meats are very good. I also like the salt baked shrimp and any of the flowering chive dishes...

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            1. re: foodonmymind
              Pan Apr 20, 2009 09:28 PM

              I am a long-time regular at Noodletown, but it is a Cantonese restaurant, not Shanghainese, and does not serve xiao long bao. Dumplings in soup != soup dumplings.

            2. Miss Needle Apr 20, 2009 06:49 AM

              I'm probably the minority here. But I actually prefer the xiao long bao at Joe's over Shanghai Cafe because the skins are thinner at Joe's. But I've found the rest of the menu better at Shanghai.

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              1. re: Miss Needle
                michele cindy Apr 20, 2009 07:10 AM

                I'm in with you Miss Needle. My thoughts exactly. Although I do like the turnip cakes better at Joes.

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