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Shanghai Asian Cuisine on Elizabeth Street

bearmi Jul 6, 2009 05:08 PM

Has anyone been to Shanghai Asian Cuisine (It's called "上海小館" in Chinese) at 14A Elizabeth Street? It's near the entrance to Chinatown Arcade from the Elizabeth Street side.... (If you stand on Elizabeth Street, it's between Cantoon Garden and Oriental Carden). I walked past it yesterday afternoon and it looked pretty busy, but I wasn't sure if the food is good (as we all know, just because a place is popular doesn't mean the food is good). In case any one of you have been there, can you please share your experience with me? Thank you!

Shanghai Asian Cuisine
14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. scoopG RE: bearmi Jul 6, 2009 06:41 PM

    Not since they changed hands. I think it was called Shanghai Garden before.

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      Chandavkl RE: scoopG Jul 6, 2009 07:01 PM

      You're right, it was Shanghai Garden and all I remember was some pretty good Shanghai style noodles.

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      bearmi RE: bearmi Jul 6, 2009 07:23 PM

      I see. Thanks for the info. I will have to check it out and see if it's worth a visit.

      1. bigjeff RE: bearmi Jul 7, 2009 01:55 AM

        never ate there, although I always walk by on the way to new malaysia. also never ate at the hong-kong style fusion snack place with the old school seating; just never felt seriously compelled to go in. and, don't usually eat at the chinese restaurant at the bowery end of the arcade.

        should I be eating at any of these places?

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          squid kun RE: bigjeff Jul 7, 2009 02:09 AM

          I'd give the one at the Bowery end another shot. They make nice clay pot rice casseroles. I like the one with beef and egg. Comforting, if not life-changing. If you order to go, you get a free clay pot.

          Roast meats are prominently displayed, so they might be good too, though I haven't tried them.

          Yummy Noodles
          48 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

          1. re: squid kun
            scoopG RE: squid kun Jul 7, 2009 08:03 AM

            They added some new menu menu items in March among other changes:

          2. re: bigjeff
            bearmi RE: bigjeff Jul 7, 2009 05:27 AM

            Thanks guys.

            I have been to the HK Style restaurant there. It's called "Coluck" or something like that. The food is ok and I remember the price was really low. I think they had stuff like rice plates and some noodle dishes and omlette, etc. I don't think you have missed out much...

            I have had the roast duck at Yummy Noodles a few times. It's good. I haven't been back for a while the last few (~5) years though.... For some reason I just don't eat much roast meats these days....

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              Lau RE: bearmi Jul 7, 2009 09:27 AM

              coluck is whatever (its called like #1 chinese restaurant or something like that in chinese)....its that HK style western food (alot of breakfast stuff); I went once and thought it was whatever; kinda greasy and not so good

              Yummy Noodle House is one of the better restaurants in ctown...they have menu similar to a big wong's type place except they specialize in bo zai fan (clay pot rice) and they do it very well (it tastes very similar to what you get in asia); I personally like the pork and salted fish cake, I also usually get la chang (chinese sausage) added. Also like their soy sauce chicken (jiang you ji / si yau gai). The other thing with bo zai fan is that no matter how much of that dark soy sauce (its different than regular soy sauce) you put on it never really seems like its too much

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                bearmi RE: Lau Jul 7, 2009 05:32 PM

                Based on the recommendation of a coworker, I used to visit Yummy Noodles often.. until one day about 5 years ago, I went there and ordered Chinese broccoli. After taking a few bites, I pulled out a yarn out of my dish and I basically stopped eating my meal from that moment on. Haven't been back there since then. Don't get me wrong, the food is good but it was a semi-traumatic experience that I went through...

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                  KTinNYC RE: bearmi Jul 7, 2009 05:53 PM

                  I understand your hesitation to return but I'm willing to bet the "yarn" that was in your gai lan came from the string that often is used to bind vegetables in Chinatown. I'm not making excuses but it's happened to me at home.

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                    bearmi RE: KTinNYC Jul 7, 2009 07:03 PM

                    That's exactly what I thought it was... Honestly, it can happen anywhere...I won't be surprised if I find something like that at other places I eat.

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                    Lau RE: bearmi Jul 7, 2009 06:25 PM

                    yeah i hear you...i think i just got over the cleanliness thing a while ago, but that is a bit ridiculous

                    for the sake of food, you should try it again if it doesn't bother you too much...that place is actually pretty good

                    1. re: Lau
                      bearmi RE: Lau Jul 7, 2009 07:05 PM

                      I hear you. I am going to check it out again one of those days. From what I remember, their roast duck was quite good!

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              Lau RE: bearmi Jul 7, 2009 09:23 AM

              ive seen it many times, but now that I think of it I never even thought to walk in...maybe worth someone checking it out

              yelp has some reviews on it: http://www.yelp.com/biz/shanghai-gard...

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                bearmi RE: Lau Jul 7, 2009 05:28 PM

                Yeah.. it's one of those places that you walk past then you never go in.... I think one of the reason was that I could peek into their kitchen while I walk through Chinatown Arcade and it looked kind of scary... but I can't guarantee that other places in Chinatown (or outside of Chinatown) have cleaner kitchen.. ha..

              2. AppleSister RE: bearmi Sep 14, 2009 08:55 PM

                I just ate here this past Saturday for "Shanghainese dim sum," as described by my Cantonese-speaking friend. It was delicious! I especially loved the cold pork hock, which you dip in a funny, syrupy sauce that you would never think would go so well with gelatinous cold pork. The xiao long bao had lovely, delicate skins, the pan-fried wontons kept their crisp long after they arrived, and the sweet bean filled pancake we had for dessert was simple and satisfying. She says that it's been around forever but that it recently got a lot better. A Shanghainese friend of hers says, "The food is better than my grandmother's but I can't tell her!"

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                  bearmi RE: AppleSister Sep 15, 2009 03:32 PM

                  Wow that sounds great. I will have to check it out. I am such a creature of habit... I always go to the same place but I am trying to change that. Thanks again!

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                    Nutella_gal RE: AppleSister Sep 17, 2009 08:30 AM

                    HI, the Shanghainese Xiao long bao is from 'Yummy Noodles'?

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                      bearmi RE: Nutella_gal Sep 18, 2009 04:03 PM

                      I don't think so. "Shanghai Asian Cuisine" is at the Elizabeth Street end of the Chinatown Arcade while "Yummy Noodles" is at the Bowery Street end of Chinatown Arcade. In between the two places are New Malaysia, Coluck, etc. Shanghai Asian Cuisine and Yummy Noodles have separate kitchens and probably different owners so it's unlikely that their Xiao Long Bao would be from Yummy Noodles. Some folks mentioned Yummy Noodles in earlier comments because of the proximity but I would say the two places are totally unrelated..

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                        Lau RE: bearmi Sep 18, 2009 05:06 PM

                        im pretty sure thats right...yummy noodle house is a cantonese bbq place that also happens to have the best bo zai fan (clay pot rice) in ctown (highly recommend). It is very cantonese, unless the people who own shanghai asian cuisine are cantonese it seems pretty unlikely they are the same people

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                          buttertart RE: Lau Sep 21, 2009 10:04 AM

                          We dropped by there (Shanghai Asian) yesterday intending to eat - they were quite busy - didn't end up staying - checked the takeout menu and there was virtually nothing really Shanghainese on it and there was a wall poster advertising lemongrass pork chops and pineapple fried rice as "Asian" specials. Maybe not Cantonese, maybe Shanghai by way of Malaysia? (Should add that we could not get far enough into the restaurant to read the specials posted in Chinese at the back.) Ended up at Yeah Shanghai Deluxe, maybe not the best in the city but we like it.

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                            Lau RE: buttertart Sep 21, 2009 10:41 AM

                            weird...lemongrass pork chop and pineapple fried rice, a bit of a warning flag, but i guess we just have to try it

                    2. re: AppleSister
                      Pan RE: AppleSister Sep 17, 2009 11:51 PM

                      Wow! I ate at the restaurant several times before it changed hands and decided it wasn't that great. I will have to try it, on the strength of such a powerful recommendation!

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                      kenjialt RE: bearmi Nov 24, 2009 06:27 AM

                      I had the soup dumplings here (maybe called "tiny pork juicy buns" or something like that on the menu). They may have been the best soup dumplings I've ever had. An extraorginary amount of juice in them, and wrappers that were just barely robust enough to hold it all in.

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                        bearmi RE: kenjialt Nov 24, 2009 03:42 PM

                        Thx. I haven't been going to Chinatown for a while but I should check this place out next time I am down there. It's always packed with Chinese people so I assume it must either have good price or good food!

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                          Pan RE: kenjialt Nov 24, 2009 10:46 PM

                          I guess I never reported back on my one meal there. I got Kao Fu and I believe Beef Stew Noodle Soup. The Kao Fu was good, but the broth in the soup tasted like two Knorr's bouillon cubes plus a bit of water - in other words, it sucked. So you can understand why I haven't been tempted to return.

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                            AppleSister RE: Pan Nov 28, 2009 09:59 AM

                            I forgot to mention that my friend said only the Shanghainese dim sum items were good. Dinner food was not recommended.

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                          kathryn RE: bearmi Oct 17, 2011 05:12 PM

                          Anybody been to Shanghai Asian Cuisine lately? How are the xiao long bao (soup dumplings)? The sheng jian bao (fried tiny buns)?

                          Shanghai Asian Cuisine
                          14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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                            AubWah RE: kathryn Oct 17, 2011 05:32 PM

                            why would anyone stray from shanghai cafe?

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                              kathryn RE: AubWah Oct 17, 2011 06:12 PM

                              Do they have good sheng jian bao (fried tiny buns)? The Serious Eats review said it was unevenly cooked.

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                                scoopG RE: kathryn Oct 25, 2011 04:14 AM

                                Kathryn, the sheng jian bao here are terrible! The dough was chewy and tough. I felt they were machine made - the meat inside seemed too uniform in shape.
                                And no juice like 456's. Maybe I will try their XLB's next time. The place was busy when I stopped in.

                                Photo below on left is Shanghai Asian Cuisine's sheng jian bao and on the right is 456's version.

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                                  kathryn RE: scoopG Oct 25, 2011 04:49 AM

                                  So sad! No juice!

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                                    AubWah RE: kathryn Oct 25, 2011 06:00 AM

                                    I stick to XLB, spicy cabbage, and delectable entrees

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                                      mow mow RE: AubWah Oct 25, 2011 06:27 AM

                                      this place (shanghai asian cafe) has good drunk chicken though. but that's the only thing i'd order. usually for take out.

                          2. loratliff RE: bearmi Dec 25, 2013 05:05 PM

                            Ate here tonight actually and was surprised to see so little written about it here. We didn't order a ton, but mostly stuck to the dim sum section of the menu and were quite happy. I thought the XLB were delicious (thin wrappers, lots of well-seasoned soup inside), and I also really enjoyed the salt and pepper squid among other things. Quick and friendly service, with mostly Chinese families dining (and primarily ordering dumplings).

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                              foodwhisperer RE: loratliff Dec 26, 2013 11:00 PM

                              I've been there several times. I usually go with a friend of mine who is originally from Shanghai. He thinks the food is very good. Every dish i've had there was good. It's been a while so I don't remember the specific dishes. But I know we got a tofu dish and a stew type dish.

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