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Oct 30, 2009 07:51 AM

Any recent visits to Shang?

We're planning a trip to NY and Shang is on our list of possible restaurants because we had a wonderful experience at one of Susur Lee's other restaurants, Lee, in Toronto. I have seen mixed reviews on this board and elsewhere, so I'm looking for some recent thoughts. Thanks in advance!

187 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

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  1. i have not been there but apparently the place is having hard times.

    1. I just went to Shang a few weeks ago for the first time, and I was very impressed. I was especially surprised, given the negative reviews it's gotten here and elsewhere, plus my gf had eaten some hors d'oeuvres from Shang at a party and told me they weren't that great.

      My friend and I started with some sushi, which obviously was a stupid idea. I was craving sushi that night, but you never order sushi at a Chinese restaurant, even one that's fusion-based. But the Chinese food was very good. We ordered the Chinese wheat bread with condensed milk, the gai lan/Chinese broccoli, the lamb chops, and the wok scallop and shrimp. The bread with milk was decadent, as you would expect. The gai lan was amazing - I'm used to the traditional Chinese preparation where it is stir fried with just garlic, but Shang's presentation was very complex. They added what seemed to be dried shrimp, along with other spices, into the dish. There was a high sauce-to-vegetable ratio, but it wasn't oily, and I think a fair amount of the sauce was water from the veggies. The lamb chops were out of this world - I think that they are among the best I've had in Manhattan, along with the lamb chops at Allegretti and at Babbo (though all are cooked in completely different styles, of course). They were succulent and flavorful without being too gamey; the cumin+ other spices gave them a huge kick without obscuring the underlying meat flavor. And lastly, the scallops and shrimp were a solid dish.

      The decor emulates that of restaurants you'd see in the Meatpacking, meaning it's supposed to be slightly glitzy, modern, and festive. Also, to Sam's point, I went on a Friday night around 9pm, and the restaurant might have been 25% full. Regardless, I would highly recommend it, especially if you've enjoyed Susur Lee's food in the past.

      If you end up not going to Shang, but you want something in the same vein, might I suggest Chinatown Brasserie, which serves "higher-end" Chinese food in a modern setting as well.

      187 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

      1. Shang's going to be shuttered in the very near future, and, no offense, deservedly so. That has the lowest review ever on our site. Without the Singapore slaw, it would have gotten a 0.0 - Go elsewhere, you can do so much better for that amount of money.

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        1. re: iFat

          We tried to go for lunch last summer (former Torontonians) and found the restaurant totally empty - and were shuttled out to the (hot) patio where we found 2 other tables glumly occupied and a very limited sandwich/noodle menu, something like (but nowhere near as appealing as) what you would have gotten at a western food restaurant in Taiwan ages ago. We did not stay and would not go back, having seen the dinner menu.