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Chinatown tomorrow-BEST XLB

sockster Feb 25, 2011 06:48 PM

OK- need an up to the minute update- who's making the best soup dumplings in Chinatown now? Going tomorrow and gotta know...I know there's gotta be better than Joe's Shanghai!!

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    brighton312 Feb 25, 2011 06:57 PM

    I had great soup dumplings the other day at Shanghai Asian Manor on Mott St. Highly recommended!

    Shanghai Asian Manor
    21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    1. c oliver Feb 25, 2011 07:13 PM

      I've had no complaints about Joe's Shanghai. What haven't you liked about them?

      Joe's Shanghai
      24 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: c oliver
        scoopG Feb 26, 2011 03:43 AM

        The long lines of tourists.

        1. re: scoopG
          Duppie Feb 26, 2011 03:51 AM

          then head down the block to Joe Ginger....

          1. re: Duppie
            c oliver Feb 26, 2011 06:30 AM


      2. scoopG Feb 26, 2011 03:46 AM

        The best XLB's in NYC are found at Nan Xiang in Flushing. For Manhattan:

        Shanghai Cafe Deluxe - 100 Mott Street
        Shanghai Garden - 14A Elizabeth Street - maybe under a new name.
        New Nice Green Bo - 66 Bayard Street

        If you are really stuck on Joes - just go to Joes Ginger right down the street at # 9 Pell. Same owner, same soup dumplings, no lines.

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        1. re: scoopG
          sockster Feb 26, 2011 11:11 AM

          Shanghai Cafe was OUTSTANDING! Pork 8 for $4.95 and Crabmeat and Pork, 8 for $6.95. Their Shechuan wontons were amazing too!! GREAT CALL scoopG

          1. re: sockster
            scoopG Feb 26, 2011 11:59 AM

            Glad you enjoyed them!

        2. scoopG Feb 26, 2011 04:18 AM

          XLB – Soup Dumplings:


          1. coasts Feb 26, 2011 04:35 AM

            Congee Bowery has decent XLBs. The $3.50/6 dumpling price-point puts them at the top of my list.

            Congee Bowery
            207 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

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            1. re: coasts
              scoopG Feb 26, 2011 04:55 AM

              Most other XLB places serve eight XLB's per order. If price-point is a concern then head to Best Fuzhou at 71A Eldridge for their Fuzhou Dumpling Soup: 12 for $3.00

              1. re: scoopG
                coasts Feb 26, 2011 04:58 AM

                hmmm, i feel like there's usually six per order. i'm willing to believe that i'm wrong.

                1. re: coasts
                  c oliver Feb 26, 2011 06:31 AM

                  I've seen eighter smaller and six larger at various places.

                2. re: scoopG
                  fourunder Feb 26, 2011 06:55 AM

                  I would imagine most places would serve eight per order........along the lines of the number *8* being good luck.

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                fourunder Feb 26, 2011 05:18 AM

                There was a time the place located next to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory was considered among the best...Old Shanghai Deluxe? I liked them better than at Shanghai Cuisine, which I consider over-rated.

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                1. re: fourunder
                  kathryn Feb 26, 2011 06:56 AM

                  Yeah Shanghai Deluxe was at 65 Bayard, but moved to the corner of Mott and Bayard (50 Mott) and is now called Old Shanghai Deluxe.

                  Old Shanghai Deluxe
                  50 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

                  1. re: kathryn
                    fourunder Feb 26, 2011 07:17 AM

                    Now if I could only figure out the code for Ray's Pizzas......:0)

                    thanks for the update

                2. marksbirch Mar 6, 2011 03:34 PM

                  Doing a Xiao Long Bao tour this Tuesday and having us a throw down to see which restaurant comes out on top. More info on the restaurants and the tour here http://birch.co/post/3328515800/the-2...

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                  1. re: marksbirch
                    Pan May 4, 2012 10:32 PM

                    Thanks for posting the results and link. I haven't been to either of these places.

                    1. re: marksbirch
                      scoopG May 5, 2012 06:14 AM

                      There are about 6-7 houses in Chinatown serving XLB. It doesn't appear you hit more than four!

                      1. re: marksbirch
                        kathryn May 5, 2012 08:00 AM

                        Limiting yourself to just Chinatown excludes Chinatown Brasserie/Red Farm, whose XLB are amazing.

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