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Mar 8, 2011 03:48 AM

Chinatown: 456 Returns

456 is back! 456 was a well-regarded Shanghainese restaurant with a famous Chef from Ningbo 宁波 that must have closed down more than 20 years ago. The new, five month-old 456 is serving up 沪菜 Hu4 Cai4 or the specialties of Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu.

Stopped in for a quick visit and there is plenty enough going on here to assure many more visits. The kitchen is in the basement and is bustling with activity.

Small h is right about their solid XLB. A steal at only $0.61 cents each. Also sampled were a delicious and huge slab of Pork Shoulder in Honey Sauce, traditionally prepared Preserved Vegetable with Soybeans and Tofu Skin and a suggested special of Fish served Two Ways.

Service was efficient and prompt.

456 Restaurant
69 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013

Tel: 212-964-0003
Fax: 212-964-3476

All major credit cards accepted. Open everyday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. (They close at 11:00 pm on weekends.)

456 Shanghai Cuisine
69 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. how does it compare to shanghai cafe

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    1. re: AubWah

      Haven't been to Shanghai Cafe in five weeks. The 456 menu seems to have more American-Chinese fare like General Tso's and Beef with Broccoli. The key here is to focus in on the traditional Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu dishes. The XLB were excellent. Smaller than the Shanghai Cafe's version but thinned skin and juicy.

      Shanghai Cafe
      100 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    2. They're doing delivery via Seamlessweb - menu here:

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      1. re: sgordon

        And they are lightning fast, even to me, out here at the edge of the world.

        1. re: small h

          Damn, damn, damn. 456 no longer delivers to me via Seamless, probably because ALL YOU PEOPLE have overwhelmed them. Do you not understand how difficult it is for me to get decent Chinese food out here in the hinterlands? Move on to the next big thing already, and give me back my vegetarian duck and steamed mushroom buns. I've been ordering from 456 since 11/10, noobs! It belongs to me!


            1. re: AubWah

              No, the unfashionable lowest and east-est area of the Lower East Side. If Congee Village abandons me also, I'm doomed.

              1. re: small h

                are you close to WD-50 and Katz's Deli and Lombardi's???

                1. re: kevin

                  I can walk to Katz's & WD-50 in 15ish minutes, and I would if I a) ate pastrami or b) had way more money. Lombardi's is more of a trek.

                  1. re: small h

                    ah, hence, way far down in the lower east side.

      2. hmm interesting, will have to try

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          1. re: erica

            Thanks, erica. Sam must be getting some of his info from his mother! And CH!


            She's a better writer.

          2. Has anyone been by since the Sifton review? If so are they packed? I've noticed that NYT reviews have less sway these days than they used to, but this is a renewal of a sentimental favorite for a lot of people, of course.

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            1. re: buttertart

              Yes, this place does hold a lot of sentimental value. My parents, both now deceased, and my family used to eat at the original incarnation quite often.

              My sisters and I returned several months ago and though the food was ok. It was very clean, but not much flavor. I don't remember all that we ordered except that there was a casserole dish, XLB, Shanghai rice cake and scallion pancake.

              1. re: gloriousfood

                Interesting, thanks for the input. There's always Old Shanghai if 456 is packed with Sifton followers (if such he has).

                1. re: buttertart

                  no thanks I'll stick to Shanghai cafe they are the true masters of Shanghai cuisine in Manhattan

              2. re: buttertart

                "If so are they packed? "

                They were today, at around 6:30, when I popped in to pick up a take-out menu. Every table was full,
                with about 10 people waiting.

                I'll add that this was on a day when - probably due to the holiday weekend - Chinatown was about two-thirds full compared to a normal Saturday.

                On another note, I'm down for the eel with chives.


              3. Will definitely pay it a visit...if it's anything like (or even half as good as) the old 456, it should be a nice meal. It was one of my favorites in Chinatown many years ago.

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                1. re: The Professor

                  I recall its original name was "Say Eng Look 456."

                  1. re: The Professor

                    There were two similar spots. Say Eng Look (Cantonese for 456) was at 5 East Broadway. Then there was 456 which was at 1 East Broadway.

                      1. re: scoopG

                        Say Eng Look was @ 5 East Broadway
                        Had main floor and upstairs dining
                        Kitchen in the back of the main floor and basement as stock room

                        Sister restaurant, 456 was @ 2 Bowery
                        Had main floor and downstairs w/ sub basement housing prep stations refrigerator and pantry.