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Mar 11, 2012 08:32 PM

Shanghai Asian Manor

I don't recall this restaurant (on 21 Mott Street) ever being discussed on Chowhound.

Any reactions or recommendations for particular dishes?

An acquaintance from Shanghai said it's his favorite restaurant on Chinatown. I went tonight and had an eccentric dinner, so I don't feel qualified to do a review. But I was pleased with much of what I ate and found the service exceptionally warm and friendly.

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

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  1. Dave, I'm not 100% sure, but I think a while back I got an order of fried tiny buns to try. This particular kind of 生煎包 buns should be pan fried +steam(same method for cooking potstickers) from a risen but still raw state, so that when done the buns are soft except for the slightly charred bottom layer, the filling juicy from the steam. Instead, I got a version that I suspect was from a frozen pack that was precooked, no oil. Too delicate. (Nice Green Bowl has a good version of this)

    That's the only thing I've tried here though, for what it's worth.

    Nice Green Bo
    66 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

    1. I love the soup dumplings at Shanghai Asian Manor ! They're the best - plump, juicy, and flavorful.
      Nice Green Bow has the best fried dumplings.

      1. A friend of mine from Shanghai recommended Shanghai Asian Manor. We went tonite. The place was full.
        I heard a lot about the soup dumplings , so we had both the pork, and the crab. The outer dough wrapper was very good, not too thick. They were adequately filled with soup and the filling was tasty. They were the best i've had in Manhattan. But I don't think they were as good as Kung Fu in Queens.
        The jellyfish was great, but I don't think i;ve ever had bad jelly fish.
        the fried rice cake was with shredded pork and vegetables was excellent maybe even fantastic,
        We had braised Kao Fu ( wheat gluten) very very delicious. Better than what I had at Kung Fu .
        Lastly had a casserole of salted pork with bamboo shoot and tripe. It was just Ok, the broth didn't have much taste. i had to add a bunch of hot sauce to give it some life.
        Overrall a good experience, and it is right there on Mott St. land of mostly not great restaurants. I'll be back.