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Feb 25, 2013 03:15 PM

New in Flushing: Shanghai 33 Cuisine

Peter Cuce mentioned Shanghai Cuisine 33 (open now for about four months) in an earlier thread and I stopped in yesterday to check them out. I can report that likable Shanghainese food is being served up here by Cantonese folks who know what they are doing. It is operated by the same people who own Shanghai Asian Manor (21 Mott Street) and Shanghai Asian Cuisine (14A Elizabeth Street) in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Comparison visits are in order.

Steamed Tiny Buns with Pork (XLB) are thin-skinned, juicy and with a very generous portion of meat filling. A delicate Shanghai Wonton Soup features a favorite plant used by the Shanghainese: shepherd’s purse (荠菜 or 薺菜 - jì cài).

The Spicy Cabbage cold dish was overly sweet but if you got one of three chili peppers in your bite it helped. The appealing Camphor Tea Smoked Duck is served with hosin sauce. They have a couple of dishes on their menu that list boar but in reality it is pork belly. There are no round tables, the place seats about 46 and service was swift and neighborly. I can see trying Wine Chicken, Kau Fu, Bean Curd with Crab Meat and other Shanghai specialities on future visits.

Shepherd’s purse:

Shanghai Cuisine 33 (上海小館)
57-33 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
Tel: 718-353-5791

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  1. No round tables? Sounds like amateur hour. Who is the reigning king of Shanghainese food in Flushing?

    1. I stopped in for a solo lunch a few weeks back. Was hungry, mixed it up a little, took some food home.

      Tried the Kau Fu - moist enough, not overly sweet, good version. Ranks with Nan Xiang, 456.

      Mock Duck - not bad, not great. Have had better. Was too loose and watery.

      Pork & preserved cabbage soup - decent enough broth which was actually better at the restaurant than hours later at home. Over a period of hours, the preserved flavor grew to overpowering proportions. My bad not theirs.

      Would go back for the Kau Fu and to try other dishes. Service was good, friendly, digs clean and new.

      Have to get around to trying Kung Fu XLB, which is just up the street. Glad to see this little corner of Flushing starting to expand.


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      1. re: Polecat

        Nan Xiang has a limited menu but I think what they serve is great

      2. Try picking these two out of a police lineup. That's the Kau Fu and the Mock Duck.

        1. how was it vis-avis Shanghai Asian Manor?

          btw you see my other post? can u shoot me an email at

          1. How does it compare with Shanghai Taste on Prince and 39th?

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            1. re: swannee

              for real shanghainese food (not just XLB type stuff) that is my go to

              i need to re-review it with pics etc

              1. re: Lau

                Shanghai Taste is your go-to? I never thought that place was anything special - maybe I haven't eaten the good stuff.

                1. re: Peter Cuce

                  not everything is good there, most of their shanghainese appetizer stuff (dian xin) and soup dumplings and stuff like that is kind of crap.

                  their ti pang (braised pork shoulder), crab dishes and some other shanghainese dishes are quite good. its also actually run by shanghainese, the cooks and staff etc all speak in shanghainese. i actually found out about it bc its the same staff as the defunct yangtzer river restaurant which was by a long shot the best shanghainese restaurant in NY, which i in turn found about thru one of my friends who's shanghainese and their family is friends with the owners

                  1. re: Lau

                    Good to know! I used to love Yangtze River and always wondered what happened to it.

                    1. re: Peter Cuce

                      they opened up shanghai tide the hot pot place (which subsequently has some fairly decent shanghainese food if u know what to order), but some of the staff and chefs left to start A Taste of Shanghai.

                      they also specialize in this chicken called san huang ji (its delicious) although i havent tried it there. The problem is its not on the menu on only advertised on the glass in chinese

                      1. re: Lau

                        Thanks for the tip. I also used to like Shanghai Tide, but that was so many years ago. I can't even remember what the last time I visited there was.

                        1. re: Peter Cuce

                          yah ill go back soon and write a full review with pics...been meaning to do it for a while, but u just reminded me