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Chinatown alternatives to Joe's Shanghai?

We love JS's Xiao Long Bao, but there must be other places that are just as good, or better, without the long wait.

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    1. re: diprey11

      I highly recommend this place.

      Go for the Xiao Long Bao and Sen Jian Bao. They're fantastic.

    2. I like the ones at Nice Green Bo on Bayard St.

      1. Joe Gingers is the same owner, same food, less communal tables and no wait, its about 25 feet south of Joe Shanghai's, same block.

        1. Shanghai Café is great. If there is a line it moves quickly.
          If you don't need Shanghai style try Great NY Noodle Co or 456.

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            1. re: AubWah

              So true. What else do they have except for beef with flower bud chives and sweet memories?

              1. re: diprey11

                singapore chow fun and some epic roast baby pig?

                1. re: tex.s.toast

                  Nope, not roast baby pig; not anymore, sigh... They were always second--in my book--to a place across the street that has closed down; and they have kept their second spot. ;-)
                  A steady sad decline to horrible that was making me mad over the past 4 years. Shrimp paste added to their noodle soup base, fork-roast pork falling apart, roast duck dried to a cardboard consistency, etc

              2. re: AubWah

                No XLB at Zoodletown
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                One might say the same thing about Joe's.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Never been to Joe's Tourist Shack

                  1. re: AubWah

                    Then how do you know what would be good alternatives?

              1. re: scoopG

                I would strongly object to an idea of ordering XLB at 456. It is one of my most favorite restaurants in the area, but--with all due respect--their XLB are probably carved of wood, definitely secondary to Joe's Ginger (not that I am willing to eat there). We shared a table with a couple who ordered XLBs and I watched them (yes, it's got to be porn--food porn--and it surely was sadistic.) HePing is order of magnitude better, yet very uneven.

                1. re: diprey11

                  Thats why Shanghai Cafe is the only logical choice for a Shanghainese meal in Chinatown

                  1. re: diprey11

                    what's the matter with 456's xiao long bao? the skins aren't too thick, the broth isn't overly fatty, and they're plenty full of soup. unsure what you mean with your wood analogy.

                    1. re: coasts

                      I am sorry I would disagree; then again, it's a matter of comparison. If you like their XLB, fantastic: please enjoy and disregard my judgement, which is just one person's opinion.

                2. Thanks everybody. We'll be going to Shanghai Heping. I'll let you know how it was.

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                  1. re: george2

                    XLB and SJB were both very good. Other eaters weren't as adventursome as I'd like, but overall, the food was close to excellent. The crispy tofu skins I hoped to get weren't on the menu and the waiter was baffled.