Friday, August 17, 2012

Carb-Happy at Shanghai Cafe

After I complained about the xiao long bao/ soup dumplings from Joe's Shanghai, my sister recommended Shanghai Cafe. I tried them, but I've come to realize that there just isn't an equivalent in New York for the out-of-this-world dumplings found at Din Tai Feng/ 鼎泰豐 in Asia.
After my first visit to Shanghai Cafe though, I did find that their noodle and other dishes were pretty decent, so the other weekend, three of us went early on a Saturday night for a Chinese feast.

The restaurant has several booths and many round tables. 

Cold Sesame Noodle/ 芝麻涼麵, $5.95. Seeing this dish listed under the appetizers for only $5.95, we assumed it would be a small portion, but this was definitely a generous size, and I don't think we even finished half of it. This is such a great summer dish because not only is it cold, but the sesame flavors are also quite soothing. 

After mixing in the sesame and bean sprouts:

Shanghai Pan Fried Noodles (pork, chicken, shrimp)/ 上海兩面黃, $8.95. For some reason there was a $3 charge added to this on our receipt. I'm not sure if it's because of the meats. The portion is huge, and the noodles have a great texture, with most of it very crispy, and other parts slightly softer after sitting in the sauce. 

Chicken with black bean sauce/ , $9.95: There wasn't enough black bean in the sauce, but the dish was tasty nonetheless, and was filled with bell peppers, onions, and a lot of chicken. 

100 Mott Street (between Canal St & Hester St) 
New York, NY 
Phone number: (212)966-3988
*Cash only, no reservations

  • Decent Chinese food
  • A very extensive menu that covers dim sum, cold dishes, noodles (pan fried, lo mein, rice noodles), various fried rice, rice cakes, tofu, etc.
  • Very inexpensive-- most appetizers are under $6, and most entrees are less than $11. 
  • Servers are fast and efficient with taking orders, bringing out the food, and bringing your bill. 
  • Not a place to take your sweet time. The server asked us to pay the bill and leave because people were waiting. We didn't mind, but just note that they are very upfront with trying to turn tables. 

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  1. Yumz! And only you would call sesame "soothing" LOL! Funny sis.

  2. :) :) i go here all the time for xiaolongbao; never quite understood the craze at joe's.

    1. Haha yeah, they are better than Joe's, but I'm still determined to find xiao long bao here that are equivalent to those at 鼎泰豐! Probably not possible though...


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