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“Extraordinary soup dumplings”
Review of Shanghai Cafe

Shanghai Cafe
Ranked #1,100 of 14,122 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: After-hours
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Okay, so the service is almost nonexistent, and when one finally is served, curtness could easily be seen as rudeness. But, taking that into consideration, the soup dumplings are out of this world and quickly make me forget the service lapses. They are known as "tiny dumplings" on the menu (I believe the crab are #1, and the pork are #2 on the menu), and my husband and I always accompany the dumplings with the #63 spicy meat noodle -- and that's enough to feed both of us a satisfying lunch at an incredibly low cost. Oh, be sure to take cash -- Shanghai Café does NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS!!!!

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Thank Linda K
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We stopped for a bit of Dim sum on the way out shopping for the day.
Great, cheap option that set us up for the day

Thank WellingtonChris
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

The staff we're so rude it was unbelievable. An older lady sat next to us and was bullied about her choice, plus two young ladies sat to our right and we're ignored for 40 minutes. A lady in the window ha her hand up for ten mins before anyone helped her. Our mains came before the dim sung and frankly it was poor. So don't eat here and join us in not tipping they need to learn! The guy had a stand up row with me about not taping and I explained its a choice if if you have poor, rude service you don't get more than I owe you.

3  Thank Gillianlesleywhite
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Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

This is exactly how you want a good Shanghai style restaurant to be, including Juicy Dumplings. Extremely rapid, no-nonsense service which we like a lot. Speed is better than smiles! Food is good, and related to the price level fantastic. But note that this is not the place for your fine dining anniversary or similar.

Thank AndyLinder
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

This place was very busy on a Saturday night, but we didn't have to wait too long for a table. Service is very fast, and our dumplings arrived within minutes of ordering. We all enjoyed the noodle dishes, fried dumplings and fried rice. Maybe not the most friendly staff, but they are rushed off their feet, and very efficiently moving people through this restaurant all night long! Good value for money, but it can be a bit inconvenient that it's cash only.

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Thank Shuya
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