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At last a real Shanghainese restaurant

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At last a real Shanghainese restaurant

Phantom violist | Mar 25, 2003 12:58 AM

I am overjoyed to report the opening, last Friday, of the New Joe Shanghai Restaurant on Arch Street. Though not officially linked with the NYC restaurants of similar name, they have hired 5 of the NY's chefs to reproduce a very similar menu. As a cultural professional who travels to China often, I am a snob about Chinese food--what I've tasted so far at this restaurant is wonderful and authentic. Xiao Lun Bao (soup dumplings) with almost sheer dough wrappers holding delectable broth and fillings, earthy shredded cabbage and carrot in spicy vinegar, such as you'd find in the working class restaurants in China, and wonderfully curry-spiced Singapore Chow Mai Fun. For my next visit I'm looking forward to the yellow fish and the shredded eel and scallions. We ate there on just their second day--this is the proprietors' very first restaurant, so be prepared for very slow but friendly service (and no liquor license yet), but the wait it worth it.

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