Shanghai Cafe at 100 Mott St. is the most stylish of all of the current Chinatown Shanghai options. It's a large modern space with an Industrial by way of Ikea decor. The large menu looks promising and has all of the usual Shanghai menu items along with a nice Dim Sum menu, dessert section, and a separate breakfast menu.
I was dining alone this morning and sampled a couple of items from the breakfast menu which includes crullers, buns, soy drinks, and sticky rice items. The sticky rice with mixed meats was served in a small, carved wooden cask and was a very good rendition of this dish I normally see served in wrapped up in a Lotus leaf. The short cakes with (imitation) crab meat were actually two fried, and sesame studded mini pastries. They were quite rich and salty but I couldn't find any mock crustacean in any of the buttery layers.
Even though they just opened Monday and have some kinks to work through the sampling I had was promising and the service was friendly enough to make me eager to go back with a larger group to try some of the more elaborate menu items.