Went to Shanghai Joe's on Pell St. last weekend with 3 kids in tow. The woman taking names assured us the wait was 15 minutes. Half an hour later she told us it wouldn't be more than 30 minutes more. She was right the second time. Seeing groups exactly our size, yet who arrived after we did, being seated before us didn't impress us. Once seated, we immediately ordered soup dumplings and scallion pancakes. The dumplings were undercooked, almost raw inside. The soup was tastless. The scallion pancakes were good and even impressed the child with us who eats only white rice and lo mein (facts which we discovered once we sat down). For mains we ordered whole crispy yellow fish -- a dish we saw on many tables -- bok choy, sesame chicken (for the kids), and chicken lo mein (for the lo mein eater). The fish was good, especially the sauce, but the fish itself must have been on a hunger strike before being cooked. Not a of of meat there. The bok choy was outstanding. The lo mein and sesame chicken were liked by the kids. I would have loved to order the clams, which looked great, but unfortunately I would have been the only person eating them. I need to figure out what more interesting things to order that would still pass the kids' "it's slimy and I won't eat it" test. All in all, I don't need to suffer that again.