We're gearing up for our China trip... tonight we ate at Shanghai Tang, 135-20 40th Rd. in Flushing. Has anyone tried it? I noticed a review in the window from Eric Asimov, though I did not notice from when. We had a very satisfying meal, all in all.
One thing: the waitress is fantastic. About the best service I have had in a Chinese restaurant, New Green Bo included. We ordered the "Shanghai Family Dinner" which is on the back page of the menu, in Chinese characters only -- the waitress went through and translated each dish, and recommended a couple of other dishes to supplement the dinner, which was intended for a smaller family than we were. And she wasn't just pushing food on us to pad the bill! The amount of dinner we ended up with was exactly right.
We started with cold appetizers, which included soy beans, bean sprouts, beef, seitan, and something I've never had that seemed a little like pickled asparagus. Next came soup dumplings, top notch, a little different from either Joe's Shanghai or New Green Bo soup dumplings -- the dumpling skin was very thin, increasing the challenge of serving them without breaking the skin -- the soup and meat filling were delicious. Then about 8 dishes were served in rapid succession, I'll try to remember what:
Crispy whole fish was not very good, I could not get past the sweet, gloppy sauce. Ma Pau Tofu was killing. Sauteed cucumber and straw mushroom, very nice, clean the palate after the fiery tofu. Seafood soup was good but felt like it was served out of order, maybe because of disorganization in the kitchen? I would have liked it before the tofu. Pepper beef, excellent. Unidentified seafood platter, I was not crazy about this dish but it was sitting on the table for a while before I got to try it, might have been better piping hot. Crispy meatballs (maybe called "Lion's Head"?) were just awesome, maybe the best single dish of the meal. (Although not everyone at the table liked them, no accounting for tastes.) (Counting... OK, maybe just 7 dishes, or maybe I'm forgetting one.) Dessert was sticky rice with plum paste.
Bill including tax and tip was $135, for 8 people.