A friend organized a Chinese banquet at New Shanghai for about 25 people. It was quite successful definitely renewed my interest in exploring Chinatown. I think banquet-style is the way to go.
Selection of 3 dim sum options shu mai, vegetable potstickers, shrimp dumplings
Peking duck skin served separately, meat stir-fried with vegetables, with scallion and cucumber, with moo-shi style pancakes
-Actually very tasty it was better than the version I had at Chef Changs, which surprised me. The skin was very crisp, but I was more surprised at the big, juicy pieces of meat in the stir fry preparation.
Fish balls with broccoli, with sweet and sour sauce
-Like a cuttlefish or squid on the middle real hot (temperature), creamy, went nicely with the sauce.
Fried tofu seemed freshly-made with lightly crispy skin
-Love it when it comes out fresh from the kitchen. The tofu was the perfect texture strong enough to hold in my chopsticks, but kinda gelatinous to the tongue.
Black mushrooms with bok choy? meaty mushrooms with sticky sauce
-If you like those medium-sized Chinese mushrooms and you like that very earthy flavor, this is perfect for you. The sauce isnt quite salty enough for me, but I think that is personal preference.
Long noodles very fresh, but not a ton of flavor
The only dish I wouldnt order on my own.
Stir-fried lobster with ginger
This is similar to the version at Peach Farm, Id give this version a 8/10 compared to the 9/10 for Peach Farm. The lobster meat was still juicy.
Steamed fish delicious, light flavor
It was getting near the end of the meal, so I just had a small taste of this one.
Yum! I am a sucker for this stuff. Like the stuff served in covered bowls at dim sum, but in one big bowl.