“Don't let its inconspicuous location fool you - within you will find fast, friendly service and some of the most succulent dumplings around.”
“The fried rice is amazing here.”
“Look I dont know if the people who wrote the reviews have ever been to a decent place (PLEASE TRY SOMEOTHER PLACES).”
“have been going to this place for years now and one thing that is consistent is its great food and cheap prices.”
“Of those which do, I like Shanghai Garden the most because the food is great and the prices are low so you can afford to go there when you're hungry to grab a quick snack without bleeding your wallet dry.”
excellent food, great chinatown value.
i can only vouch for my favorite dishes: egg drop soup, dumplings and general tso's chicken. delicious. and i have been around the block, to say the very least. friends/family have sampled other choices on the menu and have found them to their taste/enjoyment.
happy to be a regular at this place and would warmly recommend it to anyone.
p.s.: not affiliated with mgmt/ownership. just a regular person/diner.
Looked up on citysearch... figured try a new place in Chinatown, HUGE, I MEAN HUGE MISTAKE. The food was just awful, ATROCIOUS actually.
The service was typical short-order, dinner type.
But I just would like to say I read the reviews people left and thats why I checked it out.
Look I dont know if the people who wrote the reviews have ever been to a decent place (PLEASE TRY SOMEOTHER PLACES).
But WARNING: to all those that use this site be weary, be very weary of recommendations.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors. Small and out-of-the-way Shanghai-style restaurant with simple, no-frills decor is a local favorite for dim sum, dumplings and cheap prices.
Dumplings rule!. If you have a dumpling fetish i suggest you try some here! The skin of the dumplings are made fresh here and you can tell b/c it melts in your mouth! The fried rice is amazing here. I've been coming here as a child and always come back for the taste.
excellent, cheap chinese food.
other than the excellent dimsum (personal favorite: shrimp dumplings), this little joint also has great soup (egg drop soup lovers, rejoice!) and other regular menu items (another personal favorite of mine, general tso's chicken here, IMHO, is the best in NYC! and i've been around the block...)
in short: trendoids looking for 'great ambience' and celebrity sightings, as well as germophobes wearing surgical masks in public, may want to look elsewhere. fans of very tasty, yet cheap, authentic chinese food will love it.
ok dim sum. The dim sum servings here are a bit larger than I'm used to. Several of the dim sum orders had about 6-8 pieces. That's good and bad. Good, because hey, it's more food, but bad because dim sum is supposed to be smaller portions so you can try out more dishes and smaller so that each dish is cheap. We saw them heating up at least one frozen item though I'm not sure which dim sum dish it was. Nevertheless the food itself is pretty good.
Tried and True in Chinatown. I have been going to this place for years now and one thing that is consistent is its great food and cheap prices. Their Juicy Buns are second only to Joe's Shanghai in my opinion but their pan fried dumplings definitely top Joe's. This is also 'the' place for Shanghai styled pan fried noodles. So if you don't want to wait long lines for your dumplings and want to eat like the locals do, definitely give this place a try.
Chinatown's Secret Garden. Don't let its inconspicuous location fool you - within you will find fast, friendly service and some of the most succulent dumplings around. Embark on the search and it will be well worthwhile.
Great food and good service!. Food is great! Try their juicy dumplings, they are one of the most delicious dumplings I've ever had. Other dishes are great too. Try their fried softshell crabs, cheaper than other places but the taste is never second here. Ever time I go to NYC, I will always have to stop by this place. It is one of my must-do in New York. The service is great too. They try to seat you as soon as possible. Don't let other big chinese restuarant rip you off.
Simply delicious. I've eaten here many a time. The food, while a bit greasy at times, is delectable. After sampling other Shanghai restaurants, including Joe's Shanghai, I find that this place's prices, service, and food outrank that of any other. The Shaw Lon Pau here is cheap and scrumptious. The decor is simple but homey. The place is small, so don't be surprise by a 5-10 minute wait. However, most patrons get takeout so don't be scared off by a crowd in front. But it is never so busy that you need reservations. Because of the size of the place, I don't recommend groups larger than 8, as seating might become a problem.
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