65 Bayard St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.715298 -73.998206
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Chinatown
Witness AGAIN ... hello, Jury! – After my kickboxing incident (let's just say my lovely eyes now cross on their own), i decided to help myself to some chinese food ...
As I was waiting for my order, I noticed a cute spunky looking gal with arms of Linda Hamilton a la Terminator, sitting by herself at a large table for 10. She nervously tapped her finger. She winced as everytime the door opened, it proved not to be her friends. I was distracted and was not able to focus my now one eye on the waiter... He was so impatient as he dropped the food and decided to clang with chopsticks in the air, shouting ai yah, ova heer la ova heer. That got my attnetion and i was able to get my food.
But I could not leave!!! I mean, this poor adorable girl was on the verge of tears, looking shamingly at the 10 glasses of water that she had kindly ordered for her so-called friends.
She finally noticed the clamour and evil glimpses caste upon her lovely face as she continued to take up the biggest table whilst little chimera's line up at the door. As I fought my ways through the sea of grandmas, I did some spinning back kicks and ax kicks to scatter those in my path
I kept my eye on the vision of loveliness. She finally proceeded to call her friends adn I heard the WHOLE THING! apparently some misunderstanding occured and her friends weren't coming ... I guess they didn't EVEN OFFER to come...
I nearly threw up but my one eye prevented me from aiming correctly so I held back. This happened to me once. My well-meaning but directionally misguided friends invited me to Queens. Well, I hauled over only to find that they were no longer there!!! In a good-hearted attempt to meet me, the adorable man and his equally funny friend had taken the train the wrong way! But it touched my soul that they offered to come back! Ai Yah - friends indeed.
avoid if alone – so i would highly recommend the spicy beef tripe with noodles, which I would describe as delectably roborant. my friend mimi stands by the sea cucumber with roe dish. yes readers, this is the same mimi who recommended the shrimp with mayo and fruit cocktail nested in a taro basket from that new haute chinoise restaurant, amazing 66. dear mimi decided to organize a dinner to celebrate the arrival of summer 2007, which i greatly appreciated but unfortunately was not able to attend due to prior commitments in the hamptons with the millies.
this is when the drama and trauma spiralled out of control. a feisty fifi (not her real name to protect her identity), who was probably suffering from post boxing concussion, decided to send out a prank email that she was not able to attend, or "wash hair" as we say in our chinese dialect. fifi claimed that she had to ?wash hair? as our friend, nuoc nam du du was busy modeling this avant garde couture line called ?friends of farmers? with her husband, chimera.
so out of anger, mimi decided to abandon dinner plans altogether and curled up in a fetal position in her world of bears. fifi unfortunately showed up at shanghai yeah by herself. when she learned that dinner was cancelled without notice, she started to fume?
the girls really let it out today - which i have to say i am proud of as it defies the typical passive aggressive stereotype like our ex-communicated friend patami. the vitriolic divas resorted to a combative series of acrimonious emails: olive branches (symbolic of peace offerings) were snapped into two, treadmill and fashion faux pas insults exchanged, imprecations hurled?
finally, I offered the peaceful resolution of espousing the leitmotif ?take it all off?. this applies to everything, i personally discovered. anger fled. we hugged and reminisced on the silliness. stay tuned for the review on amazing 66, please ask for miss chan, she has the best recommendations especially for fusion-esque dishes...
Yeah Shanghai! – As funny as the name sounds, Yeah Shanghai Deluxe is one of the friendlier places around Chinatown with good food, decent prices, and good service. Easily the most popular item is their Xiao Long Bao or soup dumplings, which are small with a thin but smooth skin. Their Young Chow fried rice, Shanghai flat noodle, and Crab with rice cakes are recommended dishes. The interior is a little deceiving as its long and narrow and looks like it could fit a large amount of people. There are only a few tables that can host groups of 6 or more. The decor is a little interesting, with lots of plants and even a little "bridge" that segways into the other room probably similar to the beautiful Suzhou/Hangzhou landscape.
Best restaurant in Chinatown – This is my favorite restaurant in Chinatown. The chef comes from one of the best hotel restaurants in Shanghai and the menu offers dishes seen no where else in Chinatown, and certainly not in Chinese restaurants in other parts of the country. I tried soup dumplings all over Chinatown and the best are here - tasty soup, tender dumplings, flavorful filling. Other suggestions - the carmelized eggplant in garlic sauce with tiny minced pieces of pork, the seaweed fish is flavorful and moist without being greasy. A chef's specialty is the crown of roast pork with honey sauce. Ask for the pea shoots with garlic - a very special Chinatown dish. The waiters speak English and explain the dishes well.
Great good, great value, a great find! – I have been coming to this place since it opened years ago and the food is really good. Dumplings are awesome, but if you want to try other dishes, don't be afraid to experiment. There's a crispy, sweet chrysanthemum fish and the eel with chives that I wholeheartedly recommend. Location is great and the atmosphere is very cozy. Oh yeah (no pun intended), the price will keep your wallet happy too.
Best Dumplings in NYC – You have not had great dumplings until you have tried the Crab-Pork dumplings at Yeah Shanghai. They are the juiciest and tastiest I have ever eaten. The rest of the menu is good too and the lunch specials are a bargain.
NYC got to have better than this to offer! – Wow! I really felt that I had found a good one when I walked in the New Yeah Shanghai. I grew up in Shanghai and alway try the same 4 dishes when I try out a new Shanghainee restaraunt. Boy was I disappointed tonight! First came the cold noodle dish, soggy, mushy, and pasty (because the peanut butter sauce was too thick). The topping was dry and tough. The juicy bun was nothing special, far below what I could consider decent. Then came the worst dish, sauteed shrimp, a very popular Shanghainese dish which needs nothing more than some fresh shrimp with good handling. Ours was fishy and dirty with gutline clearly visible from miles away. The last vegetable dish was way too oily and salty. After I mentioned the shrimp to the waiter, he responded "This is how frozen shrimp supposed to taste like". Needn't say no more.
A destination for soup dumplings in Chinatown. – The Scene
While others line up at New Green Bo and Shanghai Cuisine (both also on Bayard Street), those who know head here. The interior's not much to look at, but the soup dumplings are engrossing enough that it doesn't matter. Lunchtime gets particularly busy, with deals luring staffers from downtown courthouses and office buildings.
The helpful waitstaff will happily steer you through the lengthy menu. The crab and pork soup dumplings (also called juicy buns) are the most popular, although those filled with sweet pea shoots offer a refreshing alternative. Other dishes, however, seem toned down for Western palates. The jumbo shrimp with chili sauce lacks the requisite zing, and the only real flavor in the roast chicken Northern style comes from the odd Szechuan peppercorn. Desserts are surprisingly good, especially the Eight Jewel sweet rice with a creamy red bean paste core.
Just like Grandma's – Forgo the overhyped "soup dumplings" at Joe's Shanghai and order them as soon as you sit down so you can enjoy them while deciding what to order from the expansive menu. You can even watch the chef make the dumplings in the front of the restaurant. The Shanghai Rice Cake is excellent as is the Eel and Chives.
Best Shanghai in town – One maybe better off reading Chinese and knowing Shanghai cuisine to fully appreciate Yeah Shanghai-- or bring along a friend who does, otherwise ask the waitstaff. Both the specials menus on the wall, and noodles menus on tables are Chinese and even if you're literate, the dishes may not be familiar if you've lived in China other than Shanghai. But if you can manage, then bon appetit, Yeah Shanghai is hands down the best reasonably-priced Shanghai in town. The employees are professionals; at least some came from Shanghai specifically to work there. Notice most of the customers speak Shanghai-dialect, probably it has enough business without catering to non-Shanghai types. And so is the staff, which is actually notthat common at other "Shanghai" places nearby. There's a profusion of Shanghai on Bayard St., but the only other decent oneis nextdoor, Moon House. It's homestyle cooking compared to Yeah Shanghai's professional-fare.
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