187 Orchard St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.722533 -73.987865
Mon - Thur: 6pm - 11pm
Fri - Sat: 6pm - 12am
Sun: 6pm - 9:45pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
Shang - Avoid 7th floor bar – I went here last night for drinks for a birthday. It was early in the night, it was three girls. The guy in the lobby by the velvet rope (what a joke) was giving us a hard time about letting us in for a drink. Then you take the elevator up to the 7th floor where you get more attitude from another guy in front of velvet rope who acts like he's doing you a favor by letting you in. We had a few more girls join us later and then two guys. The girls got in with attitude from staff, and when the guys came we went to get them and the doorman said 'i already let in so many guys to your party already', when my friend said no you didn't i swear, he called her a liar. Then another wait staff guy came to our table to smooth things over and said b/c the waitress asked me nicely, I'll let you guys stay. My friend said to him, it's not a privelege for us to stay here and he stomped off in a tif. We had ordered several rounds, but asked for our check, left no tip, and went into the elevator. The waitress came out after us asking to talk to us for a minute. I said no we're done and will be leaving. They were so disrespectful to the bday girl and to all out friends that came up. There was never a line in the lobby to get in and the place was empty, so i don't why there was sooo much attitude from the staff there. On the way out other people were complaining about the service too. Go back to Customer Service 101. You should be kissing our behinds, not the other way around. Go somewhere else for a good time. When we asked them if our friends will be able to come up later, the staff said depends what they look like and what time it is. We left at 11:30 -12am and it was dead and we looked good. Stay away from this place. I've been going out in Manhattan for years, all the hot spots and have never been treated like this. I'd give it zero stars if I could.
Alittle out dated – Went there to have a taste of the "best" chef from Canada, and I must say although the food was good, Asian fusion is definately out dated! I felt like it was 1997 at Asia De Cuba. The decor was nice, the light set a good mood and the clientele was mostly those you might find at Ciprianis or so. Nothing major to rave about, the place is bacially "been there done that." They are missing something that would make it a "wow" factor. The other negative is the Orchard st entrance, dont get drunk cause you're liable to take a nice tumble down 2 flights. They should make all patrons use the main hotel lobby entrance and use the elevator. The place needs a shot in the arm by something or someone with a major flair.
Words Really cannot describe.... – We went to Shang's on 2/7/09, a Saturday evening (first reservation). I had no idea what to expect but we were both impressed from the minute we walked through the door. Everyone was great from the host to the woman that checked our coats. We had the best seat in the house and one of the best servers, Christine. She was AMAZING and extremely informed!!! For drinks we had the Yen Yen and Shang Caipirina both were unusual but delicious. The food was impeccable! The chef really knows how to mix his flavors. Every single bite was enjoyable and worth savoring. Must try: lobster bisque, oxtail soup, beef cheek, lamb chops and the singapore salad, AWESOME!!! Truly Shang is a restaurant that must be experienced...words really do it no justice. As for price, I felt it was reasonable for what you are getting: creative, delicious, quality food with great service and superb ambiance! BTW, The chef did come out and speak to us which was the icing on the cake. GO TO SHANG!
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – This place was AWESOME!!!!!!!! I went for the first time last night. You don't know what to expect when you ascend the long staircase on Orchard street in the East Village. I was honestly thinking that this was going to be another "typical" Hotel restaurant. Dim lighting and soothing music greet you when you reach the landing. From the moment we arrived everyone was very attentive and acommodating. My sister and I arrived 1/2 hour early for our 7pm dinner reservation. Our coats were immediately whisked away and checked for us, and we were escorted to the bar to await the rest of our party of four. The cocktails were a little pricy - $15, but worth every penny. I particularly loved the Yen-Yen ( a crisp cucumber vodka blend with a hint of citrus). When the remainder of our party arrived we were promptly escorted to our table. Our waiter was very knowledgeable regarding the Menu and made some excellent recommendations. The Chef himself came out to greet us and inform us of the nights specials. This place is essentially family style, but you can choose to order a - la carte. For dinner we particularly loved the Lobster Curry Bisque Soup, Chickpea Fritters, Braised Beef Cheeks (I know . .sounds daunting but absolutely delish and very tender) and Scallops with Chorizo (had great blend of flavors and a nice spicy kick). For dessert, hands down the Banana Chocolate cake was to die for - think warm banana bread with a touch of chocolate smothered in a caramelized sauce. Mmmmmm. Ok . . .so you'll definitely leave this place feeling as though you've put on a few pounds . . . but hey you should already belong to a gym ;-) I'll definitely be going back. The food was very reasonably priced for the value. NEGATIVE for some: tables are very close together in the dining room; not a problem for me but some people are very picky about such things. My sister and I are already looking into reserving the outdoor space off the bar for a party this Spring/Summer.
A big, very hip restaurant that looks more like a futuristic singles bar than it does a platform for one of the world's top chefs. – Susur Lee, Canada's most famous chef, brings his Asian fusion cooking to the swanky Thompson Hotel on the Lower East Side. The food is genuinely exotic, even for jaded New York foodies who've seldom seen the likes of the caramelized wild sablefish with mustard green relish and salmon roe, the taro puffs, the celestial seafood tofu, and other dramatic-looking and expertly executed pan-Asian dishes. Between the food and the highly developed cocktail program, you could easily forget the preposterous decor--such as the huge booths and giant crushed velvet parachutes hanging above the dining room.
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