Brooklyn >Food & Dining > M Restaurant
129 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.712256 -73.957054
Mon. - Sun. 12am - 4pm
Wonderfully Special – This is a special place run by really wonderful people who give anyone who walks in the door a warm welcome and sincere interest. My friends and I have been here numerous times and have always been given the utmost courtesy and consideration. It's a great time whether we're eating the wonderful soup dumplings, moo shu chicken, and shumai upstairs or lounging downstairs with specially mixed drinks and hearing truly fantastic live music/excellent DJs. The 80's night rocks!! We love it here!! :)
Perfection – Great food, great prices & great service! M Shanghai never disappoints. Great for takeout as well!
Hostess with the most kindness – Why do you go out to eat? I go out to eat for good food at a good value, good company, and a fine host. May has all of these covered soundly. I have not been to Shanghai, but I've travelled extensively in China, and May's Shanghai/Northern fusion is delightful and creative. Are there 4 waiters swarming around you to wipe the gob of delicious sauce off of your chin? No. But the kindliness of the staff, with May as the warm queen bee makes this a neighborhood place extraoridinaire. Music, often great. Drinks, excellent and reasonable cost. Consistency? Imperfect. But, if you can run a better restaurant, sign right here some call me Lucifer.
Awful and $$$$ – I was so disappointed. Frankly, the chinese food here is something I can make better at home. There was only one waiter for the whole restaurant upstairs. I thought the food isn't cheap at all compared to Chinatown. Chinatown definitely has better quality with cheaper prices. Maybe I'm wrong to compare this place to places in Chinatown because it's decorated better and situated in Brooklyn, but I can't help it!!! I can understand the prices if it served better food, like some Chinese restaurants in midtown/uptown area. I'm sorry, but as far as I know, no one puts sesame oil in a dipping sauce for pork juicy buns. It's eaten with black vinegar and shredded ginger. I have never seen, not even in Shanghai, a place serving dumplings with dipping sauce made with the combination of sesame oil, soy sauce, black vinegar, and chili oil. Yuk!!!
Neighborhood Knockout – I went to M to hear some music in the den (basement) one night. I had never been to the place and hadn't even heard about it but went to see some musicians I like. My friends and I decided to eat upstairs first and what a great call that was. I have been back on a near weekly basis since. You will not find better vegetable dumplings anywhere. The decor is warm and inviting, there's almost always good music playing in the dining area, and the service is always pleasant. If the food doesn't keep you coming back, you'll return for May's smile and warm welcome.
Mmmmm – I stopped in here for a quick bite by myself the other day and did not leave until closing. The gracious owner May, introduced herself and made me feel at home. I met severall of the fellow diners at the communal table while sampling the delicious and surprisingly cheap Shanghai specialties. After eating I went downstairs to the cozy den with my new friends and grooved to some funky, hip-happy tunes spun by the dj O.C. What a find! Friendly staff, no attitude, cheap eats and a great vibe.
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