Queens >Restaurants > Joe's Shanghai
13621 37TH Ave, Flushing, NY | Directions 1135440.761910 -73.830411
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 11am - 11pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 12pm
Suburban Crush – When you arrive at Joe's Shanghai at dinnertime on a weekend night be prepared for a massive throng of pushing and shoving suburbanites waiting, crushed as though they're on a rush-hour subway, in the cramped waiting area at the front of the restaurant. If you can deal with this test of patience, or better yet, if you can avoid the prime-time hours, you will enjoy the amazing soup-filled dumplings here. These are the main attractions. The other food isn't as spectacular, but still rates. The often unbearable crowds at Joe's now reminds us of Yogi's still-fresh aphorism: "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded."
Worth Visiting – My friends and I went to the one in Flushing on 37th and we had a pleasant experience. The service was excellent. We had "siao long bao" - mini steamed buns - which is supposedly very tasty from this establishment. It wasn't bad, but it can be a bit too oily when they cooled down. I have to say that the scallion pancakes here is one of the best I've tasted.
The Best Steamed Buns in American – Chinese people in NY know where to go when they want to eat steamed pork buns: Joe's Shanghai. There are several restaurants in the Joe's Shanghai chain, and the one in Flushing is average compared to the rest. The best Joe's is the one in the Manhattan Chinatown, but if you go there on a weekend evening, be prepared for a long wait. People come to Joe's Shanghai for its steamed soupy buns, but there is also a long menu for other chinese dishes that you would expect. If you eat here, order the steamed buns with crab filling. They cost more than the plain pork buns, but they are worth it! When you eat the buns, hold it up with your spoon, not chopsticks. When you bite into it, beware of the steaming hot juices inside. enjoy!
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