Joe’s Shanghai

Restaurants, Chinese Queens
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Joe’s Shanghai
Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin

This Flushing mainstay is famed for its soup dumplings; each purse-shaped morsel contains a meatball surrounded by broth. An order of eight crab or pork dumplings is a steal at $5.


Venue name: Joe’s Shanghai
Address: 136-21 37th Ave
Cross street: between Main and Union Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11am–midnight
Transport: Subway: 7 to Flushing–Main St
Price: Average order of soup dumplings: $8. Cash only
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lily r

The wait is worth it here - but there WILL be a wait.Super bare bones, no flash or glamour here but the soup dumplings are amazing! If you don't come with a big group you'll be sharing a table with strangers, but it's all part of the fun Chinatown experience. If you've never had soup dumplings before, be sure to watch a video on how to eat - nothing worse than biting in and unexpectedly getting a mouthful of scalding hot soup. 

Christine G

I had lunch from there and we ordered take out from the location in/near Midtown. The food was prepared very quick and was ready when we made over. They cam highly recommended from a local and we were told we should try they steamed buns, and thats what they were known for... Little did we know that when we asked for and order that included 3 of 2 flavors that we would be purchasing a total of 36 buns and would be having a $115.00 lunch... Surprise! All in all the food was good, just be specific when ordering buns. LOL 

Zach L

If you're looking for typical, greasy New York Chinese takeout, you've come to the right place. Joe's Shanghai doesn't do anything special, but most of its beef dishes are solid and the steamed buns are great with a meal or by themselves.

Adam V

Clean, cordial, and good food. There is certainly a bustle, and the tables are packed in, but as a result, didn't have to wait without a reservation. The menu was quite comprehensive, covering a wide range of Chinese dishes, and the soup dumplings are always mentioned as a stand-out (in my opinion they were fun to try, but I personally prefer your typical fried or steamed dumpling). The service staff was competent, able to take and deliver our order pretty quickly, and everything tasted fresh. Overall nice meal, reasonably priced, tasty Chinese food.