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NEW YORK: Red Egg

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on May 17, 2010

202 Centre St, New York, NY 10013
212 966 1123

Price: Reasonable (A bit pricey if you compare to Chinatown)
Rating: Good
Directions: N,Q,R,W,6 to Canal
Reservations: You don’t need them
Must Get: bok choy, garlic spare ribs

Red Egg is the place to go if you are craving dim sum, can’t stand the fish smells and congestion of Chinatown, and want to avoid sitting with random people and the yelling of waiters. The food is a mix of traditional and modern. You can find your siu mai with veal chops, your radish cakes with pork and cilantro dumplings, your pork soup dumplings with chicharron de pollo… Yes, you read correctly! Chicharron de pollo! Did I forget to mention this is a Chinese/Peruvian place? Do not hesitate about this combination, check this place and Flor de Mayo on the Upper West Side out if you doubt me. This combination works, especially when it comes to their bok choy and garlic spare ribs. The only dish I wouldn’t order again would be their pork and cilantro dumplings. It’s not that they were awful; they just didn’t have any cilantro or cilantro flavoring in them!

Early warning before you get here, don’t expect little old Chinese ladies pushing carts here. There’s a paper menu that you check off instead. If you’re worried, just point to the dishes on the table next to you.

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NEW YORK: Joe’s Shanghai

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on March 4, 2010

9 Pell Street, New York, NY 10013
212 233 8888 (so Chinese!)

PRICE: Cheap
RATING: It was alright.
DIRECTIONS: NQRW6ACE to Canal. Then walk.
RESERVATIONS: They don’t take them.
MUST GET: Peking Style Chicken

What a disappointment! After hearing about this place for years, Ally and I decided to check it out one Sunday for lunch. I expected pork soup dumplings reminiscent of ding tai fong, but they weren’t even as good as shangai cafe (on Mott, north of canal)!

The other dishes we order were great though, so if you do come here, please order their Peking chicken (steamed chicken topped with ginger and green onions) and their scallion pancake.

You will never see me back here though due to the service, the wait, and the disappointing pork dumplings. Our waiter asked us if wanted rice with our meal and after we both said no, he asked if we were dieting!! How rude.