Late night visit to Joe's Shanghai in Chinatown because my friend had a hankering for pork soup dumplings. Even though we were closer to the midtown location of Joe's, my friend and I both agree that it was worth trekking down to the Chinatown branch for better quality dumplings. It has been a long time since my last visit to Joe's. Apparently, Joe's is as popular as ever. At 930pm on a Sunday night, we actually had to wait 15-20 minutes for a shared table. In fact, people continued to stream in way past 10pm.
We ordered 2 baskets of the pork soup dumplings for the 2 of us. Oink! Oink! The soup dumplings definitely hit the spot, but I couldn't help but notice that the skin of the dumplings were not as thin as the ones from Din Tai Fung, a Taiwanese soup dumpling chain that has made its way stateside (LA and Seattle).
We also ordered stir-fried snow pea leaves, a veggie dish that's only available at authentic Chinese restaurants.
Verdict: AA. Simple, satisfying meal. Joe's is still THE place to go for soup dumplings in NYC.
9 Pell Street (Between Bowery & Doyers St.)