456 Shanghai Cuisine

Chinese Restaurant and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, New York
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  • the lovely hao l.
    these older asians will remind you of your grandparents from back home
  • Howard
    HowardJune 15
    Eater Recommend Soup Dumplings
  • Kathy O.
    Kathy O'SheaMarch 28
    Soup dumplings, sweet & sour soup & Shanghai Pan Fried Noodles☆ Service is superb!
  • Adam L.
    Adam LangdonFebruary 19
    Me and my buddies go to. He's not super adventurous about foods but he does enjoy sesame chicken. This is our go to for Chinatown!
  • Vania S.
    Vania S.January 17
    SO CHEAP. My friends and I paid $9 per person including tip. Pork soup dumplings are good, but on the smaller side. Try the zha jiang mian (black bean noodles).
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanJanuary 4
    must try xiaolongbaos, skip the wontons in spicy sauce, it wasn't spicy at all.
  • SS
    SSOctober 30, 2016
    They have been so rude. Just after we had the dinner they took everything from the table and we couldnt even have our tea because they wanted have more customers
  • Abn N.
    Abn NSeptember 11, 2016
    The tiny fried buns + the pork soup dumplings
  • Cybill E.
    Cybill EchegoyenAugust 22, 2016
    Only spot I ever go to when in Chinatown! Soup dumplings are to die for! 😍
  • Louis B.
    Louis BitskoJuly 30, 2016
    Soup Dumplings & Chicken Lo Mein!!!
  • Sam O.
    Sam OriachMay 29, 2016
    Great soup dumplings. The kung pao chicken is also surprisingly delicious.
  • Karan T.
    Karan TamhaneMay 3, 2016
    All their dumplings were very good
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanApril 19, 2016
    Soup Dumplings on Soup Dumplings
  • Zack K.
    Zack KantorMarch 16, 2016
    soup dumplings are super small but super 🔥
  • Kate
    KateFebruary 7, 2016
    Very busy restaurant with deliciously authentic Chinese food.
  • Lizzie B.
    Lizzie BordenFebruary 7, 2016
    Lunch goodness
  • Savannah P.
    Savannah PetrickJanuary 31, 2016
    xiao long bao (soup dumplings) are incredible- very small and juicy! the fried pork buns are kinda thick and greasy but also pretty good. $18 card minimum.
  • Sefi K.
    Sefi KeiniJanuary 27, 2016
    One of the best all around Chinese restaurants in Chinatown
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonJanuary 27, 2016
    The soup dumplings are small & delicious. You'll want more than 1 order, unless you're only 2 people. The fried tiny buns (while not tiny) are good too. Stir fried string beans are surprisingly great.
  • Keyue B.
    Keyue BaoDecember 24, 2015
    Everything
  • Kate 💎 K.
    Kate 💎 KolendaDecember 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The "mini" dumplings are anything but mini, but make sure you order the pork soup dumplings and beef pancake with egg; the latter is cooked in plum sauce and is a great balance of sweet and savory.
  • tricia w.
    tricia wangDecember 5, 2015
    This is mostly Chinese food for white people. It's acceptable but not great, you can find better in chinatown. Do get the red bean pancake. But The fried turnip is no where as good as joe's shanghai.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AceAugust 7, 2015
    Soup dumplings. Garlic Seaweed. String beans. Orange chicken. Duck. Scallion Pancake. You cannot go wrong here. Waiting for a table takes longer between 7-9. 9 is prime time for getting a table.
  • jake f.
    jake furstMay 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    the soup dumplings are overrated but everything else is underrated. the spicy Szechuan chicken is phenomenal, but those green hot peppers don't lie.
  • Janelle G.
    Janelle GraceApril 26, 2015
    Soup dumplings for the win! Also, the fried tiny dumplings are actually the opposite of tiny (compared to the soup dumplings) and crazy juicy.
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WhitfieldApril 11, 2015
    Juicy pork buns (soup dumplings) are delicious. Also try the Crispy Turnip - you will be surprised but not disappointed!!
  • Josh U.
    Josh UptonMarch 28, 2015
    FRIED TINY BUNS.
  • Roxanne S.
    Roxanne SchwartzMarch 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite Chinese in c-town. Go for the beef & peppers, the sesame noodles & the orange chicken.
  • Linda C.
    Linda ChowFebruary 11, 2015
    Grew up eating here! Can never go wrong with the pork soup dumplings, scallion pancakes, and stir fried rice cakes!!
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneFebruary 10, 2015
    Definitely worth it, BUT even though there's a Visa/MasterCard sticker on the door, after I ate they told me there's an $18 minimum charge. The server asked me to tip $6 to make my check $18. No.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel ModicaFebruary 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    BYOB!!!! The dumplings are great
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJanuary 20, 2015
    At this spot you can find fried tiny buns, aka sheng jian bao, which are basically the fried cousin of soup dumplings, but encased in thick, bready shell instead of a delicate steamed wrapper. Read more
  • Tarah F.
    Tarah FeinbergDecember 30, 2014
    The soup dumplings, of course. Everything was really good - aromatic duck, Lo mein, Singaporean noodles, etc. Not greasy, just delicious.
  • LETTUCEDINE
    LETTUCEDINEDecember 7, 2014
    You're going to want 5766237986 orders of the soup dumplings
  • Nicholas D.
    Nicholas DoyleSeptember 13, 2014
    Skip the overrated soup dumplings. You want the "Tiny" fried buns. They're a steam bun-soup dumpling hybrid of pillowy dough and soupy porky insides that are by no means tiny, in shape or flavor.
  • Bennett
    BennettSeptember 11, 2014
    Soup dumplings are as good as you can get in Chinatown
  • Ben R.
    Ben RAugust 28, 2014
    Fried tiny buns!
  • New York Post
    New York PostAugust 25, 2014
    Three dedicated cooks expertly hand-make dumplings from lean pork shoulder daily. Poke a hole in the skin to cool it down or let the soup run out into your spoon, then add the ginger-vinegar. Savor. Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Pichet Ong, chef of Coppelia, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Fried tiny buns w/ pork. Read more
  • Peter F.
    Peter ForemanAugust 18, 2014
    The soup dumplings are great.
  • Jane D.
    Jane DongAugust 15, 2014
    Cold sesame noodles are enormous and enough for two people.
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PhanAugust 13, 2014
    Soup dumplings and spicy eggplant dishes!
  • Maria T.
    Maria TobarAugust 10, 2014
    Best Chinese I've ever tried :) the rice ball dessert it's amazing!
  • Rachel Slurs
    Rachel SlursAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic food and service. Favorites include (not so) tiny buns, string beans, pan fried noodles, scallion pancakes, sesame chicken, pan fried dumplings, and soup dumplings.
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    The xiao long bao (soup dumplings) here are pretty average, and skew on the smaller side.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 9, 2014
    This place is a real gem for Shanghai cuisine. Come here and try the crap & pork soup dumplings and order at least two of the stir fries.
  • AP d.
    AP du PlessisMay 17, 2014
    Very middle-of-the-road
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RobinsonMay 14, 2014
    The "soup dumplings" are delish. But you have to hound the staff for everything. Repeatedly. It's like talking to Dorey from Finding Nemo.
  • Compass
    CompassApril 24, 2014
    Shanghainese soup dumplings are a must-order at one of Chinatown's most famous restaurants. For dim sum or dinner, 456 Shanhai offers the best in authentic and affordable dishes.
  • S A.
    S AMarch 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try their fried buns.
  • Emily H.
    This is real authentic Chinese food, I studied abroad in Beijing I would know. Get the soup dumplings, the best I've ever had!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinFebruary 13, 2014
    Cold noodles and pork soup dumplings
  • Jerry D.
    Jerry DietlFebruary 6, 2014
    Soup dumplings a must
  • Anna S.
    Anna SantiagoFebruary 2, 2014
    This restaurant serves general tsos but no fortune cookies at the end and they told me they didn't have Chinese broccoli but I think they do. Not cool.
  • Caitlin B.
    Caitlin ByrnesJanuary 11, 2014
    Cold noodles in sesame = cold noodles with peanut butter melted on top. It's as gross as it sounds.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LoweJanuary 11, 2014
    Could be better
  • Eric T.
    Eric TashDecember 25, 2013
    Amazing! Lost among the throngs of Chinese restos, this hole in the wall aims to please. Come here for lunch and you won't have to worry about to dinner because you'll be stuffed. Prepare to share!
  • Jasmine M.
    Jasmine MayesNovember 5, 2013
    Seriously great, would totally recommend to everyone!
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanOctober 16, 2013
    Get the soup dumplings. Advice-grab a steaming lava temperature dumpling and fill up the white spoon with dumpling sauce and let the dumpling cool in it. Once it's no longer 1000 kelvin - take a bite!
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanOctober 16, 2013
    Get the pork shoulder with bok choi. It's a delicious huge family style amount of food for you to share with the table. It's a little sweet, but also delicious.
  • Nickolaus S.
    Nickolaus SugaiOctober 2, 2013
    Ask for Raymond, as good as service as you can get in Chinatown. Eff Joe's Shanghai, this place is better.
  • Ben Z.
    Ben ZhukAugust 22, 2013
    $2.95 cold sesame noodle. Xiao long bao are small but great. Try the fish.
  • NickMack
    NickMackAugust 20, 2013
    The pork shoulder in honey sauce is a large serving. Suitable for groups of 4+... Quite yummy. The pork is very, very tender. If you're not handy with chopsticks, you can get cutlery.
  • Flo Flo
    Flo FloAugust 10, 2013
    This is a decent Chinese cuisine place. Liked the deep fried duck and that's about it.
  • Ruby K.
    Ruby KamJuly 8, 2013
    Get the second option on the lunch special menu for a healthier option:)
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PharesJuly 5, 2013
    Soup dumplings
  • Stephanie T.
    Stephanie TanJune 6, 2013
    Underwhelming and bland. Go to Shanghai Cafe for the fried pork buns and Joe's Shanghai for the xiao long baos.
  • Nana
    NanaMay 26, 2013
    It's very good. I love it.
  • Derrick F.
    Derrick FiddesMarch 25, 2013
    Crispy duck is amazing
  • Eileen H.
    Eileen HMarch 24, 2013
    They're known for their shen jian bao.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 15, 2013
    Better than average Shanghai-style classics in a clean, bright setting. Tasty lunch specials are a great deal.
  • Bobby I.
    Bobby IrvenFebruary 26, 2013
    Waiters are super friendly and patient! They know us by name. Food isn't the most authentic but it is great! And I used to live in china so I know!
  • Greg T.
    Greg TakayamaFebruary 17, 2013
    The xiao long bao are small but formidable.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChanFebruary 15, 2013
    One of the better places in Chinatown for soup dumplings.
  • Kirill P.
    Kirill PereverzevFebruary 13, 2013
    Brilliant food, but funny and wish-to-kick out personnel ;) recommend.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListSeptember 4, 2012
    The setting is dropped-ceiling bland, but real pleasures await: outstanding soup dumplings, fried fish, cold noodles and stir-fries.
  • Sharyn C.
    Sharyn ChanJuly 31, 2012
    Soup dumplings are totally unexpected and great! The soup is inside
  • Claire S.
    Claire S.July 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried tiny buns!
  • Morgan A. J.
    Morgan A. JonesMay 3, 2012
    Speaking Mandarin here help. Shanghainese is even better.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KApril 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cold sesame noodles & awesome pork buns. Beef & scallions was solid. Waiter was a little snappy but doesn't matter, makes it more authentic? Great value. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Fei J.
    Fei JinFebruary 5, 2012
    Casserole = giant bowl of soup
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2012
    Stir-fried dishes are the go to here, & no meal is complete without an order of the xiao long bao. For groups of three or more, consider the massive $15 pork shoulder in honey sauce. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Spencer F.
    Spencer FryJanuary 9, 2012
    Get the scallion pancake with eggs and beef.
  • Ed S.
    Ed SteinbergDecember 23, 2011
    Open 24 hours!
  • Jon L.
    Jon LinDecember 11, 2011
    Nice manager (also of nice green bo). Good food!
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuDecember 8, 2011
    Eddie Huang (BaoHaus) recommends the pork and pepper stir fry, 8 treasure sticky rice dessert, liang jing yi soup, beef in egg pancake
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesNovember 29, 2011
    Recommended: Steamed juicy pork buns; steamed crab and pork buns; fried tiny buns; pork, ham, bamboo shoots and tofu-skin ribbon casserole; pork shoulder in honey sauce; sautéed eels with chives. Read more
  • Shyr M.
    Shyr MartinNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the salt and pepper pork chops! You won't regret it, eat with rice
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HodgeNovember 15, 2011
    Staff is rude. Food is delicious!
  • Clea C.
    Clea CoulterNovember 13, 2011
    Wonderful fresh food! The house special sea bass was fantastic as was the fried noodle plate. Highly recommended. Read more
  • Robert S.
    Robert SalzlerOctober 31, 2011
    Just ok... Waitress was rude...
  • Robert H.
    Robert HarveyOctober 29, 2011
    Best Chinese in Chinatown,Veggie Dumplings are fantastic.
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuOctober 17, 2011
    The fried tiny buns are better than the soup dumplings.
  • sharilyn
    sharilynSeptember 22, 2011
    Totally solid Shanghainese food, unpretentious, hearty. Steamed buns especially good!
  • Philip L.
    Philip LamSeptember 8, 2011
    Was actually disappointed with the food. Soup dumplings were smallish, and while the skins were thin and delicate, the filling and soup were underwhelming. More tourists than locals...
  • Nicky D.
    Nicky DigitalSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you've made it this far you may as well eat some food! Might I suggest the sesame noodles?
  • Min T.
    Min TanAugust 22, 2011
    Love the steamed pork buns. Long wait times and ok employee attitude. A tip for this place: don't get the crab meat steam pork buns they cost more + taste exactly the same as the regular ones.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrennerAugust 7, 2011
    The bathrooms are surprisingly clean and when you go downstairs you cab peak into the kitchen which is also shockingly clean.
  • Shyr M.
    Shyr MartinJuly 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Their pork chop with salt and pepper is good!
  • Minmin W.
    Minmin WuJune 21, 2011
    Amazing food, great service,nice boss.
  • Kathy O.
    Kathy O'SheaMarch 28
    Soup dumplings, sweet & sour soup and Shanghai pan fried noodles☆☆☆☆☆
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