Shanghai Café Deluxe

Chinese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant, and Dim Sum Restaurant$$$$
Little Italy, New York
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  • Julie L.
    Julie LoFebruary 10, 2016
    Locals told me this place better than joes Shanghai...and I believe it! Yummmm
  • Alex S.
    Alex SouquetMarch 18, 2016
    Amazing soup dumplings!!! I'm dreaming about them. And on top of that a really cheap price and really fast service. One of my favorite Chinese place in Chinatown.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LiaoOctober 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The lights are so weird here. The food is aight, disappointing.
  • PureWow
    PureWowNovember 2, 2016
    The best soup dumplings in Manhattan’s Chinatown can be found at this spot—maybe because you can see them being made right before your eyes. Read more
  • G luv K.
    G luv KimNovember 25, 2011
    Best soup dumplings!
  • Talisa C.
    Talisa ChangAugust 25, 2013
    Not as good as Shanghai Asian Manor down the street...
  • Eidan S.
    Eidan SpiegelMarch 21, 2016
    Steamed dumplings were very good
  • Setareh S.
    Setareh SaidiMarch 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Dumplings and Hot and Sour Soup 😋
  • Meir S.
    Meir SadanAugust 6, 2013
    When your pork soup noodles come, take one and poke a little hole in it to cool it down a bit, then put the whole thing in your mouth and have the bite of your life.
  • Ashish S.
    Ashish SethiApril 14, 2013
    Great Soup Dumplings!
  • Eli S.
    Eli ShowalterFebruary 22, 2016
    The xiaolongbao here are a lot better than Joe Shanghai's. The skin is thin and delicate. The pork stuffing is really delicious, but the soup inside is way too thin and flavorless.
  • Natalie A.
    Natalie AnilloJune 13, 2015
    If there's one thing you get here, get the pork with rice cakes. Unbelievable.
  • Dongseok Danny K.
    Dongseok Danny KimMarch 20, 2012
    Dumplings are amazing. Lol
  • Yijun L.
    Yijun LiaoMarch 12, 2012
    Best crab soup dumplings in NY!
  • Michael D.
    Michael De La RosaJanuary 14, 2015
    Steamed Tiny Buns with Crab Meat and Pork: $6.95
  • Alejandro B.
    Alejandro BuitronMay 21, 2016
    Everything is incredibly delicious.. The only thing is that u cannot pay with credit card.
  • Xian X.
    Xian XianDecember 31, 2011
    Rude waitresses, good shao long bao
  • daku k.
    daku kJuly 21, 2013
    CASH ONLY!!!!
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiOctober 7, 2015
    Soup dumplings have the kind of chewy skin that taste homemade. Delicious!
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RudolphJune 7, 2015
    Good dim sum
  • Kelsey P.
    Kelsey PerkinsJune 18, 2012
    Amazing pork soup dumplings and the shanghai noodle bowl is to die for!
  • Evan U.
    Evan UngerNovember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best soup dumplings in Manhattan. Get the pork ones. You will not be sorry. Also try the pea shoots.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownJune 10, 2015
    What's good here? The pork soup dumplings are what's good! They're small, but come as a set of 8. Get two lots, stuff your face and walk out with barely a $10 check.
  • Sarina
    SarinaDecember 31, 2015
    Good food if yu are careful what you order. Very good double cooked pork. Scallion pancake too greesy. Soup dumplings fairly good.
  • Dens
    DensApril 28, 2013
    If you are within 5 blocks of this place, I can't understand a scenario in which you should not drop for an order of pork soup dumplings.
  • Ed
    EdMay 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Soup dumplings are really cheap and great. Awful service, but for a $4.95 meal, I'm not expecting much!
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LeeMarch 26, 2014
    Finally - great soup dumplings for so cheap!
  • Luis O.
    Luis OchoaDecember 7, 2014
    Cash only. Great food
  • Debbie L.
    Debbie LiFebruary 20, 2013
    I don't know why I keep coming back since the service is so consistently horrible. Which means the food is definitely making up for it!
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥September 7, 2014
    The soup dumplings are a must
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinDecember 9, 2013
    Best $4.95 spent on soup dumplings EVER.
  • aika n.
    aika nkFebruary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get #2. Say Shaollonpoh
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerOctober 17, 2012
    Obviously get the soup dumplings, they're only $5! Besides that, definitely get a scallion pancake or two for the table. Love. LOVE the Mao Po tofu here.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CSeptember 10, 2014
    Not recommended for vegetarians. Even things like the eggplant and the spring rolls have meat in them. I ended up having the fried rice and it was subpar. My meat-eating friends enjoyed their meal.
  • Jianfan H.
    Jianfan HuFebruary 21, 2012
    Its a rush over here even though its empty... Check came before food....
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MelApril 25, 2014
    Pork Tiny buns
  • Erica V.
    Erica VirtueMay 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The #2 soup dumplings are amazing! Pro tip: take a small bite, drink out some of the soup, dip it in the sauce and eat the rest!
  • Weilin D.
    Weilin DengNovember 23, 2015
    The soup dumplings are always a safe bet. If you aren't allergic to seafood, the crabmeat pork dumplings are to die for. Any of the rice cake dishes are also extremely delicious and satisfying.
  • Jeein B.
    Jeein BeanFebruary 17, 2014
    Best soup dumplings ever! Pork ones were soo good and only 5 dollars.
  • Nancy D.
    Nancy DaoNovember 8, 2013
    Cash only. Party of two seats rather quickly.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CavallaroJuly 1, 2016
    Best xiaolongbao/soup dumplings in Chinatown hands down. Get two orders and the long beans for a nice, cheap lunch for two.
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LApril 21, 2013
    This may be the best Chinese food I've ever eaten! Loved the pork Lo Mein, pork soup dumplings and pork chop & string beans over rice. Can't beat $3.50 beers either!!!!!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 30, 2016
    "They explode with a hot, delicious pork broth and are to die for with their vinegar dipping sauce. I could eat my body weight in soup dumplings!" - Chef Gabriel Thompson Read more
  • Natalie C.
    Natalie ChoNovember 16, 2013
    Will fix any kinda hangover you have.
  • Saikai D.
    Saikai DesuAugust 23, 2011
    Have the pork and crab soup dumplings!
  • Philip G.
    Philip GarciaApril 4, 2015
    Hands down, the best soup dumplings I've had. Don't expect great service though.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarMay 31, 2016
    Crabmeat soup dumplings are great! Liked the sesame noodles and steamed pork dumplings too. Make sure you get some steamed bok choy to balance your meal out or risk a heavy food coma.
  • Andy K.
    Andy KimJune 22, 2014
    Food is ok. Service is unacceptable.
  • Mat T.
    Mat ThiesJanuary 15, 2014
    Great soup dumplings. Lots of yelling by the staff. When you first walk in you might feel like you're in trouble. Relax.
  • Katie E.
    Katie EytchMarch 15, 2016
    Super busy, super loud. The dumplings give you life. Want to come back on off hours to enjoy it more.
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