Shanghai Café Deluxe

Chinese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant, and Dim Sum Restaurant$$$$
Little Italy, New York
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  • Karen
    Karen1 week ago
    The soup dumplings here are delicious and a must-have. The service is very poor.
  • Sanam L.
    Sanam Lakhwara3 weeks ago
    Great place. Try the pork dumplings.
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuAugust 9
    The xiaolongbao here are some of the best I've had in the city. Also be sure to try the shengjianbao (fried pork buns), another Shanghai specialty.
  • Lakisha H.
    Best Chinese food I ever had. Service was good. I enjoyed it.
  • Erinn L.
    Erinn LeeJune 26
    pro tip: walk from midtown to here in the rain with a friend and try (but fail) to slowly eat the pork soup dumplings. a wonderful place to end an adventurous night
  • Victoria U.
    Soup dumplings are pockets of goodness. Pro tip- add a side of bok choy to two orders of dumplings.
  • Victoria W.
    Authentic soup dumplings. Not a fancy place, but always room for everyone
  • Sanna W.
    Super noisy crowded place. But the food is great - especially baby bok choy and sesame noodles.
  • Sofia P.
    Huge menu! But everything was good. Go for the dim sum and dumpling options
  • Irina K.
    Irina KimMarch 5
    The soup dumplings are must try 👌🏼
  • Mike D.
    Mike DemaraisFebruary 12
    Soup dumplings
  • Guibens F.
    Try the Chicken and Broccoli...Best in the city!
  • Patty
    PattyJanuary 30
    The soup dumplings are amazing!
  • Jarel H.
    Jarel HillJanuary 2
    Best soup dumplings. Scallion pancakes. Fried dumplings
  • Asli S.
    Asli SinarDecember 31, 2016
    Crowded, but fast service and great prices. Pork soup dumplings were delicious. Lo mein had a great smoky flavor.
  • Georgina J.
    Georgina JenkinsDecember 27, 2016
    The fried pork dumplings were amazing and so were all the other dumplings and noodles.
  • Emily J.
    Emily JenkinsDecember 27, 2016
    Pork soup dumplings are to die for (other dumplings,noodles and scallion pancakes great). Servers didn't talk to us about a table for a while, but when we were finally seated service was very fast
  • San S.
    San SanNovember 15, 2016
    Great food. Cash only
  • 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
  • Tif C.
    Tif C.November 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food and good soup dumplings. Recommend coming early if you want the zhongzi bc they're usually out :(
  • TooLive M.
    TooLive MilzOctober 4, 2016
    Everything
  • Jackie G.
    Jackie GordonOctober 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Rice cakes with preserved cabbage and shredded pork; beef and peppers; scallion pancakes and soup dumplings
  • C D.
    C DaleySeptember 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The best pork soup dumplings in Chinatown. The broth is the tastiest. I love the crispy scallion pancake too.
    Upvoted Jun 24
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedSeptember 9, 2016
    Cheap Eat: $5 for 8 soup dumplings. Read more
  • Elena L.
    Elena L.September 1, 2016
    Great Chinese food, dimsum, noodles soups were excellent!
  • 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
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Owen H.
    Owen HerterichAugust 28, 2016
    Soup dumplings!
  • Michelle E.
    Michelle EvangelineAugust 28, 2016
    Sweet Sour Pork Chop and Crab Xiao long Bao!
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GMAugust 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best soup dumplings in Chinatown!
  • Sharonn Z.
    Sharonn ZhengAugust 1, 2016
    Mediocre food. VERY rude servers
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateJuly 28, 2016
    Hot & Sour 🍵 and dumps💯
  • Louis B.
    Louis BitskoJuly 23, 2016
    Some of the worst Chinese Food I've had in NYC. Soup dumplings barely pass for sub-par. Pan fried noodles & fried rice & wontons were basically inedible.
  • Louis B.
    Louis BitskoJuly 23, 2016
    Despite being listed as accepting Credit Cards this is a Cash Only Restaurant.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ClancyJuly 14, 2016
    Amazing soup dumplings
  • Angie H.
    Angie HwangJuly 10, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Best pork soup dumplings in New York City. Really! It's $5 for 8 soup dumplings, plus order some scallion pancakes to go with it, you can't go wrong. Don't forget to bring your cash.
  • Evelyn L.
    Evelyn LingJuly 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Soup dumplings here are the best in the city 😋
  • Taylor M.
    Taylor MarshJuly 3, 2016
    soup dumplings, scallion pancake, lo mein, bok choy
  • 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.
  • Sahir J.
    Sahir JaggiJune 16, 2016
    Grab the soup dumplings for sure, it's so cheap
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenJune 16, 2016
    soup dumplings are 8 for $5
  • C D.
    C DaleyJune 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork soup dumplings and scallion pancake
  • Marc L.
    Marc LongJune 1, 2016
    The soup dumplings are unbelievable but don't underrate their normal Chinese food either! Fantastic!
  • 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.
  • Steven
    StevenMay 28, 2016
    General Tso's chicken is great! Also, everybody is right - the soup dumplings are amazing.
  • Alejandro B.
    Alejandro BuitronMay 21, 2016
    Everything is incredibly delicious.. The only thing is that u cannot pay with credit card.
  • Sam O.
    Sam OriachApril 23, 2016
    The soup dumplings are impeccable. They literally melt in your mouth. Scallion pancakes are good and so is the shrimp fried rice.
  • David L.
    David Lam-LoiApril 19, 2016
    Soup dumplings are the way to go
  • lanamaniac
    lanamaniacApril 15, 2016
    Soup dumplings
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerApril 4, 2016
    Everything here is good but the soup dumplings are the star. That and scallion pancakes will have you very full and happy.
  • Sam G.
    Sam GilApril 3, 2016
    Only had the dumplings which were great but favourite is lam zhou. We had no wait as two person.
  • Randall N.
    Randall NovalMarch 29, 2016
    Enormous portions. Order half of what you want and you'll still leave with a really good bag of leftovers.
  • Zara R.
    Zara RobertsMarch 27, 2016
    Best xiao long bao in Nyc
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinMarch 25, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Soup dumplings. Shanghai noodles. Done. Cash only I think
  • Eidan S.
    Eidan SpiegelMarch 21, 2016
    Steamed dumplings were very good
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zack K.
    Zack KantorMarch 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    some of the finest lings in New York City, absolute best deal for the quality
  • James C.
    James CarringtonMarch 7, 2016
    Amazing food at low prices. If you can put up with the no fuss service then you're in for a treat.
  • Setareh S.
    Setareh SaidiMarch 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Dumplings and Hot and Sour Soup 😋
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 29, 2016
    Pretty good XLB. Interesting fried bao dumplings. Cheap.
  • 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.
  • Andres A.
    Andres AlonsoFebruary 14, 2016
    Incredible soup dumplings
  • Julie L.
    Julie LoFebruary 10, 2016
    Locals told me this place better than joes Shanghai...and I believe it! Yummmm
  • honeywhatscooking.com
    honeywhatscooking.comFebruary 9, 2016
    Soup Pork Dumplings are out of this world. So good! Kung Pao Chicken is delish!! The Fried Chicken Noodles were just okay for me. This place is always packed, but service is quick.
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanFebruary 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Those soup dumplings (that actually aren't called soup dumplings on the menu) are amaze balls.
  • Jay S.
    Jay SJanuary 17, 2016
    Order some scallion pancakes to go with those soup dumplings.
  • Philip R.
    Philip RaeJanuary 6, 2016
    Soup Dumplings
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan L.January 3, 2016
    A lot of commotion going on on Saturday nights, but they quickly. Pan fried and soup dumplings were delicious. Be advised: CASH ONLY.
  • 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.
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SpivakDecember 30, 2015
    Delicious food!
  • Lydia D.
    Lydia DingDecember 19, 2015
    Soup dumplings. You're missing out if you don't get them
  • Timothy S.
    Timothy SpringsteadDecember 17, 2015
    Soup dumplings
  • 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.
  • Alejandro P.
    Alejandro PortelaNovember 10, 2015
    Xiao long bao
  • Katie S.
    Katie SmileyOctober 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Soup dumplings heaven!!
  • A M.
    A MOctober 20, 2015
    Tiny pork buns, scallion pancakes, veggie fried rice
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttOctober 16, 2015
    The speed at which you're served dumplings is amazing, especially if you don't mind sharing a table with strangers. The pork and crab dumplings are worth the trip.
  • Johanna
    JohannaOctober 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't bother with anything except the steamed pork tiny buns (not because everything else is bad, but because the soup dumplings are just, that, good).
  • Jacques C.
    Jacques ChiracOctober 11, 2015
    These guys don't know how to do dumpling dough...
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanOctober 11, 2015
    Bang for your buck soup dumplings
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonOctober 11, 2015
    Get soup dumplings for sure. The rice cake dishes are interesting. The spicy cabbage salad is also worth getting if you're looking to add a more refreshing component to your meal.
    Upvoted 2 hours ago
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiOctober 7, 2015
    Soup dumplings have the kind of chewy skin that taste homemade. Delicious!
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterSeptember 27, 2015
    A no-brainer: get the xlb (crabmeat soup dumplings) + one of their iced teas or fresh watermelon juices!
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterSeptember 27, 2015
    Saving the best of all to celebrate National Dumpling Day 9/26/15: xiao lung bao (crabmeat soup dumplings)!
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth LightbodySeptember 14, 2015
    Order the cold noodles, thank me later. Oh, and get the broccoli too. Deeeeelish.
  • Rob M.
    Rob MortonSeptember 11, 2015
    F*uck this place. Shit service and a minimum per person for cash only.
  • Artsem K.
    Artsem KamenkaSeptember 9, 2015
    after we paid and left the tips the administrator girl has almost forced us to leave some extra tips for the waiter. Don't go there unless you like do charity;)
  • Connie
    ConnieSeptember 4, 2015
    If you're feeling adventurous and want a legit chinatown restaurant experience, try this out and get the Soup Dumpings!
  • Yelena
    YelenaAugust 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Soup dumplings forever.
  • Guorui W.
    Guorui WuAugust 23, 2015
    Soup dumplings here are the best
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzAugust 6, 2015
    Cash only, as are many places in Chinatown.
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MAugust 1, 2015
    Pan fried pork dumplings were awesome! The lo mein is really good too
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacJuly 28, 2015
    Smells interesting...service is wicked fast, to the point of pushiness. Don't have pea shoots OR Chinese broccoli?? Aren't you a Chinese restaurant?
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornJuly 18, 2015
    Soup dumplings are not even close to Joes, not even close. Other dumplings and scallion pancake are really nice tho.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyJuly 7, 2015
    Great alternative to Joe's Shanghai if you're looking for soup dumplings. I can't detect a difference between the two except the wait is much shorter here!
  • Stefanie B.
    Stefanie BrücklerJuly 4, 2015
    Best soup dumplings in Chinatown!
  • Heejung K.
    Heejung KimJuly 2, 2015
    Soup dumplings were beyond my expectations. The shanghai pan fried noodles were very good too!
  • Jhokania D.
    Jhokania D.June 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Dim sum and general tsao is very good
  • Ed
    EdJune 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Unbeatable for the price. Get some earplugs though, the lady cashier keeps yelling all over the place which is reeaaally annoying!
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyJune 14, 2015
    Remarkably super delicious food. Just don't look at the floors or inspect the battered menus too carefully. Those are not indicators of quality... Only flavor. I'm coming back often.
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