My search for the best dumplings in New York continues….

SHANGHAI ASIAN CUISINE, 14 Elizabeth Street (between Canal and Bayard Street), Chinatown

A few years ago when I was in the thick of my dumpling search around NYC, I paid a visit to Shanghai Asian Manor. I wasn’t overly impressed with their soup dumplings prefering the others around the neighborhood.

Small Little Storefront

Just recently I stumbled upon a storefront with a similar font and logo as Shanghai Asian Manor, this one with the name Shanghai Asian Cuisine. Turns out they are indeed related (although this used to have different owners). Figured maybe I should give the company a second chance.

Xiao Long Bao at SHANGHAI ASIAN CUISINE

This restaurant is much smaller and can get overcrowded. I skipped over the rest of the menu in favor of my usual xiao long bao with crab and pork.

Pork and Crab Soup Dumpling at SHANGHAI ASIAN CUISINE

I can’t quite remember the dimensions of the ones I tried years ago, but these are bigger (and more expensive) than most of the ones I’ve been tasting lately.

Pork and Crab Soup Dumpling at SHANGHAI ASIAN CUISINE

My big complaint last time was that the dumplings were rather bland. Turns out the issues are the same here. The soup is watery and doesn’t have much flavor on its own. It really needs the accompanying soy ginger sauce.

The Mess Inside

The crab and pork filling was a bit chewy and also rather bland. It did have a strong fishy flavor and I wouldn’t be surprised if they substituted tuna fish for the crab meat.

Very Important Sauce

I thought perhaps my visit to their original location was a fluke, but I’m afraid these soup dumplings were not much better. Yet if they open up another location, I might be foolish enough to try them again. The things I do for my art.

Does Shanghai Asian Cuisine make the best dumplings in NY? Their sister restaurant was a disappointment and I’m afraid these bland, limp dumplings aren’t much better. These get a 5 out of 10.

SHANGHAI ASIAN CUISINE
14 Elizabeth Street (between Canal and Bayard Street),
Chinatown
(212) 964-5640
shanghaiasiancuisine.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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