If you haven’t had soup dumplings (or xiao long bao), then you are missing out. I don’t know what it is about them, but they’re totally addicting and totally delicious. Many people head to Joe’s Shanghai or even Shanghai Cafe to get their fill, but I’ve found my favorite soup dumplings elsewhere. Shanghai Asian Manor!
Shanghai Asian Manor’s xlb dumplings are their most popular menu item. You can either get them with pork for $5.45 or with a mix of crab and pork for $7.45 and each order comes with eight dumplings (Ugh, Chinatown is so cheap!!). Besides these delicious little things, there’s plenty else on the menu like a wide variety of appetizers, noodles, cold dishes, fried rice, rice cakes, and soups. When I went with my friend we got the crab and pork soup dumplings and an order of beef pan-fried noodles.
The broth, the meat, and the dumpling wrapper of the soup dumplings were all excellent. The skin is a little thinner compared to others I’ve had, but it can still hold the weight of all that goodness inside. There’s just something about the flavor of this soup and the combination of crab and pork that make Shanghai Asian Manor’s stand out. And the noodle dish was a huge portion and yummy as well.
The restaurant is not that big, but definitely not cramped, with both tables and booths. Each time I’ve gone, I haven’t had to wait long to get seated even when there were a lot of people dining at the restaurant (probably due to their quick service).
Unlike many other places in Chinatown, Shanghai Asian Manor accepts credit cards, but there is a $20-$25 minimum. If you’re looking for a quick, cheap, sit-down Chinese or Shanghainese meal, Shanghai Asian Manor is a safe bet.
Crab and pork soup dumplings, beef pan-fried noodles
21 Mott St
New York, NY 10013