Joe's Shanghai

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Joe's Shanghai
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Xiaolongbao from Joe's Shanghai
Restaurant information
Current owner(s)Joe Si
Previous owner(s)Barbara Matsumura
Head chefJoe Si
Food typeShanghai cuisine

Joe's Shanghai (simplified Chinese: 鹿鸣春; traditional Chinese: 鹿鳴春; pinyin: Lù Míng Chūn) is a chain of seven Shanghainese restaurants in the United States and Japan. The original location was opened by restaurateur Mei Ping "Barbara" Matsumura and chef Kiu Sang "Joe" Si in 1995 in Flushing, Queens, followed by branches in Manhattan Chinatown and Midtown Manhattan.[1] There are three locations in Japan, two in Tokyo, one in Osaka and one in Sendai. Ms. Matsumura has opened over a dozen restaurants in the New York City area, including the popular Haru sushi chain, while Chef Si also opened Joe's Ginger one block from the Manhattan Chinatown location of Joe's Shanghai, building on the original concept but incorporating the influence of other Chinese cuisines, most notably from Hong Kong.[2]


The most famous dish at Joe's Shanghai is the pork or crab meat xiaolongbao,[3] a type of small Chinese steam bun, in which the soup is encased inside the dumpling. This is achieved by chilling a highly gelatinous soup and wrapping it in the dough while solid. When the buns are later steamed, the solids melt back into liquid soup within the outer bun casing.[4]

Reviews and media[edit]

In 1996, Ruth Reichl of the New York Times gave Joe's Shanghai two stars out of four.[5]

Currently, Zagat gives it a food rating of 4.2 out of 5.[6]

In a friendly bet between New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino over the outcome of the 2003 American League Championship between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, Mayor Bloomberg wagered one of his favorite foods from each borough of New York City. For the borough of Manhattan, he chose two dozen soup dumplings from Joe's Shanghai.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Joe's Shanghai | Restaurant Menus and Reviews". Zagat. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  2. ^ Sifton, Sam (August 20, 2003). "$25 AND UNDER; Shanghai Favorites With Some Hong Kong Flair". The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "New York: Fun in the city for the kids". The Independent. October 23, 2005. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007.
  4. ^ "Joe's Shanghai Restaurant Review". New York. Retrieved November 15, 2006.
  5. ^ Ruth Reich (April 26, 1996). "Joe's Shanghai Restaurant Review". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Joe's Shanghai | Restaurant Menus and Reviews". Zagat.
  7. ^ Jen Chung (October 8, 2003). "Yankees, Red Sox, and Bloomberg Loyalty". Gothamist. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017.

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Coordinates: 40°45′42.72″N 73°49′49.35″W / 40.7618667°N 73.8303750°W / 40.7618667; -73.8303750