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456 Shanghai Cuisine

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69 Mott St., New York, NY 10013 40.716313 -73.99837
nr. Canal St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-964-0003 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price Range: $$

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Hours

Daily, 11am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

B, D at Grand St.

Prices

$2.50-$38

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

It’s surprising to walk into a Chinese restaurant on Mott Street and not find it filled with large round tables topped with lazy Susans. But it’s a pleasant discovery at 456 Shanghai, where you’re more likely to get a two-top than a communal table with tourists using knives to eat their xiao long bao. Speaking of those Shanghainese soup dumplings, they’re a must-order here. Choose from pork or a funky pork-crab-meat version. Either way you’ll be receive eight, smallish thin-skinned beauties. Don’t trade them in for an order of Fried Tiny Buns, a similar dish where the chewy wrappers are replaced with puffy bao clouds that are topped with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and grounded with a good crunchy sear on their bottoms---It’s imperative to order both. Cold sesame noodles are glossed with a peanut-sesame sauce that’s well balanced with a vinegar-y bite. Grab a couple of dishes for the table to share by honing in on the Chef Specialties section of the menu. There you’ll find Spicy Tai-Chien Chicken that’s littered with chunks of meaty, smoked mushrooms and Steak Chinese Style, an unctuous plate of brown gravy sauced meat that’s fork-tender. There’s no dessert here, leaving you with two choices head back to the dim sum menu for an order of red bean stuffed pancakes or sprint around the corner to the Chinatown Ice Cream factory quick, before it closes for the night.

Recommended Dishes

Steamed juicy buns (pork, $5.25; pork-crabmeat $6.95); fried tiny buns, $5.25; cold noodles in sesame sauce, $3.95; spice Tai-Chien chicken, $14.95; steak Chinese style, $18.95

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