Last night I randomally stopped into Shanghai Cafe for a quick Chinatown bite. The place was pretty busy, uncomfortably warm, and nothing too fancy to look at. The food is fine and the soup dumplings are pretty good.
I ordered the steamed tiny buns with crab meat and pork ($6.25), soup dumplings, which were really good, although next time I would just get the pork dumplings and skip the crab. The flavor of the soup in the bun was excellent though.
I ordered shredded pork with bean curd skin and cabbage ($7.50), per the waiter's suggestion. It was somewhat bland, but still a bit tasty, if that is at all possible. It was a healthy dish and just fine.
So, for you Shanghai fix, Shanghai Cafe hits the spot, just order the pork soup dumplings and you'll be fine.
100 Mott St. (bet. Canal and Hester)
New York, NY 10013