This is about as authentic northern (Beijing) ans Sichuan food that you will find in Boston. Very nice restaurant inside, the decor is nicer than your typical Chinatown joint. The Owners are friendly and handle all of your needs. I would suggest the Beijing and Sichuan specialties!
-- By Jake R. Boston, MA, 5/15/2012
I had never heard of New Shanghai before eating here, and it was good! They claim to be Szechuan, but they have dishes from several different Chinese cuisines, including (unfortunately) Americanized Chinese.
When you sit down, you're greeted with a little bowl of fried wonton skins covered in a sweet glaze and sprinkled with sesame seeds that were delicious. I really enjoyed the Crispy Whole Fish with Sweet & Sour Sauce (although it could've been crispier), the Salt & Pepper Prawns, and the Shredded Pork in Peking Sauce. The Steamed Pea Pod Stems were perfectly cooked - bright green in color - and had a great garlic flavor.
-- By Angel C. Boston, MA, 4/16/2012
Nice place - western style cleanliness. Staff a little slow but not unbearably so. Menu was understandable. We did not get very adventurous with the protein choices - but this is the place to do it if you are so inclined. We had spring rolls - nicely done. Sliced pork with minced garlic and chili sauce was delicious - although I was surprised it was served cold on a bed of shredded lettuce. Chinese Broccoli and Oyster Sauce was perfect. House Lo Mein was OK - tasted really good when we added the minced garlic and chili sauce from the pork.
-- By NewportFisherman, Newport, RI , 3/26/2012
The subtitle under the New Shanghai's name is "Peking-Szechwan Cuisine." In other words, this place claims to serve 3 of the 4 major types of Chinese cuisine-- eastern, northern, western-- everything except southern. Since the restaurant is in Chinatown, I guess it is trying to be different from most of the other restaurants here, which mainly serve Cantonese food. As the name suggests, the menu is really eclectic. Normally, this would ring alarm bells, but so far every item we've tried (from spicy Sichuanese noodles to tamer offerings from Beijing and Shanghai) has been pretty solid, at very reasonable prices. I should add that we've only had take-out, and so we can't comment on the table service (although the staff members are always friendly).
-- By GracefulUnderFire, Boston, MA, 1/30/2012
Wow - Thank you Dragon year masses crowding Chinatown. New Shanghai was the fifth choice Saturday evening and the first where we got seated without significant wait...
Szechuan cold noodles and dry fish filet really stood out. Three vegetable dishes were very fresh and tasty - cucumbers, bamboo shoots, chinese okra ... Definitely beats Chinatown's pretentious Cantonese tastelessness.
By Manfred S. Medford, MA, 1/29/2012
Pleasantly surprised that the food was so tasty and fresh, I never expect to get decent Chinese food anywhere but home in NYC. Really enjoyed our meal, however was dismayed to find out that we were charged an additional $3 per plate for rice, which in my experience has always been served with meals at no extra charge. I didn't recall seeing this charge on the menu, perhaps it was there, but the waiter did not mention there was a charge for the rice either. Just a little hiccup in what otherwise would have been a very enjoyable meal.
By Skye7144, New York city , 11/27/2011
We had an exquisite dining experience on Oct.21, 2011.We ordered vegetarian entrees: Bean Curd Casserole and Baby Bok Choy with Bean Curd (see photo), vegetarian spring rolls for appetizer and two glasses of Merlot. We were treated to an authentic, fresh, delicious and well- prepared Chinese vegetarian feast. The service was excellent. The ambience was excellent compared to other similar restaurants in this area where we have to choose between ambience and quality of food. The price of our meal was most reasonable. Overall, we had a wonderful culinary experience. We believe that the New Shanghai Restaurant is indeed the 'The New Best Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown Boston".
By JBDuo, Tampa, FL , October 22, 2011
Went here for lunch with a few colleagues. There were 8 of us and we ordered a combo meal which included 8 or 9 different plates of food.
The meal started with some jellyfish and a spicy beef salad. Next came an egg drop-like soup with tofu in it. The remainder of the meal was different meat dishes with a bit of a spicy kick to it. Overall, we were well fed and enjoyed the unique experience of trying different kinds of Szechaun cuisine.
The service was fine, no issues and the whole meal was to the tune of $125. The restaurant seemed clean and it was moderately busy. I'd say this is a safe bet for some Szechuan.
By ThatGuy09, Durham, NH, August 24, 2011
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