Shang Hai Treats At Green Bo Restaurant NY Chinatown
Green Bo Restaurant
66 Bayard Street
New York, NY 10013
212 625 2359
I went out with some co-workers a few weekends ago for ShangHainese Food in New York’s Chinatown. Personally I have to say that it’s always hard to go to Chinatown after returning from China because you’re pretty much always let down. It’s just not as good. Once, after returning from Hong Kong, I could not venture out to have any congee for a whole month. It was a little different this time however because although I was just in ShangHai a few weeks ago, while I was there I was shockingly unsuccessful at locating any street vendors selling xiao long bao. Sure there were fast food places, but that’s crap. We walked 45 mins in the miserable rain and couldn’t locate any Xiao Long Bao vendors and then had to take a plane back to Beijing. I know…it was the worst food karma luck I’ve ever had. We had to settle for some large steamed baozi instead. Therefore as you can see, it was easy for me to try the Xiao Long Bao at Green Bo in NY since I really didn’t have anything to compare it to. And to add, the xiao long bao here are also less expensive than those at Shang Hai Cafe on Mott and Green Bo restaurant is much less crowded and touristy than Joe’s Shanghai .
Besides the Xiao Long Bao, we were also set up with some additional authentic and popular ShangHainese dishes thanks in part to my ShangHaiNese coworker Pavan. On the menu that morning was one of my favorite, Kao Fu 上海考夫 (see photo above), a dish made with braised gluten served in a sweet honey sauce and peanuts. I’ve never tried to make it but just found a recipe here – looks pretty basic. We also tried Bai Jiu Chicken which is made with a Chinese grain alcohol (think Everclear). Not too strong of a taste but the alcohol still packs a nice punch.
Overall I had a great time at Green Bo. The food is good and it’s not as touristy as the photos outside on the window will indicate. (Apparently this Green Bo restaurant in NY Chinatown, and this is so typical of Chinese businesses, has the same name as a very famous restaurant in ShangHai but of course does not have any official affiliation!). Nevertheless, check it out and enjoy!