456 Shanghai Cuisine

★★★☆☆
  • 69 Mott St # A

    New York, NY 10013

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  • 212-964-0003

About 456 Shanghai Cuisine

Hours
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 11am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 11pm

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very disappointed. service level has gone down tremendously. They even pushed hard for 15% tip for just 2 people. Never will visit again.

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★☆☆☆☆

very disappointed. service level has gone down tremendously. They even pushed hard for 15% tip for just 2 people. Never will visit again.

Pros: none.

Cons: food is ok. service is aweful. they'll force you for 15% tip

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i was expecting a lot before i tried their food. I ordered a haniseen chicken and it's totally not what it supposed to look and taste like. although it tasted okay, it's far from what it's supposed to taste. not to mention i paid $1.50 for each bowl of rice. i mean... shouldn't my orders come with rice??

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★★☆☆☆

i was expecting a lot before i tried their food. I ordered a haniseen chicken and it's totally not what it supposed to look and taste like. although it tasted okay, it's far from what it's supposed to taste. not to mention i paid $1.50 for each bowl of rice. i mean... shouldn't my orders come with rice??

Pros: friendly owner

Cons: food is not that good

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At first, our server was excellent. He listened, served us tea as soon as we sat down (which we didn't order, but were charged for anyway), and gave us all one minute of his time chatting to us! If it were not for his colleague, Mr. Grumpy!

Mr. Grumpy, a moniker I've designed for this waiter, is such because as soon as our server served us the second serving of chicken as previously mentioned, Mr. Grumpy made a snide, insulting remark in Chinese directed at us, not thinking that we would understand what he said as both my friend and I had American accents, I presume.

Again, this would not have bothered me, but while we waited for the check, I decided to take a trip to the restroom. Allow me to explain here briefly the layout of the restaurant. The bathrooms are located in the basement, so one would need to descend down a very narrow flight of stairs in order to use their facilities.

When I was about to head down those stairs, I noticed Mr. Grumpy walking out of the door in the basement. He paused, looked up at me, and I smiled and gestured for him to come up first. He caught my eye, but looked away, and without even having the courtesy of returning the gesture, or letting the customer go first, he instead decided to walk up the stairs at a snails pace. I assumed this was on purpose, as he glanced up at me (waiting for him at the top of the stairs) about three times, and quickly glanced away. Now if you had any doubts about how slow he was, three times, punctuated by very long intervals, should give you a good idea.

After he reached the top of the stairs, he glared at me before walking away.

I sat down, and suddenly, he quickly flocked to the table with a smile. "Check?" he asked.

Mr. Grumpy hovered over us as I looked over the check (which was written in Chinese), and only briefly left our side when it became obvious that I was more interested in conversing with my friend. We got up and left, sans tip.

Below is a transcript of what happened:

Mr Grumpy dashes right out the restaurant after we depart. Quite a feat, considering he was standing at the opposite end of the restaurant when we left.

M.G: Excuse me!

Me: Yes?

M.G: Would you like to leave a tip?

Me: No thanks.

M.G: Come on, don't be like that.

I begin walking away.

M.G (Yelling): That's not very nice. Don't come back here again!

A tip is a courtesy. But to be embarrassed outside a restaurant in front of my friend & complete strangers for simply not leaving a tip?

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★☆☆☆☆

At first, our server was excellent. He listened, served us tea as soon as we sat down (which we didn't order, but were charged for anyway), and gave us all one minute of his time chatting to us! If it were not for his colleague, Mr. Grumpy!

Mr. Grumpy, a moniker I've designed for this waiter, is such because as soon as our server served us the second serving of chicken as previously mentioned, Mr. Grumpy made a snide, insulting remark in Chinese directed at us, not thinking that we would understand what he said as both my friend and I had American accents, I presume.

Again, this would not have bothered me, but while we waited for the check, I decided to take a trip to the restroom. Allow me to explain here briefly the layout of the restaurant. The bathrooms are located in the basement, so one would need to descend down a very narrow flight of stairs in order to use their facilities.

When I was about to head down those stairs, I noticed Mr. Grumpy walking out of the door in the basement. He paused, looked up at me, and I smiled and gestured for him to come up first. He caught my eye, but looked away, and without even having the courtesy of returning the gesture, or letting the customer go first, he instead decided to walk up the stairs at a snails pace. I assumed this was on purpose, as he glanced up at me (waiting for him at the top of the stairs) about three times, and quickly glanced away. Now if you had any doubts about how slow he was, three times, punctuated by very long intervals, should give you a good idea.

After he reached the top of the stairs, he glared at me before walking away.

I sat down, and suddenly, he quickly flocked to the table with a smile. "Check?" he asked.

Mr. Grumpy hovered over us as I looked over the check (which was written in Chinese), and only briefly left our side when it became obvious that I was more interested in conversing with my friend. We got up and left, sans tip.

Below is a transcript of what happened:

Mr Grumpy dashes right out the restaurant after we depart. Quite a feat, considering he was standing at the opposite end of the restaurant when we left.

M.G: Excuse me!

Me: Yes?

M.G: Would you like to leave a tip?

Me: No thanks.

M.G: Come on, don't be like that.

I begin walking away.

M.G (Yelling): That's not very nice. Don't come back here again!

A tip is a courtesy. But to be embarrassed outside a restaurant in front of my friend & complete strangers for simply not leaving a tip?

Pros: Very Little Food Poisoning

Cons: Customer Service (they mock customers and then DEMAND tips?)

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Great menu, reasonable prices. Great for someone looking for something different from the usual chinese food in Chinatown. Watch out- lots of the dishes are pretty spicy. Recommend getting roti canai or satay for appetizer, char kway teow or laksa as entrees. and chendol or shaved ice for desert! Staff is very friendly as well. We asked some general questions about Chinatown and they were nice.

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★★★★☆

Great menu, reasonable prices. Great for someone looking for something different from the usual chinese food in Chinatown. Watch out- lots of the dishes are pretty spicy. Recommend getting roti canai or satay for appetizer, char kway teow or laksa as entrees. and chendol or shaved ice for desert! Staff is very friendly as well. We asked some general questions about Chinatown and they were nice.

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In Chinatown it is often expected to get gruff service at a venue lacking decor, but Singapore Cafe is neither of these. The staff is attentive and super friendly. The food is delicious and worth every penny. Try their curry beef and Chinese spinach (hollow vegetables) for a fantastic treat. Their desserts are awesome as well from their rice pudding to ABC ice in a bowl.

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★★★★★

In Chinatown it is often expected to get gruff service at a venue lacking decor, but Singapore Cafe is neither of these. The staff is attentive and super friendly. The food is delicious and worth every penny. Try their curry beef and Chinese spinach (hollow vegetables) for a fantastic treat. Their desserts are awesome as well from their rice pudding to ABC ice in a bowl.

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I was walking by Singapore Cafe on my way to a Chinese restuarant nearby and I was waved in by a smiling lady in her 50s standing outside. That seems to be her job, probably one of the owners. I decided to go in and sat down. The place was clean, dark tiled floor. Looking around, I noticed that of all the people in the place not one was Asian -- this is typically not a good sign if you are in Chinatown. As I continued to look around, the portions looked small and I thought I should probably leave but decided that would be rude. I wish I had left. The prices were nothing special and the 1/2 chicken ordered came almost entirely cold (gross skin still on it and all) but in a warm soy sauce of sorts. It was nothing short of gross. I picked at it, paid my bill and decided to go to the original place on my list. The bathroom wasn't too bad though for chinatown standards but I know a few others that rank far higher in terms of everything. The service wasn't rude at all, but I didn't like the dropping the bill on the table like it was being thrown at me. Who wants Singapore variety food when you can have really good mainland China varieties nearby. Never go somewhere where you are waved in and under pressure to go inside. What is this a parking garage? What kind of descent restaurant does that? This one.

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★★☆☆☆

I was walking by Singapore Cafe on my way to a Chinese restuarant nearby and I was waved in by a smiling lady in her 50s standing outside. That seems to be her job, probably one of the owners. I decided to go in and sat down. The place was clean, dark tiled floor. Looking around, I noticed that of all the people in the place not one was Asian -- this is typically not a good sign if you are in Chinatown. As I continued to look around, the portions looked small and I thought I should probably leave but decided that would be rude. I wish I had left. The prices were nothing special and the 1/2 chicken ordered came almost entirely cold (gross skin still on it and all) but in a warm soy sauce of sorts. It was nothing short of gross. I picked at it, paid my bill and decided to go to the original place on my list. The bathroom wasn't too bad though for chinatown standards but I know a few others that rank far higher in terms of everything. The service wasn't rude at all, but I didn't like the dropping the bill on the table like it was being thrown at me. Who wants Singapore variety food when you can have really good mainland China varieties nearby. Never go somewhere where you are waved in and under pressure to go inside. What is this a parking garage? What kind of descent restaurant does that? This one.

Pros: kind of clean

Cons: cold and gross food - wouldn't go back

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Recently went with a group of ex-pat friends, with whom I attended high school in Singapore years ago (SAS EAGLES!). Anyway, Singapore Cafe provides a casual setting to enjoy authentic Roti, Mee Goreng, and Chicken Rice (a few of the many SIngapore staples). Also, the crab is great. The food is great, but even more than that, the service is fantastic. Every time I've been I've felt so welcome, and enjoyed the company of the staff exchanging brief stories or our time in Singapore and the similar places we've been. Great food, great service, what more can you ask for!

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★★★★★

Recently went with a group of ex-pat friends, with whom I attended high school in Singapore years ago (SAS EAGLES!). Anyway, Singapore Cafe provides a casual setting to enjoy authentic Roti, Mee Goreng, and Chicken Rice (a few of the many SIngapore staples). Also, the crab is great. The food is great, but even more than that, the service is fantastic. Every time I've been I've felt so welcome, and enjoyed the company of the staff exchanging brief stories or our time in Singapore and the similar places we've been. Great food, great service, what more can you ask for!

Pros: Great service and great authentic Singaporean food

Cons: Average decor

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I spent the day walking around Chinatown looking for somewhere to eat.. I had only two criteria -- it had to take a credit card (hard to find around the area) and it had to look clean.

Just as I was about to leave and go look for something in the more popular areas down 2nd Avenue, I came across this joint. A man was standing outside handing out menus, and I looked inside and saw a very clean place with almost a family atmosphere.

We had the Hunan Beef and the Hunan Triple Delight, both very good dishes, over white rice. The spices were excellent, it was very tasty. I had the Chinese beer, they poured it for me, etc etc

Over the course of the meal not only did my waiter, but almost everyone who worked there came by to ask us if we were okay, and if we needed anything else. I found this to be quite nice as it was easy to get what you wanted, and fast... as opposed to some restaurants you end up waiting 20 minutes to see your waiter again..

Very good food, very friendly place, everyone said goodbye and thanks... I'd definitely go again.

I rated 4 stars... I recommend the joint... its not exactly the best place I've ever eaten in the world, so it doesn't get 5 stars.. but by all means, I'd go there again and again.

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★★★★☆

I spent the day walking around Chinatown looking for somewhere to eat.. I had only two criteria -- it had to take a credit card (hard to find around the area) and it had to look clean.

Just as I was about to leave and go look for something in the more popular areas down 2nd Avenue, I came across this joint. A man was standing outside handing out menus, and I looked inside and saw a very clean place with almost a family atmosphere.

We had the Hunan Beef and the Hunan Triple Delight, both very good dishes, over white rice. The spices were excellent, it was very tasty. I had the Chinese beer, they poured it for me, etc etc

Over the course of the meal not only did my waiter, but almost everyone who worked there came by to ask us if we were okay, and if we needed anything else. I found this to be quite nice as it was easy to get what you wanted, and fast... as opposed to some restaurants you end up waiting 20 minutes to see your waiter again..

Very good food, very friendly place, everyone said goodbye and thanks... I'd definitely go again.

I rated 4 stars... I recommend the joint... its not exactly the best place I've ever eaten in the world, so it doesn't get 5 stars.. but by all means, I'd go there again and again.

Pros: The friendly and quick service

Cons: None

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Delicious food. I love malaysian and singaporean food. good service and great food, can"t ask for much more.

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★★★☆☆

Delicious food. I love malaysian and singaporean food. good service and great food, can"t ask for much more.

Pros: delicious food

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This is the only Malaysian restaurant that I would recommend to anyone visiting NYC. They have excellent selection of Malaysian food as well as friendly staff. I highly recommend their Black Pepper Crab and their coconut prawn dish. Their beef rendang is excellent and tasty. Their Nasi lemak gives you value for the money. The soup dishes such, as Asam Laksa is excellent also. And don't forget dessert! They have this awesome coconut pudding that is presented inside the coconut shell. It's an excellent ending for an excellent dinner.

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★★★★★

This is the only Malaysian restaurant that I would recommend to anyone visiting NYC. They have excellent selection of Malaysian food as well as friendly staff. I highly recommend their Black Pepper Crab and their coconut prawn dish. Their beef rendang is excellent and tasty. Their Nasi lemak gives you value for the money. The soup dishes such, as Asam Laksa is excellent also. And don't forget dessert! They have this awesome coconut pudding that is presented inside the coconut shell. It's an excellent ending for an excellent dinner.

Pros: Food Taste, Quality of food, Service

 

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