The cool kids of Chinatown know what's up when it comes to 456 Shanghai Cuisine. On the surface, 456 is rather unassuming. It blends right in with the gazillion other lo mein factories that line the streets below Canal. If you didn't know any better, you might pass right over it. But that would be a shame. Because 456 is officially our new go-to restaurant in Chinatown.
The food at 456 is tremendous. It's elevated Chinese cuisine, Shanghai style, and its better than almost anything else we've had in Manhattan. There are bite sized soup dumplings. There are bottom fried "tiny" (they aren't tiny) dumplings that rank among some of the best we've eaten. And there are meats so tender that they could be served at a five star steakhouse. All that goodness, and the place is cheap too. Five people drinking beers and over-ordering on all kinds of food cost us a hundred bucks all in.
There isn't much in the way of decor or ambiance at 456 Shanghai Cuisine, but it doesn't really matter when you're surrounded by all those beautiful dumplings.
Also known as some of the most delicious soup dumplings in this city. We'd still go to Joe's Shanghai before we went to 456, but we really liked these - especially the pork ones. The best part about the dumplings is that they're bite sized, so you can just pop the entire thing in your mouth and let it explode in there.
The same thing as the above, but these soup dumplings are a mixture of crab and pork. If you like crab in your dumplings, go for it. If not, stick with the pork. This is some potent crab.
These guys are even better than the soup dumplings. Huge buns, lightly fried on the bottom and filled with juicy pork. A must.
We loved these high quality scallion pancakes. They're heavy on the scallions, and just as heavy on the grease. Just the way we like 'em.
The garlic sauce is on point, and the purple eggplant is both sweet and savory. Definitely get this as one of your veggies.
Soft, tender, and delicious chicken smothered in some kind of spicy sauce. This is a must order.
A monster bowl of noodles with shrimp, pork, mushrooms, and other stuff. You can pretty much mix and match ingredients to customize your own bowl of glory - all for under ten bucks.