After 2 Decades, ‘Joe’s Shanghai’ in Chinatown will Relocate to the Bowery
Nearly a quarter-century after its Chinatown debut, Joe’s Shanghai is moving on up. Moving on up to the Bowery.
The Shanghainese restaurant appeared on the June agenda of liquor license applicants to appear before Community Board 3. Ownership hopes to secure wine-beer privileges for 46 Bowery, yet we’ve since confirmed that the goal is not expansion, but relocation.
The main driver behind this move appears to be the need for more space. Recently renovated, the commercial footprint at 46 Bowery – previously considered by both Eddie Huang and the Starr Restaurant Group – is much larger than the original on Pell Street.
Joe’s Shanghai is actually native to Flushing, founded by Mei Ping Matsumura and chef Kiu Sang “Joe” Si in 1995. The Pell Street location in Manhattan’s Chinatown followed a year later, and tends to eclipse the other two restaurants in the city stable. There are also four outposts in Japan.
Their soup dumplings always rank tops in best-of compendiums. On any given day, lines of hungry patrons snake down Pell Street to dine here. So the positioning beside the Hotel 50 Bowery makes sense – better access to tourist dollars.