Xu's Public House

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$31 to $50
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Chinese (Shanghai)
The idea behind Xu’s Public House is to bring a unique, authentic Chinese dining experience to New York.

The cuisine is primarily Shanghai-influenced but draws its inspiration from various of China’s many provinces.

The menu, created by renowned, Shanghai-based chef Louis Shen and his staff, places particular emphasis on fresh, high-quality ingredients and eye-pleasing presentation.

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4.1
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3.9
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4.2
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3.7
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59% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDanielL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Nice quote environment. Will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing!

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LinhT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Best dishes: xiao long bao, Spicy Razor Clam Salad and Seafood Rice Soup, King Crab Crispy Fried Rice w. Scallop, egg yolk buns, egg yolk sesame balls, cold noodle with king crab meat and sea urchin

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vipvillagesq
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Our food was mediocre, especially the orange beef, which was soggy and cloyingly sweet. Our server graciously took the charge off our bill, Which we appreciated, but we would not go back to this restaurant.

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StevenB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

1) the restaurant was way too quiet and it wasn't a bad vibe....it was NO VIBE.
2) we were a party of 4.....they sat us when first two arrived and brought over a "free" appetizer. It was cold when the other 2 people arrived. When we asked for another appetizer.....we were told "only one per table.
3) the waitress had ZERO personality........yes/no or we ran out of that.
4) there were several wait staff helping and the communication between them was non-existent. We had to tell them that "we already ordered another drink"
5) one of the items we ordered (pork buns) never showed up.
6) We would have been better off going for some cheap Chinese take out and eating in our car. I could have saved $180 and eaten food that was just as good.
7) the best dish? the beef fried rice. Everything else was bland and lacked any real flavor.
8) New York City has A LOT of restaurants.......I would be surprised if this restaurant still exists in 2021.

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emilyl
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice Asian fusion! A bit expensive, but don’t hurt to try.

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vipSummerJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the interior space and the food is authentic and great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was perfect! This place could be one of my top 3 Chinese restaurants easily. The only thing I think they could have done better is their service. The waiter made us feel unwelcome and it was a bit tough to order food from him.

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mengqiz
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is quiet and nicely decorated, the staff was friendly and professional!
A bit pricy, but at least the food was good. Great for business and casual dinners.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining environment and the food is delicious. Servers are all very friendly. They got their liquor license. The manager recommended us wines with our food and explain every dishes for us. Very nice guy. We really enjoyed our time here

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GDM86
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Heard a bit about this new restaurant but was underwhelmed by every aspect. The server made a major mistake involving a food allergy that we asked him about.
Nothing amazing by any standards, there are lots of better choices even if the price is higher.

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EdEats
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Xu's has a great menu for sharing plates and trying various amazing dishes. We just ordered a bunch of different items and shared everything... and all the dishes were amazingly good. Waiters are friendly and helpful in helping to decide which dishes to order and how many. Will definitely come back to try out some more dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, we highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was very good but service was average. The waiter failed to inform us that the dish was sold out and he claimed he did when he did not. The environment was also good but they need to turn up the heat or something because whenever someone opened the door, it would feel very cold.

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vipPeterP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lack of leadership in the front of the house. Food - soup dumplings, wagyu stir-fry, dumplings, orange chicken - were all very good.

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vipSooz
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, what a nice addition to the neighborhood

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FloL
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The dishes are not as dedicated as I thought and a bit pricy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is good, the environment is quiet. It is a great place to enjoy a small lunch. The steam egg cup w/ sea urchin is a little spicy because there is wasabi in it. Overall it was a good time 😀.

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vipSpence
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Started with the host not able to find our Open Table Reservation. Was there with my son and his girlfriend who is a native NY’er. Restaurant does not have a liquor license for some odd reason, even though they have been open for a while and have a bar. Ordered the Ginseng chicken soup , Shrimp Dumpling, Pork Bun, Crab soup, Chicken Fried Rice, Orange Chicken, Stirfry Waygu. My son who loves Asian food found the Ginseng Soup to be less than appealing. The Crab soup was OK but lacked flavor. The Shrimp dumplings were tasteless. The Orange chicken was so so , had much better from much cheaper restaurants. The Stirfry Waygu had a few chunks of beef and a lot of onions, not worth the price . Never received the Chicken Fried rice, which we were waiting on to go with our food. Service was very slow and not what you would expect from a restaurant charging these prices. The waiter was pleasant but the fact that he did not even place our order for the Chicken Fried Rice and the blah taste of the food was enough to say that, we do not ever have to go back.
My son’s GF said it was a big disappointment compared to other similar priced restaurants. We will go back to small hole in the wall Chinese restaurants. As my sons quote of the night...Take Out is better. Pained me to tip but did so anyway.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food is overcooked. Service is poor

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vipFiord
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was freezing cold and empty. And they do not have liquor license yet. But the food and service were good!

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ruisi
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The taste of food not match with the price. But the environment is good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

The food has room to improve but the service, decor, and experience was great.

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JingjinW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food are not as good as expected: very plain, no innovation, and lack of good and interesting flavor. It can only be called as an Asian Fusion restaurant, but not a good combination of the essence of good Asian cuisines. After eating there, we just feel full, but not content.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For me, it is better than Tim Ho Wan because of its tasty and innovative dishes and an elegant but still cozy atmosphere.

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viccc
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The ambiance and service is good, but the food portion is tiny, the taste is really just ok, overall is not good value.

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sophyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It's a nice fusion restaurant. Great presentation for flaming wagyu and pork buns were amazing! Would go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Services need to improve for refill water. Plate changes ...

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vipColette
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The dining room is lovely. We appreciated that when we mentioned that the music was too loud for conversation, it was turned down. That alone is enough to motivate me to return. Quiet is such a rare quality in a New York restaurant.

The food is good and interesting, if you enjoy subtle flavors as I do.

The service was not up to the standard of the rest of the experience. Dishes were brought out willy-nilly, with no coordination, so sometimes one of us was left with no food for a long time while the rest were eating. The server was eager to please but hard to communicate with, partly because she spoke very softly and partly an apparent language barrier.

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bjrbjrbjr
London
34 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overpriced and very average....decor felt a bit cheap and the food was unmemorable.
Many better options for Chinese in NYC.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Forgot an entree and took forever to get it. No accommodation

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MarlyH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was not very flavorful as one would expect at a heavily Chinese menu. It was expensive for what it is. Nice atmosphere and service.

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orsonm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very professional service, very authentic food, quite unique recipes. Orange chicken not so good. Fried rice extraordinary

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was fantastic, but service was totally off. Granted, I think the restaurant has only been open for a week. But our waitress had no enthusiasm or energy, and even forgot one of our orders.

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vipAndrew
Philadelphia
282 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommended.

LL
vipLenaL
New York Area
1 review