Pork is the classic, though, and one steamer basket holds eight, big, plush ones. Two per person of any variety definitely tamp excessive appetite. The charred green beans are a classic, slick with oil and a hint of sweet, salty soy. They're great, but this time we went for a seasonal special of bok choy, a brothy saute of greens and garlic, leaves tender and stalks that remained gently crisp and juicy.
There are all the classics and then some, the menu extensive on both the Chinese-American and authentic Chinese offerings. The food isn't off the charts, but I've never had a truly bad dish here, either. We got lucky with a splendid mushroom dish: gravy slicked, meaty black mushrooms (like behemoth shiitakes) that got snatched up before I could snap a photo. Vegetable chow mein is a saucy toss of an ingredient bonanza, and if the noodles taste a little too "spaghetti", the soy-rich sauce and bamboo shoots will put you back, if not to Shanghai proper, at least to Pell Street. There are all sorts of stir-fries, noodles, rice-based dishes, vegetables and categories of proteins. Orange chicken are the standard sugary nuggets- not my kind of dish to be sure, but another that of which no leftovers remained. And that's about the bottom line of Joe's: it's got something for everyone, capable cooks, and is a NYC tourist's delight. Now if they would only start providing fortune cookies.