Despite its rapid development as a global hub, most Americans still know relatively little about Shanghai -- insolence that, in Shanghai would be punished with a furious caning at the hands of a Fu-Manchu'd Dragon, or so one can assume. At least become an expert on its food, at Shanghai Lounge.
Just opened by a Shanghai-born chef whose Glover Park teahouse's lauded for its authenticity (Sietsema says "Close your eyes, and you can pretend you're halfway around the world"!), The Lounge serves up its city's solids amidst two floors of antique Chinese lanterns and similar artifact-ery, all of which were collected before the imposition of a Chinese law restricted shipping such things out, while conveniently allowing them to continue exporting ridiculous Western movie premises involving Owen Wilson. The specialty's homemade dumplings, which're hand-stuffed daily with green onion, ginger, and your choice of lamb/ shrimp/ beef, and can be bolstered by a gravy-doused, minced pork bun that comes steamed or pan-fried, aka how to describe the classic now that Channing Tatum is cast as the new Peter. More, thankfully un-Americanized goodness includes a sticky rice cake filled w/ Chinese cabbage and pork or chicken, a shrimp dish soaked in "a house dragon well tea", and "Lion's Head", with soy sauce/ ginger/ scallions stewed atop pork meat balls, or what congressmen call Anti-Crib Death bills that include the construction of a bridge.
While they're still locking down their liquor license, soon-to-come booziness will include multiple Chinese beers, a selection of liquor-infused teas, and an herb cocktail called “Double Happiness”, or what Americans refer to as "the bliss of not paying attention to what happens in other countries".