Moon Palace

216 W. Cermak Rd.
Chicago, IL 60616


In Chinatown, where to the uninitiated many restaurants look identical, this stalwart outshines the rest. In addition to American-Chinese generalities (such as Tso), Moon Palace features Shanghainese specialties such as the habit-forming xiao long bao (soup dumplings), pork-and-broth-filled pockets that demand a whole ritual: release steam, dress with ginger slivers and vinegar, eat. An untranslated authentic menu holds delights such as braised pork shank and shrimp scrambled eggs, so if you don’t read Chinese, ask for recommendations. Also ask if the fantastic crispy-fried whole tilapia entrée is in season. Consider yourself initiated.


Dishes We Liked

Xiao long bao/soup dumplings ($6.50 for six), shrimp scrambled eggs ($16), pork shank ($18), steamed hong li (tilapia) ($16/small, $28/large)

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Additional Information:

Price: $10-$19
Cuisine: Chinese
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Noteworthy: 3 or more vegetarian items
Child friendly
Telephone reservations
Wheelchair accessible
Will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: L Mon-Fri, D nightly.