Mmmmm, dim sum. Curious as to people's recs: place and options.
Okay, I'll come clean, I'm a dim sum addict. My favorite is Chau Chau City in Chinatown...They serve every day from 8:30-2:30...Between eleven and twelve are best, of course, and Sunday is THE best.Their variety of dumplings is outstanding--if you see the lobster, get them!! They have veggie ones made with green dough, and all kinds of fillings..They do a great smoked seafood congee; the cart is standing up at the front if you come later than the traditional breakfast hours...Great mussels,clams,and; if you're being bad,chili-enhanced calamari!!!!
I'll have to second Chau Chow City. Its our favorite place for Dim Sum. They have some great seafood dishes, especially their mussels (I think) with breadcrumbs and cream. I enjoy it during the week as well, its not as crazy as the weekend.
There's also China Pearl, but the food isn't as good or as fresh seeming as Chau Chau.
re: Jason Valdes Greenwood
I agree with the Chau Chow City kudos. I think that China Pearl is very good, especially the turnip cakes-served straight from the grill off a special cart. China Pearl also offers a frequent dim-sum diner's card: have it stamped each time you spend over $10 and you get a $10 discount coupon after 10 stamps.
Emperor's Garden on Washington St.is another place to try. The brocolli rabe is delicious there. The New Shanghai has excellent dim-sum, but it's from a menu rather than from carts, and I miss the atmosphere of a real dim-sum experience.