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Jan 18, 2000 01:28 PM


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could anyone offer up some suggestions for a good restaurant for DIM SUM in Chinatown? much appreciated...dbl

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  1. Dan--when queries go unanswered, it's usually because the topic has been previously discussed to death, and the regulars have grown weary of it! Look further down this index for lots of tips, but my fave in Manhattan is the Nice Restaurant on East Broadway in Chinatown. Skip fried stuff. In fact, skip fried stuff at ALL NYC dim sum places.

    Better dim sum can be had in Queens....flip over to the Outer Boroughs board for more info. And if a survey of previous postings leaves questions unanswered for you, please let us know!


    8 Replies
    1. re: Jim Leff

      Tough question when you've just gotten back from San Francisco, isn't it Jim? I was going to answer with the Nice Restaurant, but you beat me to it (but for a meal at Yank Sing...).

      1. re: mitchw
        dan silverman

        Nice or Jing Fong, but oh to be in the city by the bay eating dumplings and such at Yank Sing...may be in the spring...

        1. re: dan silverman

          Is the Nice Restaurant still good for dinner (as well as dim sum)?
          It's one of the few places I remember going with my family for chinese in chinatown (and loving)...........haven't been in years as all my friends ever want is vietnamese and thai........but I miss good chinese food--the places near my apt. to order from are lame: Number One Son and Suzy's... maybe a menu from Shanghai Tang is in order but the point is I want to go out to Chinatown so would you recommend Nice for dinner?

          1. re: Jessica S.
            Andrew Reibman

            I assume you live near suzy's and shangai tang. If so check out wok and roll on bleeker - just down the block from suzy's.

            Order from the taiwinese menu attached to the takeout menu - on the regular menu its only in chinese. At lunch the place draws a crowd of hong kong and taiwanese grad students from nyu. My fav is the sauteed pork tripe with pickled vegetables... Veal kidneys... Duck tripe... Taiwanese style ground meat... All delic...

      2. re: Jim Leff

        I wouldn't want to miss some of the fried things - specifically those the sweet fried glutinous rice dumplings with bits of pork, maybe shrimp, mushroom,veg and sometimes maybe peanut. They are wonderful. there is also a steamed rice-dough dumpling with the same filling.

        my kids also like the fried green dumplings at harmony palace tho admittedly they are pretty heavy.

        1. re: jen kalb

          sorry, I shoulda been clearer. I meant DEEP fried.

          I like all the stuff you mentioned, too.

          That kind of frying is an art, and I've not found any Chinese places in NYC where it's been mastered. Ping's is pretty good, but can't compare to the exquisite frying going on in san fran...

          1. re: Jim Leff

            I think the sweet rice dim sum I mention are deepfried - they look like little empanadas - but its been a while. And what about those fried glutinous rice balls with sesame seeds on the outside and I think red bean inside? Not light fare, but tasty, and, I think, deep fried.

            But in general you are right that deep fried stuff is not a strength of NYC chinatown restaurants - I only wish I had the chance to compare SF, Toronto, etc.

            1. re: jen kalb

              "And what about those fried glutinous rice balls with sesame seeds on the outside and I think red bean inside? Not light fare, but tasty, and, I think, deep fried"

              ah, but Jen, those are one of the few foods that you absolutely positively must go west to eat right. My favorite place for 'em in SF is eastern bakery (720 grant avenue, near commercial street; 982-5157). If anybody agrees/disagrees/has other faves to advise, please start a thread over on the Bay Area message board