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Jul 22, 2006 09:43 PM

Dim Sum

Today my SO and I took an out of town guest to Chinatown for the Dim Sum experience. After scouring this website we narrowed it down to either Jing Fong or 88 Palace. Now, I've never had a great experience at Jing Fong, but the SO has, so being that we've never been to 88 Palace and wanted something very fun and different we went to Jing Fong. When we arrived, the doors were open but the lights were off. Closed for health violations. So we headed over to 88 Palace. While it's tucked away under the Manhattan bridge, it's relatively easy to find and the interior is better than that of Jing Fong once you take the escalator upstairs, especially the outrageous chandeliers. We were one of 2 non-asian tables, typically a good sign, imo. The Dim Sum was by cart and all seemed very fresh and tasty. They also had a little buffet area where you could go and pick out other things, but we didn't try that. We had shumai, dumplings, pork buns, various other interesting things, and something like a sweet pork bun, but more hallow on the inside... all very good. Total was $20 for 3 people. Though I haven't tried any other dim sum places in that area besides Jing Fong (and never going there again) I'd highly recommend it to others, for atmosphere, food and experience.

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  1. Lici-

    I recently tried Golden Dragon on E. Broadway and must tell you to STAY AWAY! Not only were they closed by the Health Department, but they defied the closing order and were operating 'biz-as-usual' which, it just so happens, was when I tried it. Fortunately, we didn't get sick, but the food was nothing to write home about. I, too, like 88 Palace, but if you haven't tried Golden Bridge, that's become one of my favs. It's another 500+ seater, but the food is quite good and the variety is plentiful. It's just below Canal on the Bowery, up a never-working escalator. If you go, let me know what you think. Happy dim-summing.

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    1. re: foodluvngal

      Seconding that bad review of Golden Dragon. They put down a bowl of chicken feet once that made everyone at the table gag.

      I know this suggestion will not be popular, but Vegetarian Dim Sum place on Mott has never steered me wrong. The mixed gluten plate is a favorite, as is the rice noodle roll with deep fried dough (or kale, if you're not feeling that decadent) and the split pea cake(?)--not sure of the name but it's coconut-flavored jello/agar with dried yellow peas suspended in it. Wish I could remember the name--it cleanses your palate after a huge greasefest of a meal. I'd go just for that alone.

    2. There are no good dim sum places in Manhattan. You're better making the trek out to Flushing Queens.

      1. Tell me, where in Flushing would you recommend for Dim Sum?

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        1. re: foodluvngal

          Two favorites are Gum Fung and Ocean Jewels, both on 39th Ave.

          1. re: Chandavkl

            Hey Chandavkl- I finally dragged myself to Flushing for Dim Sum at Gum Fung. Terrific! Thanks for the rec. Everything tasted FRESH and you could tell they use much higher-quality ingredients than the Manhattan Dim Sum places I've been eating at. Next trip, Ocean Jewels. Thanks again.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              Dave, I've seen other reports that stated that the best dim sum in all of NYC is at World Tong in Brooklyn. Any thoughts on that place?

              1. re: Gary Soup

                Hey Gary. Never made it to Brooklyn at lunchtime, and I've only been to World Tong for dinner and it's just OK. In any event with the recent departure of their dim sum chef I think everybody on this board is waiting for a definitive update.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  I figured you would know. Where did their dim sum chef go?

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    The dim sum chef from World Tong, Joe Ng, is now at Chinatown Brasserie...

              2. re: foodluvngal

                I would add to that list Gala Manor, I believe that it is on 37th Ave. There is also an entrance off of Main St. via a little shopping mall.

              3. It doesn't beat dim sum in Flushing, but I like Golden Bridge on Bowery for dim sum in Manhattan.

                1. Here's a place for great food and service so vile it's funny.

                  If you are willing to take some feigned indifference and/or abrupt remarks from the waiters and can get past the tired glossy faux-wood laminate 60's interior, the dim sum at 9 Chatham Square (formerly known as Hop Shing) is surprisingly good.

                  In particular, for 'har gow' 'fun gwo' and their relations, I thought the steamed dumpling skins had that perfect texture which is elastic, not starchy, and just translucent enough to tease you with a peep into the filling.

                  If you are dining alone, sit at the bar along with the Chinese grandpa's and ask for steamed buns from the glass display case behind the bar. Lucky groups of two might get private booth seating, otherwise expect to share tables with total strangers. Sit clear of the crowded aisles or risk having your feet run over by the trolley carts, or better yet, having a plate of soy sauce poured down your back (yes, this really happened last week.)

                  The best thing - $8 per person including the tip.

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                  1. re: vicki_vale

                    Thank you, Vicki_Vale.
                    Actually, "the tired glossy faux-wood laminate 60's interior" is one of the things that endears me to Chatham. I love the counter, too. They serve up a bun filled with sweet rice - kind of like biting into a balloon filled with sawdust, but, strangely, worth the 50 cents or so.

                    I don't think I've ever known the name of this place, so I can't say that I've forgotten what it is, but there is an excellent Dim Sum place on Bowery, south of Canal, north of Bayard.

                    Thanks to all who tipped us to the Dim Sum in Flushing. Let's face it - it's Flushing. How can you go wrong?

                    1. re: Polecat

                      > there is an excellent dim sum place on Bowery, south of Canal, north of Bayard.


                      1. re: squid kun

                        That's the place, squid kun. Thank you.
                        I take it, from your amazement, that you don't agree...?

                        1. re: Polecat

                          Not amazed, just asking if that was the place. I pass by there often but usually the wrong time of day, so I've never tried it for dim sum.