San Francisco's Best Dim Sum?
I am a NY chowhound visiting till Sunday night and want a taste for San Francisco's most authentic, tastiest dim sum. Location is not so important, just quality. I'm not scared of dingy chinatown digs, and I'll wake extra early for the city's best. If you could also suggest dishes not to miss at particular restaurants that would also be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Since you mentioned "dingy" I'll recommend my personal favorite (and duck before the neatnicks throw their bricks). That would be the cavernous Y. Ben House on Pacific between Stockton and Powell Streets. I'd say anything from the carts is good if you can grab it while it's hot, but I'm partiuclarly fond of the stuffed tofu skin (both the braised and the deep fried versions). And for an "anchor" dish for the table, the seafood chow fun is one of the best dishes of any kind at any Chinatown restaurant that I know of.
Also worthy, but less dingy, are Gold Mountain on Broadway (carts) and Lichee Garden on Powell (no carts, but trays).
On a recent visit to San Francisco we went to Good Luck Dim Sum on Clement. Hole in the wall, dirt cheap, good dim sum. You order at a counter. Clement Street has other very good Asian restaurants. We enjoyed The House of Clay Pot, especially the fish with corn sauce. Taiwan restaurant for dumplings. Burma Superstar for fabulous Samusa Soup. One of the best soups I have ever had. We enjoyed Great Eastern in Chinatown. You order off a menu, no carts. There are some different choices. Near Great Eastern is Golden Flower for incredible Vietnamese Pho. Cash only at Golden Flower. Gold Mountain and New Asia have good dim sum served from carts. We miss SF very much and cannot wait to return.