Went there for lunch on Sunday. After getting over the initial sticker shock of the menu we ordered the shrimp and chive dumplings, the super thin noodles with scallops and shrimp, the soup dumplings, the bean curd skin rolls and the beef salad. The food was good( surprisingly the nest thing was the beef salad which was the most incongruous dish based on the menu), but not great and definately did not justify the price. Would not recommend this place given the fact that much better dim sum can be obtained in Chinatown and even better in Flushing. I would have thought that for the premium price we would receive amazing dim sum which sadly was not the case. Given the fact that the place was completely empty I don't think it will last all that long.
Yeah, I'd like your list of places in both Manhattan and Flushing (you can post the Flushing ones on the Outer Boroughs board) that serve better dim sum. (Note that I am not expressing an opinion about Chinatown Brasserie, because I haven't been there, though I did go to World Tong when the dim sum chef was there, and had a very good meal.)
I've been for dinner and lunch at CB. Liked both. Had a great Peking Duck at dinner, and I thought the dim sum was really special at lunch. But the real Chinatown is defnitely the Mecca for this stuff. That being said, you want to take somebody for a festive special meal, or even better, someone is buying you lunch on the company expense account, I'd recommend CB for a visit. Hell, it's better than Time Cafe which used to be there -- that place really was there too long.