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Dec 12, 2006 04:33 AM

Dim Sum on Xmas Morning

Will places like Jim Fong and the Golden Unicorn be opened? (LA Chowhounder here) -- thanks.

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  1. we always go to the movies and eat chinese on xmas day. A jewish thing. never found a good chinese restaurant that was closed.

    1. This might be a dumb question, but do you need to make reservations for either meal -- breakfast (dim sum) or dinner? We're thinking of doing dim sum in the morning and then going to Town OR going to Town in the a.m. and then doing ChinaTown at night which is what my husband would prefer. Thanks --

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      1. re: Silverlaker

        Few dim sum places (either New York or L.A.) take reservations unless you have a very large party (or you know somebody at the restaurant). This is especially the case on Sundays and holidays and the reasoning is very simple--any decent dim sum place is guaranteed an oveflow crowd on those days, so why reserve space for somebody who might not show up when you've got people lined up and willing to wait.

      2. No, you don't make reservations for dim sum - at least, I never have. If you arrive by 10:30 or so, you might be able to just walk in, even on Christmas Day. If you arrive after 11, a wait is almost guaranteed, possibly as long as 20-30 minutes. You give your name and the size of your party to the person inside, and they call your name out when there's room. As far as I know, that goes only for big eating halls like Golden Unicorn and Jing Fong, though.