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Dim sum for chinese new years 2007?

Okay, this weekend is the start of Chinese New Year's. Friends and family are already clamoring to go for dim sum tomorrow or Sunday.

I just saw a post that New Concept is closed. Any suggestions for dim sum (carts not so much off menu), not too expensive, but fresh and yummy! Friends have been talking about Empress Pavilion or Ocean Seafood in Chinatown. I would rather go further east. Any suggestions?

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  1. Places will be packed. You're better off not trying to go on Chinese new Year's. Maybe next weekend?

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    1. re: Diana

      But the Chinese New Year's parades etc. are next weekend, not this weekend. I believe both in Chinatown and the San Gabriel Valley.

      1. re: Chandavkl

        Monterey Park is celebrating CNY this weekend (Feb 17-18), Alhambra/San Gabriel is celebrating next weekend (Feb. 24-25).

        This weekend (Feb. 17-18), Garvey Avenue (M.P.) is closed between Garfield Ave & Alhambra Ave.

        Next weekend, the cities of Alhambra & San Gabriel are having their parade on Sat., Feb. 24th along Valley Blvd between Del Mar & Almansor at 11AM. Note also there will also be a street fair along the same stretch until 5:30PM.

        Wishing you all Kung Hei Fat Choy, Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái, Keong Hee Huat Chye

    2. CBS Seafood is always very good. You often have to wait a few minutes, but the waits at Empress Pavilion are endless. Reasonable prices, large variety at both.

      Ocean Seafood serves the worst dim sum in L. A.

      1. Run away! Run away! I took my grandmother last weekend, and Monterey Park was already a madhouse. We got to NBC relatively early (10:30 a.m.), and were still stuck in dim sum Siberia. :( (On the good side, there was a huge variety and plenty of turnover because of the crowds).

        1. Scratch Ocean Seafood off your list. Wherever you go get there by 10am or expect a wait.

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          1. re: monku

            I think some of the big dim sum places (or at least Ocean Star) take reservations. I have never made a reservation myself, but maybe that's a viable option? Or do you still have to wait even though you've got a reservation?

            1. re: glutton

              My personal experience has been that they don't set aside a table for you, but when you arrive you go to the top of the list. Not sure if they'll take a reservation unless you have a sizable group, though.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                I had a reservation at Ocean Star yesterday and they honored it. Of course, we got there a few minutes before 11AM and did not even need a reservation (I had visions of an apocalypse after reading about the new year crowds...). The place filled up shortly after we arrived, but when we left around noon, there was not a line out the door or anything like that. It was full, but tables were turning and nobody was really waiting. I've been there other times when it was less crowded.

                The food, by the way, was excellent. I will have dreams of those sesame balls with red/yellow bean paste for a long time...

          2. Don't bother with any place in Chinatown.

            Head to SGV and try either Ocean Star (for cart style) or Seafood Harbour (for menu).