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Dim sum for chinese new years 2007?

smalldumpling Feb 16, 2007 09:25 AM

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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    Diana Feb 16, 2007 09:29 AM

    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
      Chandavkl Feb 16, 2007 03:01 PM

      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
        Mr. Roboto Feb 18, 2007 04:34 PM

        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

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      Barbara Ladden Feb 16, 2007 09:32 AM

      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.

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        sidwich Feb 16, 2007 09:36 AM

        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. monku Feb 16, 2007 02:59 PM

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

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          1. re: monku
            glutton Feb 16, 2007 04:55 PM

            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
              Chandavkl Feb 16, 2007 08:51 PM

              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
                glutton Feb 18, 2007 12:11 PM

                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. ipsedixit Feb 16, 2007 09:00 PM

            Don't bother with any place in Chinatown.

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

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              Barbara Ladden Feb 24, 2007 11:09 PM

              Had fabulous dim sum today (2/24) at CBS Seafood on Spring St. in Chinatown. Big selection, fresh, hot, delicious dim sum, reasonably priced. Brought home a lot of leftovers to savor the next couple of days. The deli next to the dining room has tons of goodies for takeout. They have their own parking lot. Give the attendant $1.00 and you've got a friend.

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                mlgb Feb 25, 2007 12:33 AM

                There you go. CBS IS good. Even if it is downtown.

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