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Mar 20, 2007 09:10 AM

Chinatown Dim Sum?

Hi, all :) The SF Hounds came through for me with such an awesome birthday dinner rec, so I'm hoping you can do the same for dim sum.

My partner and I will be visiting Chinatown for our last day in San Francisco, on Thursday. I'm hoping you can suggest a good place there for dim sum. We had hoped to hit Yank Sing, but with them only open for lunch, it makes things a little more difficult. Is there anywhere in or near Chinatown serving really fantasitc dim sum?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Dimsum is served only at breakfast/brunch/lunch, which is why you're not finding a place that serves it for dinner. It'd be like asking for pancakes at a restaurant during dinner service. Any place that does serve dimsum at dinner can't be very good. If you decide to do it for lunch, Yank Sing is your best bet. If you're in the heart of Chinatown, I would only recommend New Asia. Most good dimsum is actually found outside of Chinatown these days. There's also the Hong Kong Flower Lounge in the Embarcadero. It's good but not great.

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    1. re: VirgoBlue

      HKFL at the Embarcadero has been closed for over a year now. Great Eastern in Chinatown is another possibility. But yes, for lunch only.

      1. re: PeterL

        Hong Kong Flower Lounge was never at the Embarcadero -- that was Harbor Village, and it is indeed closed.

        New Asia is pretty mediocre, IMHO. Great Eastern is better, although you order with a check menu, not off carts. Louie's supposedly has a hot new dim sum chef, but I haven't checked it out personally.

        Don't let anyone talk you into trekking out to Ton Kiang -- not worth the trip.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Ah yes, thanks for the correction Ruth. Harbor Village closed? That's too bad. In its heyday in the late 80's it was the best in town but its quality has declined severely in the last few years.

    2. Bakery leftovers are probably your only option after 3pm.

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        I'm pretty sure there *is* dim sum in Chinatown in the evenings, though it's definitely made to order and chances are it won't be very good. I am almost sure they offer items at Hong Kong Dim Sum House. There's also a place where there's often a woman standing outside in the evenings trying to lure in customers. I have been offered dim sum at nighttime by this woman, though I'm always on my way to somewhere else. Come to think of it, this might *be* Hong Kong Dim Sum House. I forget. So I think the moral of the story is: You can probably get dim sum in the evening, but I wouldn't recommend it.

        I had dim sum once at Gold Mountain in Chinatown and I thought it was good. Not the best I've ever had, but definitely solid. This was in the daytime though.

        Dave MP