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Dim Sum

I sort of hate to open up this can of worms, but we really want to eat yummy dim sum while in SF in July, so I'm looking for your thoughts. We're looking for traditional. Thanks!

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  1. I like the Y. Ben House in chinatown.. was there with my son and sister who was living there at the time... we were the only round eyes in the place.. it was excellent

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    1. re: Lightsuprooms

      haven't been there in a couple of years, but yes, Y. Ben is as down-n-dirty as it gets; shared tables, noisy, and zero accommodation to noob-ness. but besides those faults, it was delicious, quick, and cheap.

    2. this is a frequently and fiercely debated topic. search for threads on koi palace, yank sing, golden mountain, hkfl (hong kong flower lounge), ton kiang, and zp (zen peninsula). my strong preference is for koi palace, but reasonable minds and informed palates can and do differ.

      1. Which area of SF? The City proper, or including the pennisula? Even including east bay?

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        1. re: PeterL

          We are staying in Union Square and will not have a car, so City proper would be best. We are willing to travel via cab or public transport for exceptional fare, though.

          1. re: sed231

            The line is always shorter than at Ton Kiang. Plus, I think it's better -- more variety, very fresh.

            1. re: sed231

              Aside from Chinatown recommendations, you may want to think about taking BART to the Millbrae station, then both HK Flower Lounge and Fook Yuen are within walking distance on El Camino Real.

          2. I know it's a hot debate, but for what it's worth, I think Yank Sing in Rincon Ctr is some of the very best I've EVER had. ANYWHERE.

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            1. re: elsigh

              There's no question that YS's food is good, but what is in question is how authentic it is and whether it's different enough to justify the uptown prices. As Yank Sing's owner Heny Chan has said,

              "I do what the society wants, not what the Chinese in China want," he says. "It's a philosophy."


              1. Tian Sing on Cyril Magnin in Union Square is pretty good, affordable and convenient.

                1. Yes, Yank Sing is great food, I can't say the service is as good. Not to mention it's overpriced.

                  1. City View on Commercial and Kearny is nice mix of clean and friendly service and great food. Plus its easy to walk to from Union Square and you can walk through Chinatown and get a Dan Tat from Golden Gate Bakery on the way back.

                    1. Here's a thread from a couple of days ago: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/411454

                      Since you specified "traditional" but not a particular area, I'm going to vote for Hong Kong Flower Lounge, which is in Millbrae but easily accessible by both freeway and BART.

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                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        The OP has stated they will not have a car, and of course may want to take into account the one+ hour round-trip time (not including wait time) plus the $7.60 pp BART fare

                        1. re: Gary Soup

                          The poster in the thread I linked specified no cars, but this one didn't. In fact, since another posting of hers talks about going to Sonoma, I'm assuming they will have a car at least part of the time.

                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                            OK, I don't know which of us is having the senior moment, you me or the OP (sed231). In a reply to PeterL above, the OP stated

                            "We are staying in Union Square and will not have a car, so City proper would be best. We are willing to travel via cab or public transport for exceptional fare, though."

                            1. re: Gary Soup

                              I'm not old enough to have a senior moment, thankyouverymuch!

                              I guess I didn't see that reply -- I probably read the thread earlier in the week, so it was collapsed. I mostly was responding to yet another rec for the mediocre City View, by linking the comments in the other thread.

                              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                Thanks for the concern about travel time. We will in fact not have a car while staying in SF, but will of course be renting one to go to Sonoma. I was thinking of places in Chinatown, ideally, for dim sum.