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Nov 4, 2007 09:09 PM

What is the best dim sum in Queens?

Give me inexpensive suggestions if possible?

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  1. I think the dim sum at East Ocean Palace in Forest Hills is very good. I don't recall how much I've spent but it's been pretty inexpensive. I prefer it a lot to many of the bigger Flushing restaurants because the restaurant itself is a lot cleaner and better taken care of than I've seen in Flushing.

    As an aside - noticed you've posted a lot of "best of" for Queens. Have you tried searching first to get some ideas? The "best restaurant in Queens" post is an incredibly broad question without any other parameters to consider which may be why you're not getting much feedback.

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    1. re: pellegrino31

      Gum Fung Address: 136-28 39th Ave, Flushing, Queens, NY, 11354
      Gum Fung Phone: 718-762-8821
      Hours: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m., daily
      Dim sum until 4 p.m., daily

      This place was just renovated, and it's not dirty at all. Crazy, rainbow colored exterior and huge place, so you can't miss it. Right across from the publicap arking in Flushing. I've been to several places in Queens and Gum Fung is the best.

      1. re: JSHAFT78

        Gum Fung has been out of business for at least 4-5 months now. There have been a few postings on its successor, Jade Asian but nothing concrete about its dim sum. Currently, the places posted about are Ocean Jewels and Gala Manor, the former being consistently good and Gala Manor blowing hot and cold imho.

        1. re: budcar

          Ocean Jewels is good, but my last couple of experiences with their service has left a bad taste in my mouth. Hostesses need to adjust their attitude. Just went there this past Sat for dim sum, make sure you sit in the main dining room to get the most selections, we were seated in the side dining room and the carts were few and far between.

    2. Are any of these places where they wheel around the carts and you get to see what you're selecting, or do you just order off the menu.

      Do they do dim sum only on the weekend/only on Sunday, or is dim sum an every day thing? And is it only a lunch thing? Somehow I thought that it was a weekend thing, only to be at a place in Manhattan awhile back during the week, where the carts were being wheeled around. Don't ask me where, as I have no idea, except to say that it was walking distance from the NY Stock Exchange, not in Chinatown and seemed to serve both regular dishes and also dim sum.

      I am particularly curious about East Ocean Palace, as it is walking distance from where I liv, though I do like going to Flushing and going to the Asian markets after eating a meal. From what I could see from the outside, they did a big renovation after the restaurant formerly there closed down a few years ago, so that could explain why it looks decent.

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      1. re: Shayna Madel

        At East Ocean Palace they wheel around the carts and they have dim sum both Saturday and Sunday.

        They did renovate the restaurant and it is very nice inside. I think the food there is great and generally prefer it to going to Flushing (too crowded, restaurants feel kind of dingy). I've been to EOP several times for dinner as well and really enjoy it.

        1. re: pellegrino31

          After living in Kew Gardens for 4 years, we finally went to EOP for dim sum on New Year's Day and I was extremely happy. The place is pretty small for a dim sum place so it's best to get there early--actually, large parties might be seated before small ones since there are more large tables than small.

          I thought all the dim sum standards were well executed. But their sweet buns were outstanding--better than any other dim sum place I have been to in NYC...a really pleasant surprise. Light fluffy white ones filled with lotus bean paste were great, but even better were lemon custard-filled buns with a crusty baked glaze on top (like you see on those large Mexican sweet breads). If sweet buns are an important part of your dim sum ritual, I think you should try EOP on Queens Blvd.

        2. re: Shayna Madel

          Most dim sum restaurants in large Chinese population centers (e.g., Manhattan Chinatown, Flushing) serve dim sum every day. Except for very odd places, we're talking only mornings through mid-afternoon for dim sum. Some of the New Jersey places only serve dim sum on weekends. Weekend dim sum is typical for locales where the Chinese population is dispersed on weekdays, while being more concentrated on weekends. This pattern is typicall all over the US--there are no weekend only dimsum places in LA or SF, but there are in places like Phoenix.

          1. re: Shayna Madel

            East Ocean Palace is great. It's within walking distance for me too and I see no need to travel elsewhere for dim sum. The cart ladies are generally pretty friendly too. They stop and show you what they got. As opposed to some places where you have to wave them down.

          2. The old Gum Fung has reopened-- it's called something something Jade Restaurant, and I went there for dim sum on a weekday, yesterday morning actually. The dim sum was fresh, and the variety was better than I've had anywhere in the middle of the week. My friend and I decided we need to go back with a lot more people so we can try more things.

            They redid the interior, so it looks nicer, too.

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            1. re: fiammetta

              Went to Jade last Sunday. Top marks for variety, flavor, style, clean establishment and friendly staffing. AND Their prices were very very reasonable. Spent about $11 each before tip for 4 people. Left feeling very full and satisfied. Usually a place that big and nice will cost more.

            2. Try checking out Buddah Bodai in Flushing, Queens. Its a great vegetarian dim sum place with excellent selections that are both fresh and tasty. Make sure you get there before three o'clock as they don't serve dim sum past that hour. However, the other selections on thier menu (i.e., mock chicken, etc) are amazing!
              The address is:
              Buddha Bodai, 4296 Main St, Flushing, NY (718) 939-1188

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              1. re: ErikLong

                been to jade in flushing 4x now since its opening. i was a longtime gum fung fan. jade is honestly better...i never thought id ever say anything was better than gum fung.

                i have tried many of the dishes and found them to be right on. keep your eye open for these sweet spare rib flavor pork filled triangle sweet buns. they have a very flaky crust( that you wouldnt expect until you bite it) that is topped with black sesame seeds. 2 inch triangles, amazing. thier taro-toasted coconut jello is unreral it is on the dessert cart and is large jello squares that are 1/2 white and half purple. i am usually not a dessert cart buyer but tried these with friends and was seriously blown away. many other great dishes i have only seen there. try it


                1. re: chefjellynow

                  Totally agree. We were big on Gum Fung and very upset when it closed. But Jade is absolutely as good if not better. We were impressed by the quality of the food as well as the wide variety, including some things we have never seen before, like the shumai surrounded by rice instead of the usual dumpling wrapper. (Well, upon reflection, not sure that is necessarily better, but it is very different!)

                  1. re: jennielap

                    Just came back from Jade, it was great. We were die hard fans of the now closed Silver Palace, but Jade's food was as good or better. And the service was outstanding. We had a cart lady adopt us and she made sure we got all the good stuff. Outstanding selection of dim sum, some very novel stuff, all house made.
                    We had a pear shaped sweet dumpling made from potato and filled with sweet egg custard, tasty and very unique, another sweet one shaped like a pumpkin made from sweet rice flour and pumpkin, filled with coconut, also very good.
                    We've already planned another trip back 2/10 for Chinese New Year, can't wait.