Best NON-cart dim sum?
This is embarrassing, but we find the whole cart thing too intimidating! We'd much rather make our selections from a menu. Not looking for the really "exotic" stuff either. Where can we get delicious dumplings and baked roast pork buns by ordering them off a menu (in English, please!)? Thanks!
There's a place in the Village on Lafayette Street that has that exact setup. It's a fancy place though. http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...
Also, for a more authentic experience, I've been to Dim Sum A Go-Go (chinatown) in the early evening, after the dim sum brunch crowd, and there were no carts, only off the menu options.
BTW, the "fancy place" is called Chinatown Brasserie; there are many options there you wont find elsewhere as the chef is rather inventive. (It is about 2x as expensive as a Chinatown option but you won't have to hassle someone several times for a glass of water, or share a table with strangers, or have angry hordes next to your table waiting for your seat.)
380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
I'd suggest Ping's Seafood at 22 Mott Street.
They have a menu you can order from, with S (for small plate i.e. Steamed Spare Ribs) starting at $2.00; M at $2.40 (i.e. Steamed Pork Dumplings;) L at $3.80 (i.e. Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf) and XL at $4.80 (i.e.Steamed Dragon Rice Dumpling.)
Then they have SP at $6.95 (i.e. Fried Stuffed Bean Curd) and DL at $7.95 each (i.e. Fresh Baby Greens in Shallot Sauce.)
It can get crowded and small groups have to share tables. I've eaten at Dim Sum a Go-Go only once and was very disappointed.