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!
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.
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