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Dec 10, 2007 01:21 PM

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!

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  1. There's a place in the Village on Lafayette Street that has that exact setup. It's a fancy place though.

    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.

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    1. re: igg517

      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.)

      Chinatown Brasserie
      380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

      1. re: kathryn

        chinatown brasserie is quite good for their dim sum; can't say the same for the rest of their dishes; but the dim sum is made/steamed to order and all quite good and, expensive for dim sum, but worth it for at least the experience.

    2. We got to Oriental Seafood Garden.. I can;t remember if its a cart or a tray.. But its less hectic and you can order off a picture menu and they bring you what you would like also..

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      1. re: Daniel76

        Oriental Garden usually uses trays if my memory serves correctly. It was pretty hectic the last time I went, though, which was around 11am on a Sunday.

      2. Dim Sum Go Go on Chatham Square. There are never carts there, the roast pork buns are fab, as are several of the dumplings - we always order at least 3 orders of the shrimp and scallion variety. It is great.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: scoopG

            And this is on weekdays as well as weekends? (Pings)??

            1. re: erica

              I think they do Erica. I've only been there on weekends though.

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