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Dim Sum with most variety in Flushing?

Miss Needle Jan 24, 2008 01:15 PM

Hi. I think I'll be taking advantage of the LIRR free rides to Flushing this weekend. Haven't checked out the dim sum scene in Flushing for a while (well, at least since there was Gum Fung). Which one of these restaurants have the largest variety of dim sum during the weekends?

Ocean Jewels
Jade Garden
Gala Manor

My primary goal is to find a place with a wide variety of dim sum, including items that I can't find in Manhattan. Do any of these places have cheung fun filled with seafood and greens as opposed to the normal shrimp, beef and roast pork? I've had these in Oakland and haven't been able to find it in Manhattan yet. And I don't think I'll be a fan of the nouveau dim sum Jade Garden offers -- I don't like mayo with seafood.

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    ajr524 Mar 1, 2008 03:43 PM

    Planning on heading out to Queens tom for Dim Sum. What is the right time to go? It is just lunch right? Are there more choices at certain times or on a certain day of the week?

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      chefjellynow Mar 1, 2008 04:58 PM

      if you go between 11 and 12:30 you will be happy with selection at mostly any above advise

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        Chandavkl Mar 1, 2008 07:44 PM

        That's also when the crowds will be the largest, too, so you could have a wait by going at that time. That's the dilemma of Sunday dim sum--get there at 10 or 10:30 and not wait, but not everything will be out. Or get their when the variety is at its peak but wait for a half hour or more.

    2. Miss Needle Jan 28, 2008 07:49 AM

      Thank you everybody for your responses. I ended up going to Jade Asian Restaurant. It was a very pleasant experience. It was better than the original Gum Fung. The decor was also so much nicer -- not as gaudy as most large banquet places. Food was very good, there was a lot more room and the dim sum ladies were so friendly and enthusiastic there. I didn't have to hunt them down for them to come to our table like I usually do. I also liked how they didn't give you the top level of dim sum trays, but fished underneath for some warmer ones. Not every place does that. There's nothing that bothers me more than lukewarm dim sum. We didn't order anything new except for the shrimp dumplings topped with crab and sharks fin. While good, at $8 an order, I think we'll be sticking to the hau gau. As DH was working in the morning, we got there kind of late (around 1:45P) -- so they may have run out of things.

      It was surprisingly easy to get to Flushing from LIRR. I forsee us going to Flushing for dim sum as opposed to C-town a lot more often. Can't wait to try Gala Manor's scallop cheung fun!

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        Chandavkl Jan 25, 2008 11:50 AM

        Gala Manor has cheung fun with scallops, which is something that is not especially common even in California. (Hing Lung in SF Chinatown has it but it sucks. Gala Manor's is very good.)

        1. Miss Needle Jan 25, 2008 10:59 AM

          Thanks all!. You're right -- it's Jade Asian Restaurant in the old Gum Fung space. All these names sound the same to me.

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            cacaoonli Jan 24, 2008 08:41 PM

            My parents have dim sum for lunch in Flushing several times a weeks. They've tried many dim sum restaurants in the area, and their favorite is Guang Zhou Restaurant (廣州酒家 in Chinese). Address: 2nd floor, 136-59 37th Ave., just north of the large municipal park lot. This place is always packed on weekends, especially around lunch time, so it's better to go before noon.

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              squid kun Jan 25, 2008 06:15 AM

              Is this place still also called Perfect Team Corporation, or something like that?

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                cacaoonli Jan 25, 2008 06:56 AM

                Yes, their official name is called Perfect Team Corporation, which is kind of weird name for a restaurant.

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                  bolletje Jan 25, 2008 08:16 AM

                  I like to feel like my dim sum is being prepared by super-heroes. Maybe before they send out a big order of shu mai they have a secret hand shake and say "Perfect Team....ACTIVATE!"

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                bearmi Jan 25, 2008 06:07 PM

                I agree. I have been to Guang Zhou Restaurant a couple of months ago with my HK friends. It was quite good. (I think it's better than Ocean Jewel.) The food tasted really fresh.. I think that was the key reason I liked it. Thanks for sharing that with us.

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                  Steve R Mar 1, 2008 07:30 PM

                  5 of us went to Perfect Team Corp. (aka Guang Zhou) today and the dim sum was definitely above average. I'd rate it above almost all others except World Tong in Brooklyn. Everything was fresh but the selection, although quite extensive, was limited in that it was all very traditional. None of the innovative fare you'd find at WT nor any of the more "out of the ordinary" offerings. I'd go back there easily but, if you have a choice, hit World Tong.

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                chefstu Jan 24, 2008 05:48 PM

                I've been to Jade Garden twice in the last two weeks and each time the variety was great. Lots of standards and quite a few unique dim sum, all excellent quality and taste.
                I also really like the service here, very friendly and helpful.

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                  chefjellynow Jan 24, 2008 06:27 PM

                  the old gum fung is jade asian rest. not garden. mabey you guys are talkin about another place

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                    chefstu Jan 25, 2008 05:22 AM

                    I stand corrected, Jade Asian Rest. is where I'm talking about.

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                  Lau Jan 24, 2008 01:26 PM

                  i haven't eaten at jade garden (is that the former gum fung?), but i have eaten at ocean jewels and gala manor (both are good). I think in terms of variety ocean jewel is better...i have not seen cheung fan with seafood and greens (though doesn't mean they don't have it), but dim sum in CA (LA or SF) is light years past NY (just to keep expectations in line)

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