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Jan 28, 2008 05:34 PM

Authentic Chinese Banquet in Monterey Park or San Gabriel Valle

Hello Everyone!
My sister-in-law who is from Beijing is coming into town, with our niece in a couple of weeks. I would love to take them to an authentic Chinese Banquet as it will be both of our husband's birthdays. We are looking for a place that I can book a private room and have an amazing feast, with great seafood that will remind her of being home, as she has been stuck in the New York suburbs for 3 years and hasn't had a great Chinese meal in a while. We have been to Ocean Star, and while it is good, I don't know if can deliver top quality food. Price is no object, and we will be planning the menu together, so she can speak to whomever she needs to in Chinese to plan the menu.

Please Help! We really want this to be a memorable evening for our husbands!

Thank You!

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  1. Sea Harbour or Elite.

    By the way, I'm curious about your sister-in-law ... if she's been in the burbs of NY then she shouldn't have been at a loss for good chinese; it's usually just a short trip to one of the boroughs.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Agree with ipse - Queens is amazing for authentic Chinese food!

      Try 888 Seafood, which is Cantonese. On second thought, if she truly is a northerner (Beijing), then Cantonese (southerner) food may not appeal to her as much.

      Compromise and try Shanghai cuisine, perhaps?

    2. Capital Seafood on Garvey and Atlantic
      Empress Harbour
      Sea Harbour seems to be better for dim sum and would cost you twice the price but not necessarily twice the quality.

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      1. re: WHills

        Your assessment of Sea Harbour is right on point. However I think the extra cost is worth it for a special occasion because it's clearly superior to Capital Seafood, Empress Harbour or 888 Seafood.

      2. If you are looking for Beijing-style food, the Cantonese seafood places that were named will fall short of your expectations. Beijing is not really known for its seafood. I would ask her if she likes Cantonese seafood. If she likes it, then the other posters' recommendations would be fine. If she doesn't like it, then it's a whole new ballgame. Ask her what type of Chinese food she would like to eat.

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        1. re: raytamsgv

          It's funny, but there aren't really that many places (if at all) where one can do a Beijing style banquet.

          Closest I can think of is maybe Lu Din Gee.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Totally agree. Lu Din Gee would be the place to go for Beijing-style. :)

        2. We really like Mission 261 in San Gabriel. They are not Beijing-style, but they have a unique menu with a number of seafood dishes. They have a number of dining rooms--one may suit you. Another favorite is Triumphal Palace in Alhambra--white tablecloths, good cuisine and excellent service. I believe they have a small private dining room.

          1. Hey Food622,

            My vote would be for Sea Harbour on Rosemead. It's the best (most extravagant) Hong Kong / Cantonese-style Seafood Restaurant if price is no object (and it's great quality).

            The other people bring up a good point: Do you want to show them *Northern* Chinese food? If so, then that's a different set of recommendations. :)

            Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
            3939 Rosemead Blvd.
            Rosemead, CA
            (626) 288-3939


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            1. re: exilekiss

              So I was going to make a reservation for Sea Harbour, but we need a private room. When I called they said that the minimum you need to spend in a private room is $1000! We ended up making a reservation at NBC, based on a friend's recomendation (over Ocean Star) and their private room min. is $300. So, now that we have the reservation -
              Any recs on ordering?

              1. re: Food622

                Well, seafood dishes are obvious but there are some very good nonintuitive dishes there, including their lemon chicken (!), veal eggplant hotpot and filet mignon cubes.