Weekday dim sum in Chinatown/Financial
Any recs on the current scene?
Wife and I used to do dim sum fairly frequently but on weekends and in the East Bay for the past few years. Other than Ton Kiang out in the Richmond district I'm not really up on the scene in Chinatown and/or the Financial for a good weekday dim sum with co-workers.
We didn't know where to go as it was kind of a spur of the moment. so I dedided to ask the locals. I went into 3 differents shops and asked them where they would go to have Dim Sum. A lovely young lady at the Red Blossom Tea Company suggest City View and she even went onto the internet to double check address and gave us walking directions.
It was a very nice, bright restaurant with lots of tables and we got a table right away.[662 Commerical, a tiny street off Kearny St; between Chinatown and Financial District].
It cost us $38 with tax and 1 beer. We ate plenty of food and it was very good. We got there just before Noon on Thursday and sat right down. Within 10 minutes the line was out the door.
Carts were stocked, frequent, varied and servers were pleasant and helpful.
We highly recommend City View.
I like both City View and Great Eastern. City View has the carts, Great Eastern doesn't. Both are clean, with friendly staff. Great eastern's a little bit more hectic to me, big crowds on the weekends.
CV has lots of great steamed dumplings which I like, and you can order specific items from the menu as well.
GE has tanks, if you feel like seafood, although the one time I tried the prawns there they were lackluster.
Going to GE tomorrow in fact, going to try that fried taro with pork again. It's delicious, although a bit heavy :).
re: david kaplan
Just wanted to say thanks for the recs in this thread. Last Wednesday, my wife and I found ourselves in Chinatown hungering for dim sum and our intended destination closed. With no other idea where the good stuff might be found, it occurred to me to pull out the iPhone, come to this board and search for "weekday chinatown dim sum." We found this thread and, noticing that we were standing at the corner of Grant and Jackson, two minutes later we were sitting down to an absolutely delightful lunch at Great Eastern. In fact, it was so good, we returned the next day to try other items.
So, again, thanks!