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ISO Great Dim Sum 3/27 lunch

Nephew & wife in from Boulder tonight and want Dim Sum tomorrow lunch - Manhattan only. We can get there early to avoid the worst of the lunch crush.

That said, I'm not good at searching this board and would greatly appreciate your direction in finding good places. Price is not an issue. We want sit-down, not take-out, and perhaps someone who either speaks a little English or a way at least to know what's in the various little goodies. My tastes don't run to the exotic (feet things); I suspect being a generation younger, theirs might.

Thanks for your help and sharing your experience.

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  1. Here's probably the best recent discussion. My vote would probably be Jing Fong.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/481518

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      Many thanks Chandavkl. Reading the whole thread carefully, I think we'll give Jing Fong a try. It seems that getting there before noon will help.

      Do they serve a wide variety of dim sum during the week as well as on weekends? I can't tell from the menupages and other write-ups.

      1. re: Chandavkl

        I went back to Jing Fong recently. It's fine, but in no way great, just OK. Dim Sum Go Go is WAY better. My favorite in terms of dim sum quality (and cocktails) is still Chinatown Brasserie, but especially for kids, I think DSGG would be a better experience, overall (plus, CB is REALLY EXPENSIVE). True, the carts would also be fun, but you're giving up a lot in terms of taste.

      2. if you don't mind forgoing the cart thing (which is no longer necessarily "authentic", since menu-ordering for freshness is becoming quite popular in HK, etc.) and appreciate a little inventiveness, Dim Sum Go Go is a good bet. lots of great dumplings, and many other wonderful dim sum staples. their tripe in black bean sauce is wonderful, and i don't like tripe. their duck dumplings are amazing.

        think of it more of a "new wave" vs. "old school" thing.

        alekz

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        1. re: charlie_b

          I agree that Dim Sum Go Go is better than Jing Fong. But as it seems like the OP is a dim sum newbie, I think a cart place is better because she can see the food before getting it.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            Charlie B. & Miss Needle - I printed out both menus. There's a lot on Dim Sum Go Go that looks really great. I'll let the "kids" decide in the morning, but I'm leaning to Dim Sum GG. Thanks to you both.

            1. re: Jane A.

              The ultimate issue maybe what, if anything, is the ambience worth. If you go to Jing Fong you might get the feeling that you're not in New York anymore, but rather have been transported to Kowloon.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                REPORT: Thanks to you all. I offered nephew & wife "carts or no carts" and the vote was that carts were essential, so off we went to Jing Fong. It was a perfect choice. We all enjoyed it and ate ourselves full for about $22. They were particularly pleased at the selection of less familiar items and I was especially delighted with the excellent sticky rice in lotus leaf (it was freshly done and piping hot) as well as a couple of very good more standard shrimp/pork things. I'll save Dim Sum Go Go for another day.

                1. re: Jane A.

                  Thanks for the report. Now that you're a bit more familiar with dim sum, you can try Dim Sum Go Go next time. I think you'll like it a lot more.

                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    Actually, I've loved Dim Sum for years - it's just that I've been an 'uptown girl'. I still miss HSF that was in Kipps Bay. From time to time on Sundays I hit Evergreen, and of course, Shun Lee Cafe which is not so great, but very convenient to Lincoln Center when I'm over there. Dim Sum Go Go is definitely on my 'must do' list.