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Can anyone tell me where to get great dim sum in NYC???

Richard Burns Apr 13, 2008 09:22 PM

any idea??? Thanks...new to NYC

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    kathryn Apr 14, 2008 08:07 AM

    "Search this board" is your friend:


    The names that come up most are Dim Sum Go Go and Chinatown Brasserie, with some strong votes for Ping's, Oriental Garden, Jing Fong, etc.

    Note that this is the Manhattan Board. If you want answers for Queens or Brooklyn etc, you need to post on the Outer Boroughs board.

    1. Chandavkl Apr 14, 2008 09:15 AM

      Depending on where you're from and whether or not you're talking about Manhattan or other boroughs, you may be very pleased or very disappointed. Manhattan dim sum would pale in comparison to that found in places such as Vancouver, and suburban Los Angeles and San Francisco, but is pretty good on an absolute scale and compared to lesser metropolises. Flushing dim sum compares favorably to most dim sum everywhere.

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        traumachef Apr 14, 2008 12:56 PM

        Hop Chings in chinatown is great.9 chatam square @ e. broadway. They charge you by how many plates you have on the table when your done.You just point to what you want as they walk around hocking dishes and choose what looks good, very little to no english is spoken but communication is good, everybody speaks food. good luck

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          cubanat Apr 14, 2008 03:47 PM

          Try them all except for Chinatown Brasserie. CB is awful at best. Olive Garden is to Italian food as...ya' get the point? Ocean Jewel in Flushing is hard to top on any given day.

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          1. re: cubanat
            Richard Burns Apr 14, 2008 03:59 PM

            Thanks....Ocean Jewel it is!

            1. re: cubanat
              vwqueen Apr 14, 2008 05:58 PM

              Actually, Chinatown Brasserie is probably the BEST dim sum restaurant in Manhattan. Contrary to what Cubanat says, it is definitely no Olive Garden -- far from it. The dim sum there is extremely refined, miles better than what you get at Ping's, Jing Fong, and any other place in Chinatown. The soup dumplings are actually really good too - again very refined, far better than New Green Bo or Joe's Shanghai.
              BTW, I am Chinese, and I have eaten at all manner of dim sum restaurants here in NY, Hakkasan in London, as well as in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore.

              1. re: vwqueen
                Edansan Apr 16, 2008 01:30 PM

                Sorry, vwqueen, I am also Chinese and have eaten at many of the world's great dim sum houses, but thumbs way down to Chinatown Brasserie for authentic dim sum. Good place if you like "pretentious dim sum" which is an oxymoron. I agree with cubanat's analogy to Olive Garden. Ocean Jewel is a great choice as is Gum Fung, in Flushing. 9 Chatham Square is also a great choice, nothing to look at, but really tasty- great baked pork buns, too. Favorite pork buns, are from Mei Lai Wah on Bayard (both white steamed and brown baked), across from Chinatown Ice Cream factory. The general rule I tell people is to look at the lines of people waiting to enter a restaurant: If you have more "American" tastes, look for the lines with the most Americans or tourists. If you have more authentic tastes, look for the lines of mostly Asians.

                1. re: Edansan
                  kathryn Apr 16, 2008 01:37 PM

                  Edansan, what did you have there that you disliked? I've eaten dim sum at Chinatown Brasserie several times, and always found it tasty and satisfying, if overpriced (the pork buns are too small). If anything, it's a chance to order more creative dim sum items you don't see anywhere else.

                  BTW, Gum Fung closed, and Jade Asian has taken its place.

                  1. re: kathryn
                    Simon Apr 17, 2008 02:05 AM

                    the dimsum i had at Chinatown Brasserie during their "soft opening" was easily the worst i've had in NY...so bad we couldn't finish it...it's a restaurant you literally couldn't pay me to return to...

                    for the OP, while i don't have any Manhattan dimsum place that i love, i usually go to 88 Palace, the divey one in that dirty mall under the Manhattan Bridge on East Broadway...not great, but usually tasty and fun and less-touristed than the more central ones like Jing Fong...

                    1. re: Simon
                      kathryn Apr 17, 2008 10:24 AM

                      I did hear that the soft opening / media preview for Chinatown Brasserie for bad, but the quality was much better for regular restaurant service.

                    2. re: kathryn
                      Edansan Apr 17, 2008 02:06 PM

                      My friends and I kind of went nuts ordering just to get a sampling of all of the dim sum a few months ago. The good standouts I remember were: the watercress dumplings w/ pork & shrimp and I thing the crunchy veg and peanut dumplings because they were interesting, and the spare rib tips b/c they were tasty.. I didn't care for the deep fried stuff like the taro-root shrimp (normally one of my favorites elsewhere) and the BBQ duck spring roll. I found them very greasy. I love beancurd rolls, but theirs with the mushrooms and ham was very bland. I didn't try them all.

                      I am not saying not to try CB, at all. Everybody has their own tastes. I just didn't care for it.

                      Thanks for the heads up on Gum Fung. I hadn't been in a while and was thinking about going because of this post. Is Jade Asian any good?

                      1. re: Edansan
                        Chandavkl Apr 18, 2008 02:07 PM

                        Jade Asian is as good as (or better than) Gum Fung.

                        1. re: Chandavkl
                          Edansan Apr 21, 2008 10:58 AM


                      2. re: kathryn
                        oystersallday Apr 18, 2008 06:10 AM

                        overpriced is an understatement.

                      3. re: Edansan
                        thew Apr 17, 2008 05:39 AM

                        i heaRD MEI LAI WAH IS CLOSING

                        1. re: thew
                          Edansan Apr 17, 2008 01:54 PM

                          If that is true, that would be a shame. I was just there last Thursday and got some of the special steamed buns. I get a haircut around the corner once a month (which always gives me a good excuse to stop in), so I'll have to ask and will report back to this board.

                        2. re: Edansan
                          Pan Apr 17, 2008 08:38 PM

                          I don't think the dim sum there is inauthentic, but keep in mind that the first great dim sum (and probably the greatest) I've had was in Thailand, where there can be a fantastic fusion of Thai and Chinese tastes, and Malaysia, where fusions of Cantonese and Malay/Indian tastes are common. I'd rather say that Chef Ng's work is not traditional Hong Kong dim sum.

                          I'm curious whether you sampled his stuff at his previous place, Word Tong, where there were long lines of Asians. Did it seem more authentic in that setting?

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                            Simon Apr 17, 2008 09:14 PM

                            agreed, re: Thai-style dimsum: great stuff...now, if someone would just open a great Manhattan restaurant that served authentic Thai food and served Thai-Chinese dimsum brunch?...i might just move back to NY...

                            1. re: Pan
                              Edansan Apr 18, 2008 07:59 AM

                              I've not yet gone to Word Tong or Ocean Port Seafood yet, so I can't give an opinion. I'm sorry to say that I have not explored the Brooklyn Chinese food scene extensively. I've sampled a few leftovers from 8th Ave. Chinatown, but not made it to Bensonhurst yet.

                              I am saving for a trip to Thailand and the prospect of having Thai dim sum is something to look forward to. Any recommendations?

                              1. re: Edansan
                                Pan Apr 18, 2008 01:06 PM

                                Seeing how I haven't been to Thailand since 1975, no. :-) But have a great time!

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                                  Edansan Apr 18, 2008 01:22 PM

                                  The fact that the Thai dim sum experience still lingers with you 33 years later is a very promising sign!

                            2. re: Edansan
                              yogaboy Apr 27, 2008 06:39 AM

                              Listen, I'm happy to leave it that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. There are several other reviews on this website of CB which are pretty favorable. However, I've also eaten dim sum at Hakkasan and Yauatcha in London several times and find it very comparable to CB's. If one considers guilt by association, the fact that Hakkasan is Michelin-starred, that dim sum at Hakkasan is generally considered to be one of the best in London and that the Chinese food in London is widely considered to be generally better than in New York, then CB must be doing okay. I have also eaten at Spring Moon in Hong Kong (in the Peninsula Hotel) and Lei Garden, Crystal Jade Palace and Imperial Treasure in Singapore. I do agree that some of the unconventional dim sum items at CB are less successful than the more straightforward, traditional ones and that prices are 2-2.5X that of Chinatown places. I would also agree that the dim sum at CB is definitely not like the dim sum served at some places both in the U.S. and Asia which do 1,000+ covers in a 100 dB atmosphere, characterized by greasy bits of pork and chopped-up shrimp delivered in careening little metal carts. I was originally taken to CB by a Hong Konger who now lives in NYC and have gone back there with other people from Hong Kong and Singapore, all of whom agree that it's authentic and good. I don't think people should be dissuaded by the ritzy/trying decor and by the inexplicable lack of Chinese diners. Finally, it's fine to legitimately dislike this place but the comparison by some to Olive Garden is entirely inaccurate -- Olive Garden is a chain of low price-point "restaurants" that serve food even few Italian-Americans would recommend as being from the motherland.

                            3. re: vwqueen
                              currymouth Apr 17, 2008 10:58 AM

                              Sorry vwqueen, I too would have to agree with Edansan. We made the mistake to give it a try last saturday and the dimsum was marginal at best.What made it worse is the fact that we were entertaining some friends from HK, They were polite but agreed that CB was not very good and far from authentic.

                              1. re: vwqueen
                                cubanat Apr 27, 2008 09:50 AM

                                BTW, I am white and have also eaten all over the world (this hsouldn't really matter but since you brought it up). I now have a better comparison for you. Chinatown Brasserie is the Cracker Barrell of theme restaurants...agree to disagree?

                              2. re: cubanat
                                Pan Apr 17, 2008 08:34 PM

                                CB, awful at best? If you meant the prices, I'd agree. But I've been there twice and all the dim sum items I've had there have ranged from very good to fantastic. They also have great cocktails. Looks like we'll have to agree to disagree.

                              3. michele cindy Apr 17, 2008 05:12 AM

                                103 Mott St. I like it there, but know one on this board really seems to comment on it. Not sure why, it's a good place, not touristy, and very lively. The one comment I did get here was it is best to go before 1:00.

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                                1. re: michele cindy
                                  Edansan Apr 17, 2008 06:41 PM

                                  I've never been, but I'll give it a try soon. I'm always looking for new places. Thanks, michele cindy.

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                                  trinyc Apr 17, 2008 08:47 AM

                                  I just went to Golden Unicorn--it was pretty good..but go early!

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                                  1. re: trinyc
                                    rugburn Apr 18, 2008 09:17 AM

                                    Love the Golden Unicorn for Dim Sum!!!! Can be crowded, I agree go early.

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