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  • Lau May 11, 2008 11:17 AM
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So some of my family is in town from LA, they want to get dim sum in Flushing on tuesday (I think they're mainly interested in seeing Flushing b/c they've heard of it). I've eaten at pretty much all the dim sum places, but I can't decide which one I should take them to? I was thinking one of these places:
- Ocean Jewel
- Jade Asian
- Tung Yi Fung
- Gala Manor

Normally, I hit Gala Manor the most and I've been to Ocean Jewel alot, but I've heard good things about Jade Asian and Tung Yi Fung. Where do you think I should take them? We're chinese and language is not an issue

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  1. i tried them all and am still loyal to jade/gumfung reborn hehe

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    1. re: chefjellynow

      yeah im leaning towards jade, i used to like gum fung...havent been there yet, but chinese restaurants tend to be best when they first open, so jade seems like a good bet

    2. I don't do dim sum but after you eat, you should take them to see the food stalls at 41-28 Main St. (I guess you thought of that already...)

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      1. re: Brian S

        yeah i was thinking about that (as i haven't been there myself)...although surprisingly this set of relatives is much more tame than me when it comes to street food, i feel like they always think its dirty...in that respect im not sure how we're related haha j/k

        1. re: Brian S

          i stopped in to the 41-28 mall after i was done eating just to check it out...oh man! that place is so cool and the food looked amazing, i wish i was hungry...definitely need to go eat there another day

          its smaller and more cramped than i expected and it was hot as hell in there...but it smelled so damn good

        2. I haven't been to Tung Yi Fung. But from the three you mentioned, my favorite is Jade Asian. Has the widest variety and turnover is very good -- so everything is fresh. The dim sum ladies there were super nice as well. I took my in-laws (who are Chinese) to Flushing and they absolutley loved the area. They were so surprised how it surpassed Manhattan's C-town but told me that they've been reading in the Chinese papers how Flushing is the place to be.

          1. Obviously you can't go wrong with either one as they are all SGV quality and in case of a tie I'd go with the places I'm most used to. One thing about Gala Manor is that they have scallop cheung fun, which is something I've never seen in L.A., so if that is something everyone would appreciate that could be a factor in your choice.

            1. so i ended up going to Jade Asian and it was good, its definitely one of the top dim sum places in Flushing. The renovation has made it pretty nice and its definitely nicer than its predecessor (Gum Fung). All of the standards (ha gow, siu mai etc) were done well and tasted fresh. They also had some variations on ha gow that I haven't seen before, one had tiny dried fried fish on it and another had mayo and fish roe on it (i hate mayo though). They also had an interesting siu mai that was covered in sticky rice, it was pretty decent. I liked the mango cake they had, it was nice and light and not too sweet, pretty good.

              Overall, it's a good place and we were all happy with the food there

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              1. re: Lau

                Glad you and your family enjoyed it. Those mayo dim sum (hate mayo as well) are part of the nouveau dim sum menu -- generally pricier than the other types. I had something similar to a hau gau but with sharksfin on top which ended up being 3-4 times the price of regular hau gau. The siu mai covered in sticky rice -- are you talking about pearl balls?

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  yeah i had the hau gau with the sharksfin on it as well, it was good albeit expensive for dim sum

                  im not sure what they were called in english or chinese as my aunt ordered them and i turned around and they were on the table, but i found a pic on yelp, check it out:
                  http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/aT4MQU...

                  1. re: Lau

                    The photo looks like Pear Balls to me. It's called "珍珠丸子" (Pin Yin= Zhen Zhu Wan Zi) in Chinese :) Its origin traces back to Hubei Province (where the city of Wuhan is located) in China.

                    Here is a pic I found on a Chinese website for Pear Balls:

                    http://www.chinasbz.com/tool/menu/men...

                    I think Sticky Rice Siu Mai is called 糯米燒賣 (Pin Yin = Nuo Mi Shao Mai) in Chinese. It's not a Cantonese dish (and I rarely see it at Dim Sum restaurants). I believe it is from Shanghai/Lower Yantze River Valley/Jiangsu and Zhejiang region? Dintaifung Restaurant in LA serves it (not my favorite because it's kind of greasy and bland). It looks very similar to a Cantonese siu mai except the filling is sticky rice and pork. Here is a pic of Sticky Rice Siu Mai (糯米燒賣) from Dintaifung's website:

                    http://dintaifungusa.com/en/en_cuisin...

                    1. re: bearmi

                      no i think u got me confused, there was only 1 sticky rice shao mai and it is indeed that pic of the zhen zhu wan zi that u put up in the 1st link

                      i didnt have or see anything like second pic u put from din tai fung

                      1. re: Lau

                        Sorry if I had confused you :(

                        I am very "Asian" in my way of communicating so it can be non-direct and "implied" at times (thus making things confusing). I constantly struggle with that, although I have been living here for a long time. Let me be more "American" and "assertive" this time in articulating what I was trying to say (and please don't be offended if it sounds too "direct" as I am still learning to gauge the fine line between passive/aggressive and assertive.. ha):

                        I think you got the names backward.

                        What I was trying to say is that "Pearl Balls" or "Zhen Zhu Wan Zi" should be the dish you saw at Jade Asian. "Sticky Rice Siu Mai" should be the pic on the 2nd link from Dintaifung, not the food you saw at Jade Asian. If Jade Asian (or the person who posted that picture on Yelps.com) was calling those round meat balls "Sticky Rice Siu Mai", they have gotten the names wrong! It's a misnomer.

                        If you do a web search on "Sticky Rice Siu Mai" or "Glutinous Rice Siu Mai" in either Chinese or English, you should see those Dintaifung dumplings from the 2nd pic, not the dish you saw at Jade Asian. It's possible that Jade Asian's owners/chefs might be Cantonese and, to make things easier for the mostly Cantonese customers, they are calling little meatballs with sticky rice on the outside "Siu Mai" instead of "Pearl Balls" so the name "Siu Mai" blends in better with the rest of the Cantonese dimsum menu.

                        Sticky Rice Siu Mai usually has 2 parts - 1)flour wrapper and 2)sticky rice filling. If the "balls" you saw at Jade Asian has no wrapper on the outside, it should be called "Pear Balls" or Zhen Zhu Wan Zi, not "Sticky Rice Dumpling" because it refers to something else.

                        Hope this helps :)

                        1. re: bearmi

                          oh ok...i had no idea what they were called in chinese or in english b/c i didnt order them, i just turned around and they were there, so i just called them sticky rice siu mai to give them a name

                          1. re: Lau

                            Glad we got the mystery solved! I guess the confusion came from the fact that we were using different names to refer to the dish you had at Jade Asian :)

                          2. re: bearmi

                            I ate a dish when I was in Beijing that looked like the dim sum pictured in the yelp link, but it was actually spare ribs covered in sticky rice, then steamed. It was one of the best dishes I've eaten in my life, and can't for the life of me find it in NYC. Since, bearmi, you seem to be an expert on food covered with sticky rice, do you have any idea what such a dish might be called? I'd love to have a name to go with it so that I can try and find it here in the US. TIA.

                            1. re: Greg

                              OMG.. I am no expert in Chinese food covered with sticky rice! I just happened to be a Chinese speaker who happens to know about the dish Lau was asking about. I think a lot of these sticky rice dishes are quite common in China and Taiwan (maybe not in HK or Singapore) so a lot of people would know about them.

                              The dish you have mentioned sounds like it could be a Szechuan Dish called 粉蒸排骨 (Pin Yin= "Fen Zheng Pai Gu" or "Rice Flour-Steamed Pork Ribs" ). It's usually kind of spicy and the rice kernels on top are chopped/ground up slightly so they are not "whole" rice kernels. I have ordered it from Wu Liang Ye's "Special Menu" listed on the front, inside cover of their menu book (48th street location). I think the "special menu" might have been handwritten in Chinese only but I can't remember 100%. Their rice flour steamed pork ribs were ok, a little on the salty side and a little dry. Restaurants usually put the coated pork ribs on top of a bed of sweet potatoes, regular potato or taro. Here is a photo of that dish:

                              http://iamnotafoodie.com/?p=99

                              If the "rice" on the pork ribs you had in Beijing were whole kernels of sticky rice grains, then it's possible that the dish you had was "糯米排骨" ("Nuo Mi Pai Gu" or "Sticky Rice Pork Ribs" in Mandarin)... I don't know of any Chinese restaurant in NY that serves it because it seems more like a family/homecooking-style dish. Basically, pork ribs are marinaded then coated with sticky rice and steamed. I assume it will be cooked in a similar way to Peal Balls except that you use whole pieces of pork rib pieces instead of ground pork meatballs. .Here is a picture of it:

                              http://www.chilema.cn/news/View.aspx?...

                              1. re: bearmi

                                Thank you! You nailed it. Like you suggest, I've found the first dish you refer to in NYC. I had it at Spicy & Tasty, and it is not the one I'm looking for. In fact, I didn't really care for it. The texture of the ground rice was a bit unpleasant and the pork wasn't ribs, or rib pieces, but more like pork belly. The second dish you refer to is the one i'm looking for. Now that I have the name, and the spelling, I'll take it to one or two of the restaurants where they know me and see if maybe they can make the dish as a special order. I'll let you know if I have any luck. If all else fails, i'll try making it at home with the recipe you've linked to. Thanks again.

                                1. re: Greg

                                  Glad I can help. I was trying to find English recipes for you (but couldn't find any) but I suppose you can read Chinese so it worked out well. If you got time, you can google for more recipes for that dish on-line to get more references if you are interested in making it at home. You can also check out some "Pearl Meatball" recipes on-line as references too since they maybe somewhat similar in ingredients (i.e. pork and sticky rice) and flavor profile (probably marinated with soy, rice wine, ginger, scallion etc). Wish you good luck!

                2. I just got back from Tung Yi Fung and it will be the first and last time. Food is okay, place is extremely noisy. What bothered me most was when we asked for containers to take home the leftovers they charged us for them. The other thing was they charged for tea. We gone to several places for dim sum and never were charged for tea and containers. Their dim sum was no better than any of the others and did not warrant the extra charges. I still like Ocean Jewel the best of all. I will try Jade Asian in hopes it is under new ownership. We ate there last year and it was a place not to go back to.

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                  1. re: Remag1234

                    Jade Asian compares favorably to Ocean Jewel, I thought it was slightly better

                    Tung Yi Fung is the only major dim sum place I haven't eaten at in Flushing

                    1. re: Lau

                      Lau, please reread my post. I commented on Tung Yi Fung. Has anyone ever been charged for the food containers or tea???

                      1. re: Remag1234

                        "I will try Jade Asian in hopes it is under new ownership. We ate there last year and it was a place not to go back to."

                        certainly sounds like you're referring to Jade Asian?

                        anyhow, i never get doggie bags from dim sum, but yes that does sound weird...it also is VERY weird that they charged you for tea, never had that happen at any chinese restaurant anywhere

                        i hate to bring this up, but by any chance were none of the people u went with chinese? never want to accuse any restaurant of this, but ive heard stories where they charge non-chinese people more money or whatever b/c they think they don't know any better

                    2. re: Remag1234

                      I can't let Remag's comments pass without responding. I have had dim sum at Jade Asian since its inception. It was always excellent imho, in decor, food, price and service. I never had a mediocre experience there and my comparisons are: Ocean Jewels and Gala Manor. Could you explain what you didn't like about it?

                      1. re: budcar

                        its possible he was referring to Gum Fung (the name before Jade Asian) and i've had some very mediocre meals there

                        1. re: budcar

                          HELLOOOOOOOOO, yes I'm shouting. Just REREAD my post. I was referring ONLY to TUNG YI FUNG.

                          1. re: Remag1234

                            I know at Jade Asian they charge for speciality tea. Oolong and Iron Buddha (Tin Kuan Yin) is definetly extra. In front of the cashier table they have the specialty tea on display and the price on it. I think there are eight type that they consider specialty.

                            As far as the container charge is concern. Did you happen to go on a weekday? Because on weekdays, they charge the same price for the small, medium and large plate. It is to attract more eat in customer. They charge for container as to discourage take home. Kind of like the all you can eat sushi concept. The waiter will tell the Chinese patron this because there are no language barrier. It's kind of unfair but let's no get into the English language debate on this board.

                            1. re: PaMa

                              Your reply makes no sense to me. We are not speaking of a Buffet which is all you can eat for a specific price. As you know with DimSum you pay for every dish you order. When I pay for a dish of food, small or large and I choose to take home the leftovers there should be NO CHARGE for the container. Weekdays or weekends has no relevance. My wife [who is Chinese] ordered tea, PLAIN tea and they charged for that. So for a $1.75 container charge they no only lost me but my familly and friends which are numerous [about 65 in number]. There are many other dim sum restaurants that are more than happy serve us.

                              1. re: Remag1234

                                Wow, it sounds like you're really upset about the whole tea and container thing.

                                Actually, PaMa's comment about Jade Asian's weekday dim sum makes perfect sense to me (though I know that is not the original restaurant you were talking about as you've made it abundantly clear in your posts). Because dim sum is like two bucks or so for any size during the weekdays there, I can see some people ordering a whole bunch of large orders and taking it to go. I'll bet that the restaurant loses money on every large order and perhaps medium orders as well, but hopes to make it up on drinks, small orders, noodle dishes, etc. So in order to discourage customers from getting too much takeout, they'll impose a container charge.

                                Anyway, I have been charged for tea at dim sum when I've gone with my husband and my in-laws who are Chinese. Most have been for specialty teas, but I remember being charged a few times for plain tea (it may have been on the West coast as Chandavkl mentioned). So I don't think they were pulling the whole "foreigner" bit. And I've never gotten things to go at dim sum but have done that at other establishments. Sometimes I get charged for a container; sometimes not. It's really not that big of a deal to me. Every restaurant is different in how they operate. As you said, if you're so unhappy with that policy, there are many other restaurants you have to choose from in NYC.

                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                  Miss Needle, Your comments about restaurants LOSING money is completely wrong. First of all, as long as I'm paying for small, medium or large orders what difference does it make if I eat it or bring it home? IT'S PAID FOR BY ME. No lose to the restaurant. I had no objection to paying for the tea, but for the containers YES. The lose will be Tung Yi Fung's as I, my family and friends will not be going there anymore.

                                  1. re: Remag1234

                                    You know what? After all this talk about Tung Yi Fung, I think I will be trying it out very soon! Thank you for bringing this restaurant to my attention!

                                    1. re: Miss Needle

                                      if u get a chance try dinner...i heard their dinner is really well executed cantonese food (a la imperial palace type of place)...id be very curious to see how it is

                                      im pretty curious to try it as well

                                      1. re: Lau

                                        Thanks for the tip about dinner. So many places to try -- living in NYC has spoiled me.

                                        1. re: Lau

                                          Oh, I forgot to report this. But I went after a Mets game (drat those Mets!) for an early dinner.

                                          We got in around 5:30P or so -- the only people in the restaurant. This is what we ordered:

                                          seafood and bean curd casserole
                                          sauteed sliced conch
                                          sauteed snow pea leaves
                                          two bowls of rice

                                          Huge portions. Really efficient service. We just placed our order literally five minutes ago when we received our conch. Well-seasoned with ginger and delicious. Unfortunately, there wasn't too much wok hai. But it was still tasty. Our snow peas leaves were next, and it was really well prepared with plenty of wok hai. I think that was the favorite part of my meal. The leaves were quite addictive. The seafood and bean curd casserole was good, served piping hot. On the bland side, but in a good way. I spiced it up with some chili sauce for some of my bites. Plenty of leftovers to take home. For dessert, we were served a complimentary sweet red bean soup flavored with dried tangerine peel (helps the digestion) which I can tolerate but DH hates.

                                          We were charged $1.50 -- not sure if that was for the leftover container charge or for the rice. But it didn't really matter. Food was good, service was typical efficient service I tend to get in Chinatown restaurants. I'd probably order the Cantonese dishes and avoid the few Szechuan dishes on the menu here as it's really a Cantonese restaurant. By the time we left, the restaurant was really buzzing with tons of patrons.

                                          1. re: Miss Needle

                                            have u been to imperial palace? id be curious to see how they stack up next to each other

                                            1. re: Lau

                                              No, unfortunately I haven't been to Imperial Palace. Seems that I've only scratched the surface as to what Flushing has to offer.

                                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                                yeah u should try it...its my favorite cantonese (and chinese restaurant generally) in NY right now

                                    2. re: Miss Needle

                                      Talking about tea charges. Do you think it is good policy not to offer any tea free or at least charging a nominal amount , one or two dollars for a pot and then only offering " special teas" at four dollars and up for a single serving. It is served with one cup and tea leaves.If the customer ask s for other glasses so that he can share with others at the table they will give them to him but this makes the customer look bad. Rather than go through this routine I have given up on this restaurant that I always really liked.This is a new policy. I had been going here for five years.What do you think ?

                                      1. re: albee

                                        Depends. I've spent quite a penny on some teas at Tea Gallery in Manhattan and can totally understand if a place charges a lot of money for a single cup. All teas aren't the same. It's an accepted thing that wine can cost anywhere from $2 a bottle (think two buck Chuck) to tens of thousands of dollars a bottle. Why not the same for tea? I think some people have this notion that tea should be cheap because many restaurants serve lower-grade versions for free or a nominal charge. Tea, like wine, covers a wide range of quality.

                                        Now, if I was receiving low-grade tea (ie. jasmine tea that has jasmine flavoring instead of jasmine flowers) I'd probably think it's not right to charge that much for it. But I also feel that bars are getting away with murder by charging $10-15 for a single cocktail that costs cents to make.

                                        1. re: Miss Needle

                                          Then there's the Chinese restaurant at the Bellagio in Las Vegas which charges you something like $8 for a pot of jasmine tea (no refills).

                                          1. re: Chandavkl

                                            At a place like the Bellagio you're probably paying for the real estate as opposed to the tea. Things are quite pricey there.

                                            Restaurants definitely do mark up the price of drinks a lot more than food -- whether it's tea, wine, cocktails or soda -- and that's their highest profit items. DH and I were talking about when we were younger (and wanted to get plastered), we would drink at home first and then go out to the bars so we wouldn't spend a fortune -- and this was way before the days that drinks were in the two figures!

                            2. re: Remag1234

                              In California, tea charge is generally customary at dim sum. I have never ever been charged for containers at any of the thousands of Chinese restaurants I've gone to.

                              1. re: Chandavkl

                                it's very rare that the restaurants don't charge for tea (per person) during dim sum. at least we always get charged when we have dim sum.

                                as for charges for containers, i think you will see more of that as everthing else is going up in prices. a bit off the subject....but we were told if we want our shaved ice order to be take out, we had to pay extra for the container. this was from the bubble tea place in flushing mall.

                            3. I know Lau didn't mention it but I just want to pipe up with a recommendation for Perfect Team Corporation for dimsum. Went last year and found it to be very fresh and tasty, and the selection was very good as well. However, of course, that was last year and a lot can change in a year. I think it's time for a return trip....

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                              1. re: prunefeet

                                oh i like perfect team...here is my review:

                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/496839

                              2. Just wanted to mention if anybody goes to Jade Asian and gets stuck in "no man's land" with the tables in the small hallway by the bathroom or in the private room for dim sum, request another table, even if you have to wait. The carts rarely make a trip there, and when they do, everything is stone cold. I was there for 30 minutes and encountered only two carts (one congee, one steamed stuff). I never order congee at dim sum. I got a couple of the steamed dumplings. They were so cold that it was sticking to the paper in the bamboo steamer. I had to pry it off with my fingers. Service is pretty dismal in that section as well, and I'd rather not get into it here why it was so bad. I think the B team gets stuck back there.

                                I got fed up after a while and talked to one of the people in the front and requested to be moved to the main dining room. She tried to convince me to stay there that she'll send somebody over. But I stood firm and said that nobody drops by and when they do, everything is cold. Well, they eventually sat us in the main dining room. It was like night and day -- dim sum ladies were very nice and friendly, tons of carts going by, hot dim sum was hot like it should be. DH thanked me later that night for being the "bad guy" and complaining.

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                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                  Has anyone tried East Ocean formerly Golden Pond on Queens Boulevard? In response to the original thread, I think Jade is great for people new to dim sum, a big dim sum experience. Tung Yi Fung has to me lighter and fresher tasting dim sum.

                                  1. re: tabs

                                    East Ocean Palace isn't bad, and it's certainly the best in Forest Hills (yes, that's a joke). If you're close to FH, it's a great option, but it's not better than any of the top Flushing places, so if you're making a special trip out there, head to Jade Asian, Ocean Jewels or Perfect Team Corp.

                                    1. re: Greg

                                      Greg, got your joke, "best = Only= in Forest Hills". I moved from Forest Hills to Long Beach about seven years ago and have not found any place out here with the vast array of choices and the frequency of full Dim Sum (using piping hot steamers on carts) as Golden Pond (I used to think it was Golden Palace... maybe the gold dragon statues got me confused...). I hope the food hasn't suffered in the change of ownership. It was so handy and close to everything (though parking is always an issue on Queens Blvd) and the daily bustling Dim Sum hours were a shoe-in for great food fast. The regular menu was also wonderful. I don't remember a time in that place (which seats a lot, over a hundred if I recall) when our table wasn't one of the only tables which was not all Asian folks, which is a really good sign!

                                      If you've been to both (the old and new) would appreciate a comparison as it's only a forty minute drive from where I now live! Thanks!

                                      1. re: ideabaker

                                        Sorry ideabaker, I've only been there in its current incarnation as East Ocean Palace. However, if its been seven years since you last ate dim sum in Queens, my advice remains the same - try Flushing. There's a lot more going on in Flushing than there was seven years ago. If it's nostalgia you're after, go for East Ocean. As I indicated above, you can do worse for dim sum.

                                        1. re: Greg

                                          Thanks, Greg, thought you might be able to provide some perspective on that specific place. Guess I will have to (get to!) try out more of the places in Flushing. Last time I was there it was just so crowded (outside, for parking)... do any of the places you've recommended have a parking lot?

                                          1. re: ideabaker

                                            Well, Ocean Jewels has its own parking lot, but for the rest the parking isn't too bad. You have municipal lots on the east (Jade Asian, Perfect Team Corp, etc.) and west (Gala Manor, etc.) sides of Main Street.

                                            1. re: Greg

                                              Then Ocean Jewels will be my first stop... so hungry for great dim sum!

                                  2. re: Miss Needle

                                    you know now that i think about it, the dim sum ladies are really nice there...normally its an unspoken rule that the dim sum ladies are mean to me and vice versa (i remember my family being so mean to them when i was a kid and the surly waiters being real mean back...i used to get a big kick out of it), but last time i was at jade they were really nice and the lady was telling which stuff was the best

                                    1. re: Lau

                                      Can anyone give me directions (from Manhattan) to Jade Asian and then to 41-28 mall? Can you walk over to the mall from Jade? Thanks.

                                      1. re: rolleepollee

                                        google.com/transit or hopstop.com

                                        Places:

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                                        Golden Shopping Mall
                                        41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

                                        Jade Asian
                                        136-28 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

                                      2. re: Lau

                                        Yeah, they are awfully sweet. It is a bit rare as most dim sum ladies I encounter tend to be quite brusque. They also don't give you the top layer of dim sum but fish for the steamer plates underneath as they're hotter.

                                        Rolleepollee, Jade Asian and 41-28 Mall are certainly walkable. Google maps is a wonderful tool.

                                        http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&s...

                                    2. if you have a car, i'd drive to the one by kissena blvd. i think it is called east manor. they have good fish paste balls in soup with lettuce that you order at made to order counter

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                                      1. re: kph206

                                        not to bash, but i think east manor is not good at all....i found it very mediocre and ive been there several times

                                        1. re: Lau

                                          i liked the last few dim-sum meals I had at East Manor, better than Perfect Team, although I haven't tried the other place close to LIE, near Main street. if I'm headed to flushing on a saturday around 11am with a group of 12, where are my best chances to get a table? closer to Main Street the better, but doesn't need to be absolute connoisseur quality; convenience is best. Would Corner 28 be a consideration, or just stick with Jade or Gala Manor? East Manor is a bit too far for my group.

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                                          East Manor
                                          46-45 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

                                          1. re: bigjeff

                                            Corner 28 is not a good dim sum destination. Personally, I'd stick with Jade for any group size

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                                            Corner 28
                                            40-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

                                            1. re: bigjeff

                                              well gala manor changed names, i'm not sure if the food is any different or not, you should be fine there

                                              jade - i like jade if you went at 11, i think you'd be ok although ud probably have to wait, but nothing crazy

                                              perfect team - i've found the waits to be getting worse the last couple of times i went to PT plus you don't seem to like it

                                              never tries corner 28 for dim sum, you could try ocean jewel although i'm not a huge fan

                                              if you want to be a true chowhound, you could try out dong yi fung (used to be called tung yi fung, chinese name hasn't changed). I heard its good, but i have yet to try it out
                                              http://www.yelp.com/biz/dong-yi-feng-...

                                              check this blog on dinner there, looks good: http://saltysavorysweet.blogspot.com/...

                                              1. re: Lau

                                                I might have eaten at tung yi fung there once or twice, I'm not sure. btw, that my blog is my sister's! she currently lives in Fort Collins, CO so she's hung up her NYC entries for now.

                                                looks pretty close to downtown flushing, maybe we'll hit that one up.

                                                1. re: bigjeff

                                                  haha really? thats funny

                                                  yah its directly across from gala

                                        2. This advice still good?

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                                          1. re: WestIndianArchie

                                            Gala Manor is now called something like New East Cuisine Manor. Don't recall seeing any dim sum reports so far. Otherwise, I'd say yes.

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                                            New East Cuisine Manor
                                            37-02 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

                                          2. Had some nice dim sum at Perfect Team now known as Guang Zhou yesterday. Seated immediately, got a nice spot right by the entrance.

                                            Har gow with green wrappers turned out to have asparagus inside, which was a nice surprise. Steamed meatballs were tasty and bouncy. Steamed dark meat of chicken with crab, mushroom, and tripe on top was something I'd not tried before -- good but a bit salty. Steamed BBQ pork buns, steamed lotus paste buns, char siu sou and a bunch of other baked items in pastry, siu mai, fried pork dumplings, fried chive dumplings were all solid. Siu mai were particularly good.

                                            Actually saw more variation than previous trips. Also saw shrimp paste on bell peppers, steamed taro cake, lotus leaf rice, steamed chicken feet, fried chicken feet, rice noodle rolls with shrimp, fried crullers wrapped in rice noodle rolls, shrimp rice noodle rolls something else on top (seafood?), something that looked like steamed barnacles? (lots of random seafood items that day), shrimp in crispy spring roll wrappers, fried sesame balls, clams with oyster sauce....unfortunately not enough stomach space this time around!

                                            2 Replies
                                            1. re: kathryn

                                              fried chicken feet? or, you mean, the white kind (steamed) versus the red braised kind (fried)?

                                              1. re: bigjeff

                                                Yes - both the white and red kinds were available.