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Jul 29, 2008 07:12 PM

best dim sum in chinatown

we're looking for a place to have a brunch/dim sum the day after our wedding in chinatown. can anyone recommend a good place? (not a hole-in-the-wall because of the occasion)

i've tried searching for previous discussions and couldn't really find a good one...

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  1. A good place or a good discussion?

    The many many many threads generally recommend Empress Pavilion or CBS.

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    1. re: mlgb

      i thought on an earlier thread i read something about Empress Pavilion being on the decline lately?

      1. re: mlgb

        Empress Pavilion has the largest, nicest room in a complex on the north side of Chinatown with multilevel parking. It was the clear choice a decade or two ago, but by all accounts has gone way downhill, even though there is still often a wait at primetime. CBS seems to be the Chow choice these days. I'd throw Ocean Seafood into the mix -- convenient location off Broadway, fairly easy validated parking, a series of smaller areas off the main dining room to expand with the crowds, nice and sunny.

        On a Sunday or even a Saturday morning traffic is easy. The topnotch dim sum places these days are in the San Gabriel Valley, but that is only about a ten minute drive further east on the 10 freeway and then exit around Valley or Rosemead. Search for SGV dim sum or any of the "best dim sum" threads and you'll find numerous suggestions for both cart service and order from the menu places.

        1. re: nosh

          I'm guessing you really meant to say that one should exit somewhere between Atlantic Blvd. and Rosemead Blvd. I think there's a Valley Blvd. exit, but that would be in El Monte.

      2. I would avoid Empress if I were you. I haven't heard many good reports coming out of there lately.

        CBS is still very good. We go about once a month, and they don't disappoint.

        1. I ain't mad at Ocean Seafood. Especially on weekends when the freshly cooked carts and tray dim sum are added to the standard cart mix. Not as long as a wait as Empress either. Congrats on your nups!

          1. It depends on what time your pictures and ceremonies end. If they end around 12 or 1, you could most likely reserve rooms at any number of Cantonese dim sum places in the SGV, where the food is much better. I personally would recommend a regular meal. That way, you don't need to worry about people not knowing what to order. Also, the food will come out on a regular basis, so the guests won't be hungry waiting for their dish to come. Some places come to mind: Empress Harbor, Elite, and NBC. Here is some more info:

            1. Just go to Empress Pavilion.

              Food is decent enough, atmo is nice, parking is easy.