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Oct 21, 2008 11:12 AM

Best Dim Sum on the weekend?

Have a friend from Canada coming to visit me next weekend and she has only ever been to Times Square!!! Yikes. Anyway, looking to take her for traditional, choose off a roating cart, Dim Sum and looking for advice. I myself have never been- I've had Dim Sum but had to check off a paper list and then got my small dishes brought to me. That is what I don't want.

Thanks in advance for your responses!

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  1. If your friend is from Toronto or Vancouver you might want to skip Dim Sum in Manhattan because she can do better at home. I haven't eaten much Dim Sum in the past few years because I've developed a shellfish allergy but I can tell you all the Dim Sum halls were pretty bad back then. I was at Pings a few months back and from what I ate things hadn't changed much. There has been recent chatter about Chatham Square but I can't comment having never eaten there.

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    1. re: KTinNYC

      Oh shit, really? I had no idea. Well she is FROM Halifax, and was living on Montreal for several years until just 3 months ago when she moved to Toronto. I guess I'll just have to ask her. If you're well versed in the availability of cuisine on TO and Vancouver, what would you say she CANT get good up there? She is coming to NYC for essentially her 1st time and I want to give her a true experience, including the food. I was thinking a fun thing could be Grimaldes and then a walk on the Promenade to see the city. I live in Park Slope and will prob hit up a brunch spot out there but other than that I think she'll want to be in the city.

    2. Many threads on the subject (one of the longer ones linked below) and many differing opinions. Most recent favorable discussion on this board has been as to Chatham Sq. at 6 Chatham Square. In part it's a matter of what you're looking for. For people who haven't had much in the way of dim sum I tend to recommend Jing Fong, even though it may not have the best dim sum, due to the ambience of the carts careening and the feel of being whisked away to a large Hong Kong dining palace.

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        I agree with what you're saying. While people on this board care about the food the most, I find that's not the same with a lot of people. They're looking for the whole experience. I actually prefer Golden Bridge to Jing Fong because there's a larger selection, and if you're lucky you can get a table overlooking the Manhattan Bridge. I also prefer the food at Golden Bridge over to Jing Fong.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          No no no, I DEF care about the food. A previos post said she may have better dim sum where she lives in Toronto so perhaps I'll take her for soomething other in Chinatown. I personally think Sunset Park is where its at but I'm aiming for the city since she's never been.

          1. re: rebloonin

            Toronto? Forget Manhattan for any kind of Chinese food.

      2. The Golden Unicorn in Chinatown is very yummy...though it WILL be crowded, which i think makes it more of an experience. Prepare to wait for a table, even if you call for a reservation...totally worth it. I love the roaming carts and lively atmosphere!

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        1. re: rugburn

          2nd vote for Golden Unicorn! Love that place.

        2. I think Jing Fong is excellent and I've been there a lot. Only one experience with Chatham and it was mediocre with the ulitmate sin, stale har kow.

          Pings is good too and Grand Harmony.

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          1. re: gorlanko

            Chatham is good quality, limited choice, I dont recall any carts at Chatham, I t will be very unimpressive to your guest,,, A better choice is Golden Unicorn, perhaps Triple 8's. Jing Fong I think is overrated.

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              i used to like Triple 8 (now called 88 Palace, i believe) -- it was never great, but reasonably tasty, less touristed, and the grungy mall reminds me of Asia, so it was my standard place...but i went there a couple weeks ago and it was wretched...dry, old-tasting awful dimsum...downhill alert...

          2. I have relatives in Toronto and yes, their chinese food/dim sum is probably better than ours. Same with vietnamese, thai, etc. My relatives tend to want real NY pizza, and good deli -- maybe try Katz's?

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            1. re: JMJD

              Ok, good feedback, good feedback. I like it. I had no idea about the Asian grub in TO being that good. Good to know. Yeah I suggested Katz's as part of our Lower East Side (bialys, pickles, the Tenement Museum) day but she says she isnt so into pastrami and corned beef. I told her I wasn't either until I tried Katz's. We'll see on that front. Definitely was thinking a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge ending up at Grimaldes for pizza would be a solid bet but what do you think is other good fair NYC style?