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Dec 6, 2008 04:46 PM

Chinatown Dim Sum for Dinner?

I love dim sum for brunch, but am wondering if any good Chinatown restaurants also serve dim sum for dinner? (Yes, specifically Chinatown, for this dinner, at least.) Thanks.

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  1. Typically Chinatown dim sum is served approximately from 10:30am to 2 pm in the afternoon. Not many places offer dim sum for dinner (if any?). Dim sum is mainly a luncheon affair called 'Yum cha" which means "drink tea". Some smaller restaurants only offer this on weekends.

    1. There's a branch of Yum Cha Cafe on Broadway. I think it's open until 8pm or thereabouts and they have dim sum.

      1. No.

        Or more precisely, there are no restaurants that serve dim sum for dinner, good or otherwise.

        While you're on your Ahabian search for such a Chinese restaurant, perhaps you can take notes for me on a good Kosher restaurant serving cheeseburgers. Thanks much.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Don't be so mean!! There is Yum Cha, and the takeaway counters at NHK and the shack on Garfield next to Giang Nan, between the 10 and Garvey... Nothing in Chinatown, though. But yes, this is a bit like asking for Sunday brunch at 6 PM. Places that serve dim sum change to a Cantonese seafood menu after 2 PM.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Talia's Steakhouse & Bar • 668 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025

            Serving hamburgers with non-dairy soy cheese. ;-)

          2. Kind of like looking for Wheaties for dinner. Actually a couple of places in NY Chinatown do, but not out here on the left coast. Dim sum chef is a different job classification from normal Chinese kitchen chef. The dim sum crew is in the restaurant before dawn getting ready for the morning opening, so most of them are snug in bed when dinnertime comes.

            1. I think you can get some dim sum for dinner at ABC Seafood downtown. I'm sure I have. No carts.

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              1. re: mc michael

                That's not dim sum that they are serving at dinner time. Just select dumpling dishes.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I have to agree -- and they're usually pretty sad, from the appetizer section of the menu.

                  Dim sum is what's eaten at yum cha, and yum cha is very much an early-in-the-day thing.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I'm sure you're right but I was impressed with both the selection and the fact it was not sad.