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Jan 1, 2009 03:49 PM

best dim sum in SF?

I'll be staying at a hotel near Union Sq, and won't have a car. What's the best dim sum that I can either walk to or take a taxi or BART to? I'll be eating on a Sunday morning. Thanks.

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  1. This best you can walk or ride to.
    Additional entry edited out due to poster error, my bad.

    Yank Sing Banquet & Catering
    101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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    1. re: wolfe

      Coi has dim sum? Do you mean Koi Palace in Daly City?

      1. re: pane

        You are,of course, correct. Good thing Coi is closed on Sunday.

      2. re: wolfe

        Is there any difference between the 2 Yank Sing locations? The one you didn't mention on Stevenson St. actually looks closer.

        1. re: vonmoishe

          Here's what opinionatedchef said. I am not sure that is still current information.

          1. re: wolfe

            The Rincon branch is also much nicer, and it's in a more interesting neighborhood, especially on the weekend when the area around Stevenson is quite dead.

            It's about a 20-minute walk from Union Square, or you can take BART or Muni metro two stops (Powell to Embarcadero), or the F line street car.

          2. re: vonmoishe

            I find the Stevenson branch to be a little better The main thing is that the dining room at Stevenson is much smaller so the carts come around a little more frequently and it seems like the food is more consistently fresh out of the kitchen. In general Yank Sing is both great and expensive.

          3. re: wolfe

            Too damn expensive. It's great but not transcendent. And it's too damn expensive.

          4. You can walk to Gold Mountain in Chinatown from there. I have found Gold Mountain to be the best of the Chinatown options and it is a good value.

            Address is 644 Broadway. You can take Stockton Street up to broadway and turn right.

            I think Yank Sing is just ok and is exorbitantly priced.

            In the city I prefer Ton Kiang to Gold Mountain but its location is not easy for the OP to get to.

            Gold Mountain Restaurant
            644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

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            1. re: Senor Popusa

              I always loved Ton Kiang, though I haven't been there in a few years. No, it wasn't as authentic as Koi Palace or little dives in Chinatown. But authentic seemed to always mean greasy and thick dough. I always wanted to ask if TK might be authentic but *upscale* authentic since the best food I had in Hong Kong years ago was also light and non-greasy.

              1. re: rccola

                Personally, I'd much rather go to Ton Kiang than Gold Mountain. Sure you have to elbow your way past too many tourists, but I generally have gotten great food there.

            2. Or you can take the N Judah streetcar and get off on 15th-16th Av - then walk one block to South Sea Village on Irving for some pretty darn good dim sum... As with any other d/s place on Sundays, the earlier the lesser the wait.

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              1. re: Sarah

                How recent was your visit to SSV? Our last visit was dreadful... mealy prawns and ammoniated crabs. Obviously not fresh.

                1. re: intomeat

                  About 3 weeks ago. No crab for us, but the dim sum was good. When were you there?

                  1. re: Sarah

                    about 6 weeks ago. I suppose dim sum would be okay if Har Gaw is not in the picture,

                    1. re: Sarah

                      I was there today (1/3) and it was good, but not the best in the city. Certainly worth trying though. Get the tea service to start, it's a lot of fun to watch them prepare and pour. We were pleased with the flavor of all dishes including the fried crab claw.

                    2. re: intomeat

                      Were you there on a weekday or weekend? I ask because I've been there twice during the week and had some less than fresh seafood as well. Here's my report,

                      South Sea Seafood Village
                      1420 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

                  2. I'll concur on Yank Sing but to elaborate on another poster's comment you won't come close to finding a more expensive dim sum restaurant (on an item for item basis) in the United States.

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                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      Harmony across the GG will give YS a run for the money.

                      1. re: Sarah

                        I wouldn't encourage anybody to try Harmony based on this recent thread (unless "run for the money" meant "will make you run out of money".


                    2. The Bay Area board get this question every couple of months. But after today when my cousin took me to New Asia for dim sum I feel I should post about it.

                      But first my two cents. Chinatown dim sum is loud, busy and pushy. It not that cheap compared to the Richmond and Sunset areas of San Francisco. If given a choice I would stick to the mid Peninsula, but that is another post.

                      Back to New Asia.

                      Only two dishes were really good. The Har Gaw was huge with lots and lots of whole shrimp and the XO turnip cakes were also a hit.

                      I was told the lave buns were good, but I normally do not have the space to have buns at dim sum or cooked Gai Lan either ( a small dish was 8 bucks, which I could buy five pounds of for less than 8 bucks)

                      The rest of the dishes were just OK and for the most part cold.

                      So if you want something good I would take BART to Millbare. You can check the board for the best there.

                      Dim sum is not my favorite, for me a good hot bowl of won ton noodle soup on a cold wet day would just be fine.

                      Which is what I had for dinner at home. Home made won ton and bamboo noodles which I pick up in the City.

                      Hope you find something good.

                      If you want to stay in the City I like S&T in the Sunset.

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                      1. re: yimster


                        S&T Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant
                        2578 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122