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Dinner for 20 in Oakland Chinatown

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afaz415 Feb 17, 2009 07:35 PM

My partner and I are planning to have a dinner for 20 of our friends/family members next month and after encountering some difficulty finding a place that would accommodate all of us without a serious per person minimum, we thought it might be nice and easier to do it at one of the big dim sum restaurants in Oakland Chinatown. So, I guess my question has two parts: 1) do people have any thoughts about the best Chinese places in Oakland, and 2) are there any places where you've had particularly good experiences with big groups?

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    ML8000 RE: afaz415 Feb 17, 2009 08:00 PM

    I guess you have to define "best", best price, best all together, best for a group of 20, etc.

    Any place that can accommodate that number and is good is going to require some kind of per/person or set banquet menu pick. It's standard for any place that has large facilities, Chinese or not. To reserve 20 seats at a busy place (dim sum or otherwise) without a deposit just doesn't make much sense.

    That said, you could do a drop in and see what happens.

    Some of the usual suspects in Oakland Chinatown are:

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    Legendary Palace
    708 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

    Restaurant Peony
    388 9th St Ste 288, Oakland, CA 94607

    Joy Luck
    327 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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      Joel RE: afaz415 Feb 17, 2009 08:05 PM

      New Gold Medal has an upstairs dining area, normally empty at dinner time.
      We've had a great time there, with one table for twelve people. They have about ten such tables.
      It's not as upscale as Peony or Legendary Palace, but the staff are very friendly and accommodating. Plus, you can get dinner for about $16 per person if you choose well, and there's little or no corkage fee.

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      New Gold Medal
      389 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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        Joel RE: Joel Feb 18, 2009 04:19 PM

        Here's a report on a ChowLunch we had at New Gold Medal some years ago:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/41362

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        klyeoh RE: afaz415 Feb 18, 2009 01:24 AM

        Peony's the one & only place for me in Oakland Chinatown.

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          essvee RE: afaz415 Feb 18, 2009 01:16 PM

          New Oakland Seafood Restaurant, at 10th and Harrison, is an overlooked gem. Their food is consistently clean-tasting and delicious. I have purchased a banquet there and was well pleased. The owner speaks English well enough for you to have a conversation with him. He is a nice guy. It's my favorite joint in Chinatown.

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            Joel RE: essvee Feb 18, 2009 04:24 PM

            and a report on New Oakland Seafood:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/31051
            I don't think they have a private room, so probably not good for the OP's request.

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            New Oakland Seafood
            307 10th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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              ThaDu RE: Joel Feb 18, 2009 06:49 PM

              try east ocean in alameda after the alameda tunnel, it is new and roomy.

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                Ruth Lafler RE: Joel Feb 18, 2009 08:03 PM

                OP didn't specify a private room. Most Chinese restaurants larger than a hole in the wall can seat 20 at two round tables for ten.

                East Ocean in Alameda is a good suggestion, though. The food is good, the atmosphere is elegant and the management speaks fluent English. They'll work with your budget.

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                  essvee RE: Ruth Lafler Feb 20, 2009 07:58 AM

                  New Oakland does indeed have a private room. It's upstairs.

                  As to the thread about it, all I can say is: that hasn't been my experience.

                  For my banquet for 8, I told the owner that I wanted to spend $300 including tip and we went from there. I requested geoduck two ways and live shrimp. The whole fish was not live, which was a good way to save some money. We didn't have Peking spareribs, as nobody really wanted them. We had chicken stuffed with sticky rice, which was pretty good.

                  The food at New Oakland is not often spectacular, but it is always been impeccably simple and fresh.

                  Oh yeah, my wife and I have had a dish there, twice, it's called crab with preserved egg or something. It's crab deepfried with an unbelievably savory batter that must contain not salted eggs but the other ones, can't remember the name. The batter adds an exotic overtone to the sweet crab. It's a dynamite dish.

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