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hosting an out of town family gathering for dim-sum this saturday. It's a group of about ten including elderly and children. appreciate any suggestions for great dim-sum with ID atmosphere (dives w/ GREAT food and service are fine). I don't know where to begin... thanks in advance.

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  1. Jade Garden is the one and only dim sum restaurant you should consider in the ID. There will be a wait if you're not there on the early side, but don't be tempted to go to one of the other nearby dim sum places; there is a reason Jade Garden is popular.

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    1. re: terrier

      I like New World Seafood a lot better than Jade Garden, but you could argue that it's outside the ID proper (though I'm not sure this is truly a requirement of the original poster).

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      New World Seafood Restaurant
      1207 S Jackson St # 2, Seattle, WA

      1. re: not the bad Steve

        I'm trying New World Seafood today and am excited. I was disappointed with Jade Garden when I went a couple of weeks ago. Right now my favorites are Tea Garden and Purple Dot.

        1. re: Lauren

          Lauren, so what did you think of New World Seafood? We haven't tried it yet. Have been to Jade Garden and found it alright, really long wait, and REALLY dirty. I am not a germ-a-phobe but it did turn me off a bit. When we were waiting at Jade Garden, we ended up meeting a couple who asked if we wanted to share a table. We did and found out they had both lived in Hong Kong (she was born there) and they chose a number of dishes for us. It was also their first visit to Jade Garden and said they enjoyed New World Seafood more. We live in the Renton Highlands so are thrilled to have Tea Palace close by and have been there about half a dozen times. I find the service fast, friendly, lots of carts (we usually go about 11) and a good choice of dim sum. It definitely helps that we can actually walk there in about 15 minutes, then walk it off on the way home!

          1. re: jodymaryk

            I really liked New World Seafood. There weren't many people in there so they didn't use carts - rather they carried the baskets on trays. If they heard us talking about a favorite dish - they would prepare it for us. The har gow was really good as was the turnip cake. Their chile oil was the best I've had in Seattle. They've got a note on it that says it contains peanuts - maybe that's the secret!

    2. Everyone says Jade Garden, (and no doubt, it's good) but i don't find it hugely better than some of the others out there.

      Here's a post that went through some options:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597243

      I personally like Ocean City and Sun Ya, but both are pretty basic.
      Nothing stands out, but it's all pretty solid.