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Apr 1, 2009 07:00 PM

What time dim sum end? take out?

When do restaurants usually stop serving dim sum? I want to take my family and friends on a Saturday but a lot of them usually don't like getting up before noon...
Any ideas? (like NBC, 888 or any other near alhambra/ monterey park)

Also, where can I get dim sum take-out in "bulk" (office catering/parties), any suggestions? (inexpensive ones please...)

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  1. I'd say most dim sum service ends at around 2:00-3:00. Definitely don't go just before closing because there won't be much of a selection. Unfortunately most dim sum places are crowded and there will be a wait as early as 10:30am until it ends. Again, don't try and go 30 minutes before they stop will get almost nothing and it will definitely be a bad experience no matter where you go.

    For inexpensive dim sum take out try Yum Cha Cafe many items are 99 cents/order. Most of their locations open at 8am and close at 8pm and you can get dim sum all day to eat in or to go.

    Yum Cha Cafe
    1635 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

    Yum Cha Cafe
    638 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Yumcha Cafe
    421 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

    Yum Cha Cafe
    2650 Rosemead Blvd South, El Monte, CA

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    1. re: monku

      hhmmm, if we get there by noon maybe we'll be seated in time to eat...
      yum cha sounds good for office meetings/ potlucks! thanks!

    2. Empress Pavilion in Chinatown has a section devoted to take-out right next door. They close around 2PM also. You can order bulk dim sum at reasonable prices there (the restaurant & the takeout store share the same kitchen).

      1. Take out dim sum also at Family Pastry. Inexpensive and good. Items are sold by the piece.
        Open 7 days a week, 7am-5:30pm

        Longs Family Pastry
        715 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA

        1. How large is your party?

          A place like Elite or Lunasia will take reservations if your party is at least 8-10 people.

          Plus, with order-off-the-menu places, when you go really isn't that much of an issue because they make it when you order it. Cart places, of course, will be different and getting there at peak times (11 a - 1 p) is probably more important.

          You can order in bulk at most dim sum restaurants as long as you call at least a day or two in advance.