Any suggestions for dimsum in Chinatown besides Empress Pavillion?
I've been to the Empress many times and it's always been good but has never wowed me.
I want to take my Mom to dimsum this Mother's Day and would love to try a different place.
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I agree with the others, SGV will provide superior dim sum. In Chinatown, however, my go to place is upstairs at Ocean. An 11:00 arrival (son't know about Mother's Day, though) usually has no wait and, best of all, the shrimp & cilantro har gow come out then. Their braised chicken feet are quite good.
I just tried Ocean Seafood today for lunch with a big group. While the food pales in comparison to SGV offerings, it wasn't bad. Just a tad on the oily side. The dining room is fairly large and the service was great. A lot of the dim sum cart ladies were even able to explain certain dishes in English. I'd suggest Ocean or CBS Seafood if you must be in Chinatown. Although I like the food better at CBS, Ocean's interior is much better. In addition, Ocean is rated an A for cleanliness if you're worried about that sort of thing.
If you're willing to head East on the 10, I'd suggest either 888, Ocean Star, or NBC for cart-style. I've only tried Elite for nouveau, menu-ordering dim sum and enjoyed it. You'll most likely wow her there. Only problem I can foresee is that Elite is a small place and will most likely be packed on Mother's Day. It's going to be crazy no matter where you go. Good luck.