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Dim Sum and Parking


I was thinking of going down to Boston for dim sum this weekend (do they do it on Saturdays as well?) and was wondering what people felt was the best place for authentic dim sum since reviews seem to be middling across the net.
Also do you know where I could park in china town for un-exorbitant prices?

actually if you know anywhere around the state besides boston that does good dim sum, that'll be great as well.


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  1. I think Hei la Moon validates parking..and yes, served Sat. I'm going to Winsor cafe tomorrow..more in the center of Chinatown. There'sa big lot across the street; but I don't know the cost or if they validate.

    HLM is carts. Winsor is order off the menu. I also like China Pearl (carts) but don't know if they validate parking.

    There are "outside of Boston" dim sum places but I'm not knowledgeabe about them.

    Maybe others will weigh in.

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    1. re: 9lives

      You might also consider (New) China Pearl in Woburn, which has free parking. Try to get there before 11:30, and don't miss their shrimp on fried cruller.

      1. re: 9lives

        Hei La Moon does validate parking - it's a little wacky. You pay full price to park at the garage above the restaurant, then go down to the restaurant and have your dim sum. On the way out, you stop at the restaurant's front desk and give them more money (it's either $5 or $6) for a parking voucher. You give the parking voucher to the garage, and they refund all the money you paid to park in the first place (so your net cost is just for the voucher). The dim sum at Hei La Moon is pretty good too.

        1. re: blink617

          Chow Chau City on Morrisey Blvd has plenty of free parking.

        2. re: 9lives

          I've done the Hei La Moon parking deal before, it's exactly as blink617 described. However, that garage is tight with small spaces. But in any case, I don't like the quality of dim sum at HLM anymore, and I go to Winsor these days.

          I now park at the South Station bus terminal garage. It's on the roof and not covered. On weekends, they charge $8 flat fee for the whole day. While it's a bit more expensive than some other options in C-town, it's less painless for me than trying to squeeze into those tiny spots in most Chinatown lots/garages.

        3. pretty sure the Beach St garage is still $10.

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          1. re: ScubaSteve

            Since the silver line eliminated much of the meter parking in Chinatown, almost every store and restaurant in Chinatown is now validating parking for the Beach Street garage. I think it is $2 per hour up to $3 hour max ($6 max) with validation. Look for the sign in the window and don't be shy about asking to get your parking ticket validated.

            1. re: azra

              wow! good to know. i just usually use my CC card at the gate.

              1. re: azra

                Winsor definitely validates for parking at the Beach Street garage--$6 for up to 3 hours. Just hand them your parking ticket, and they'll be happy to do it!

            2. thanks for all the tips! it'll definitely make going down to chinatown less painful this weekend

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              1. re: dalliance

                you might park somewhere and take the orange line or red line.

              2. I had an excellent Dim Sum meal at the China Pearl in Quincy, at the Kam Man Marketplace shopping center. There is plenty of free parking there, and the place is huge, so the lines aren't that long. They had a wide variety of items, some of which I hadn't seen before. All of it was fresh and tasty.

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                1. re: mwk

                  Is the Quincy China Pearl related to the China Pearl in Chinatown? Same owners?

                  1. re: SuperFineSugar

                    I believe it's the same owners, yes. not withstanding other opinions, I thought the Dim Sum there was excellent, and so did the other people in my party. We actually are planning to go back this coming Sunday for brunch.

                2. I'm glad to hear about parking validation at the Beach Street garage. Another option is to take the Turnpike right to the South Station Bus Parking and then take the short walk to Chinatown. On weekends the bus parking is $6 all day long. Always good to have another option!

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                  1. re: lipoff

                    It's actually $8 all day (on weekends) at the South Station bus parking garage, as mentioned in my previous post.

                    1. re: y2000k

                      Whoops, my apologies y2000k, I didn't see your post. You're right that the parking fee is now $8/day on weekends (much more expensive on weekdays, by the way). I remember when it was just $6/day though! =)

                  2. China Pearl in Quincy is awful; Grand Chinatown ( not sure of name) on Billings road in Quincy is much better , if you come from the north, it's right turn from Hancock st, parking on the side streets.

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                    1. re: queeny

                      Queeny, can you elaborate on the difference between China Pearl and Grand Chinatown?

                      1. re: globalgourmand

                        I found at China Pearl Quincy---all the dim sum with sauce, such as clam in black bean sauce,steam tripe stew, are kind of sloppy, & the flavor of most are not well balance, too much MSG or sugar. they seem to taste the same.

                        Grand ChinaTown... ( again, I am not sure the name), all the dim sum have very clean flavor, the sesame ball fresh & crisp; steam tripe... nice clean flavor, nice texture, with a bite, not too soft nor too crunchy; Shrimp dumpling (HAGao) can taste the shrimp.

                        also big difference in cleanliness too.

                        I went with my husband to ChinaPearl Quincy , afterward we both decide we won't go there again, & a wk later 5 of us went to Grand Chinatown, all of us like it a lot.
                        I am not comparing it to the China Pearl in Chinatown, haven't been there a while

                      2. re: queeny

                        My parents tried China Pearl in Quincy and were not impressed either. Not that it's terrible, but just not really good. I haven't been back since it opened, but I personally didn't care for the buffet they offered as well - filled with bad buffet food, and a few dim sum items. Good dim sum is marked to by the delicacy of the preparation and balance of texture (i.e., thin dumpling skins with just the right texture, bite size items with distinct tastes). The chef/cook just didn't seem to be skilled at this.

                        If they have dim sum in Quincy, they much prefer Grand Chinatown. They think the food has the better balance and flavor than China Pearl. The only downside is that it's a decent medium sized restaurant, but small to be pushing dim sum carts around. And as it's become more popular, the waits are getting just as long as the waits in Chinatown. It's technically walking distance for me, and a few more minutes for my parents so thankfully we don't need to make a special effort to get there.