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Chinatown Dim Sum Recommendations

thehungrything Mar 19, 2010 07:44 PM

We are vacationing for a few days in Manhattan and staying near Battery Park. I am looking for good quality Dim Sum in Chinatown served on carts. I have searched the topic. No we really do not want to go to Flushing, we want to be able to eat and then have fun in Manhattan, and I would like to eat somewhere that is not obviously filthy, with a scary bathroom. Probably hard to find in Chinatown, but does it exist?
What is the best cutting edge Dim Sum in Manhattan? It seems that Red Egg has a lot of fans. We have been to Chinatown Brasserie and it was good but it didnt blow me away and it was a bit precious and pricey, and slow service.

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Chinatown Brasserie
380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Red Egg
202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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    small h RE: thehungrything Mar 19, 2010 08:11 PM

    I prefer Dim Sum Go Go to Red Egg (not by much - they're both good), but neither has carts.

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      thehungrything RE: small h Mar 19, 2010 08:43 PM

      Thanks. I'm looking for recommendations for both the newer more updated Dim Sum, which I know is served off a menu and also for an old fashioned Dim Sum comfort food place off the carts.

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      Chuck Lawrence RE: thehungrything Mar 20, 2010 07:12 AM

      Dim Sum a Go Go:

      duck dumplings
      mushroom dumplings
      pea shoot dumplings
      tofu rolls
      dumpling in shark fin soup
      custard tarts
      "hamburgers" with taro fries

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        thehungrything RE: Chuck Lawrence Mar 20, 2010 12:03 PM

        That sounds awesome!

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        StheJ RE: thehungrything Mar 20, 2010 11:23 AM

        I prefer either Dim Sum Go Go or Red Egg as well (Red Egg has a bar if that makes a difference to you). If you must have carts, I guess you could go to Jing Fong or Oriental Garden.

        See also: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/481518

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        Dim Sum Go Go
        5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

        Oriental Garden
        14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

        Jing Fong
        18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

        Red Egg
        202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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          thehungrything RE: StheJ Mar 20, 2010 12:02 PM

          Thanks. I was thinking about Jing Fong and then I read some comments about it's cleanliness or lack there of. That does bother me, but we definitely have eaten in our share of questionably clean Chinese restaurants.
          On the other hand I do enjoy Dim Sum in a large place where the carts keep coming and there are steamer baskets and plates filled with all kinds of goodies; a homey/ordinary people type experience rather than an oh-so-trendy dim sum/ Chinese tapas type place. A place where Chinese people eat Dim Sum with four generations of their family.

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          Jing Fong
          18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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            Chandavkl RE: thehungrything Mar 20, 2010 07:02 PM

            Jing Fong certainly meets your requirements for festiveness. Clearly not the best dim sum around, but quite possibly the best overall experience. Otherwise, like the others, I'd opt for Red Egg or Dim Sum Go Go for the food by and of itself.

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            Dim Sum Go Go
            5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

            Jing Fong
            18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

            Red Egg
            202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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