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  • yebo May 18, 2010 10:15 AM
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Anywhere wuth decent dimsum -preferably near Columbia U.?

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  1. no. you won't find it in the whole of UWS. it doesn't exist. i've tried.

    if anyone is gonna mention shun lee cafe, please, please don't. it would offend me and my culture very deeply.

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    1. re: another_lau

      I've tried the dim sum at Shun Lee before, it's OK, but expensive for the quality.

      1. re: kathryn

        kathryn, of coz i was joking when i said i would take offence. but about Shun Lee, they are really such a disgrace though. i don't agree "it's ok, but expensive for the quality". actually, even if it were one-third the price, i wouldn't eat there. my experience was limited to dim sum at the shun lee cafe. imagine the analogy of walking into an italian restaurant, run by italians, and the menu has "pasta with pork", "pasta with beef", "pasta with fish", "pasta with chicken". and when you taste it, it tastes exactly like pasta from the can heated with frozen meat. and then they charge you twice the price of restaurants nearby. i mean, it's basically a scam. my microwave reheated dim sum from the freezer, which i bought from chinatown a month ago, taste much better than what they serve. how can they achieve that? i really detected no sign that they care at all. or maybe it was an intended insult? then again i'm only talking about the dim sum at the cafe.

        yebo, other people have suggested some decent restaurants in the UWS that serve some dim sum dish. but these aren't really dim sum places. if it's just for a few dumplings to ease your craving, my suggestion is stay in your neighborhood (Morningside Height?). East Dumpling House has decent dumplings. these are northern style dumpling (thick skinned), but done well and fresh. Columbia Cottage has has acceptable soup dumplings (by UWS standard, which isn't saying much). if you bother to travel at all, go to chinatown.

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        Columbia Cottage
        1034 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

        East Dumpling House
        248 W 106th St, New York, NY 10025

        1. re: another_lau

          I agree with Shun Lee, but I remember that shun lee cafe, years ago, had some decent dim sum. East Dumpling House is good - though basic. China Fun may be as good as it gets on the UWS!

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          China Fun
          246 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

          East Dumpling House
          248 W 106th St, New York, NY 10025

          1. re: dpastor

            shun lee cafe: maybe they went down. i was there about a year ago.

    2. Please don't be offended (I am Chinese too!) but I think China Fun on UWS offers some Dim Sum dishes. I have not eaten theirs though....

      http://www.chinafun-ny.com

      Also, Empire Szechuan on 97th used to have them but I heard that restaurant has closed down since a couple of years ago... Your best bet may be going to Chinatown or Queens..

      Just trying to help :

      )

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      China Fun
      246 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

      1. yebo, china fun is your best bet up here. at the very least, the dumplings are good but expensive. i completely agree with another_lau about shun lee. RIDICULOUS!

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        1. re: nativeNYer

          The recently opened Canteen 82 has some dim sum dishes. The food is good but they're still working out some service issues.

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          Canteen 82
          467 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

          1. re: nativeNYer

            I ordered delivery from China Fun yesterday and i have to say, their char siew (bbq roast pork) was actually pretty close to the real thing. I was pretty please :)

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            China Fun
            246 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023