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Aug 2, 2010 09:42 PM

Chinese banquet places?

I'm looking for places to hold a Chinese wedding banquet dinner. Any recs?
I've searched the boards and have seen older recs from 2006. Hoping
there's any new comments. Especially hard since I'm trying to plan this from out of state
so I do not know the area.

Thanks in advance,

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  1. you could certainly try ocean harbor. also, the place next to san kee does them - my gf's uncle used to own it, so that's where we always go for family occasions. (her family is chinese, mine isn't)
    you'd think, having been to 2-3 banquet dinners there, we'd know the name, but everyone just refers to it as 'the place next to san kee.'

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    1. re: Bob Loblaw

      Could it be Ocean City? (google maps show Ocean City next to Sang Kee)

      1. re: cloud2poof

        could be... it's just south of San(g?) kee (but then, I think San Kee is on the corner anyway)

      2. re: Bob Loblaw

        I second Ocean Harbor, not the most beautiful setting but they do multi course menus and they have karaoke.

      3. Not sure what area you are targeting, however I have been to several Chinese banquets at Lai Lai Gardens (located in Blue Bell - burbs). They have pretty good food, an extensive menu, and a medium to large banguet room.

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        1. re: EpicurBurbs

          Thanks. Didn't have a particular area I was targeting. His family is in DE. Philly Chinatown seemed to be the closest from there to have a Chinese wedding banquet. (My family is Chinese and will be coming from all over the US). It might actually be good in the burbs since people will probably be driving in anyways so parking would be nice. But good authentic food is more important.

          1. re: EpicurBurbs

            Lai Lai has an additional location in Montgomeryville/North Wales, but the one in Blue Bell is far more luxurious. Although I have never been a participant, I have been in the restaurant section of the facility when a wedding is going on, and it looked wonderful.

          2. There's a place at 6th and Washington, I believe it's called Saigon Maxim, they have large rooms in the back that are almost always set up for large weddings when we go for dim sum there. It's in a strip mall on Washington, so both easy to get to from center city and some limited parking there.

            1. Golden City in Colmar, PA. The restaurant seats 650 and is the "go-to" wedding banquet place for Asians in the suburbs. The food is authentic. Parking is convenient and the train station is right accross the street.

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              1. re: SnowCat

                Wow, Colmar is far away from Delaware. I will be shot for this since people on CH don't seem to be a fan and it may not be what you're looking for since it's more "fancy" than authentic, but Yang Ming in Bryn Mawr has a private upstairs banquet and ample parking and is right off 476---------could be pricey though as well.

                1. re: bonappetite

                  I love Yang Ming and was very interested in having my wedding there, but we had just too many people to make it work. I like Lai Lai, too.

                  1. re: jessicheese

                    Where did you eventually have yours?

                    1. re: cloud2poof

                      we eventually went with a traditional wedding reception because I really wanted to have the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in one location. i had it at the Inn at Chester Springs and it was wonderful!

              2. Rising Tide has a banquet room upstairs that will hold about 60 people and the food is excellent. We've had two birthday celebrations there. The food at Ocean City is average at best. Yang Ming can be good at times, but is pricey and not that authentic most of the time. I think HK Golden Phoenix also can do a wedding in their upstairs space-- if the relatives are cantonese that should work well if Rising Tide is too small.