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My son and I are having some friend's come into the city this weekend. We are starting off with skating at Bryant Park, but then I was thinking of heading down to Chinatown. I had originally thought they were coming in earlier, and we would be able to be in Chinatown by 12ish. However, it looks like that won't be the case.
I have always had Dim Sum early in the day. Do places serve it later too? Would it be possible to get good dim sum at around 3PM? Also, because kids are involved, I am looking for a Golden Unicorn type place. I realize there is better dim sum, but the experience is important in this particulare case.
Thanks for your help!

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Golden Unicorn
18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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  1. Most Dim Sum service winds down at 2PM and ends at 3PM. Your best options will be Dim Sum Go Go or Red Egg

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

    Red Egg
    202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: fourunder

      That was what I was afraid of. I may have to give up the dim sum idea and come up with something else.

      1. re: samanthainthecity

        Why not go skating *after* dim sum?? (Or give up the skating altogether.......)

        1. re: CatoUWS

          Unfortunately, that is not an option. I kind of wish it was though.

          1. re: CatoUWS

            C'mon: skating is heavenly, and rarer an opportunity in NYC than eating dim sum!

      2. I recently had some late dim sum at 88 Palace that was enjoyable. Don't remember the reason, but they were running a $1.80 special too. Even though we went in after 2pm, the selection was decent. You'll pretty much have the place to yourselves, just before the place starts their 4pm-ish staff meal.

        88 Palace
        88 East Broadway
        Underneath the Manhattan Bridge
        On the 2nd floor inside the shopping arcade.

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        88 Palace
        88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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        1. re: mpken

          Thank you. I will consider that option.

          1. re: mpken

            Don't remember the reason, but they were running a $1.80 special too.
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            That's called leftovers.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Not always true.....mpken doesn't mention what day....some places in Manhattan Chinatown and in Flushing run mid-week specials for two bucks and under.....Grand Harmony runs either a 1.80 or 2.00 take out counter.

              but after 2PM, I would consider all to be leftovers and the selections poor at any place.

              1. re: fourunder

                Not always true.....mpken doesn't mention what day.
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                Yes, but mpken does say this: "Even though we went in after 2pm, the selection was decent."

                And you did admit this: "but after 2PM, I would consider all to be leftovers and the selections poor at any place."

                :-)

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  all true.....personally, I would not visit a dim sum house after 1 PM, expecting anything to be decent from my past experiences.

                  1. re: fourunder

                    Yeah, neither would I.

                    Aside from selection and quality, dim sum just isn't a after NOON type of thing for me.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                $1.80 was running all day and probably a weekday deal since we were there Friday afternoon. It was posted to run till 12/27, but the sign was in Chinese and I didn't press my uncle for more info.

                In my mind I questioned having dim sum so late in the day too, but I wasn't about to turn down my aunt and uncle who were hosting us. Going so late doesn't matter that much when you're having slow cooked stuff like phoenix claw, tripe, lotus leaf wrapped rice, and spare ribs. The kitchen was still making stuff to order like the rolled rice noodles and the various gows if you were willing to wait. I like the touch that NY can still use the old school looking bamboo+stainless steamers. LA's stainless steamers look so sterile.

                We went to Golden Unicorn this past Sunday and I did notice it was a bit better. It also helps that we went at 10am. Another plus was it was raining, not as many people will come out early.

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                Golden Unicorn
                18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: mpken

                  I used to think L.A. took the prize for the most competitive Chinese dining market, but I think Manhattan Chinatown is even more so (e.g., 5 for $1 dumplings) so it's not surprising to find that decent sub $2 dim sum has migrated to New York, too.

              3. re: mpken

                +1 for 88 Palace- Was there last week after 2pm. Everything was still fresh and the assortment was amazing. They even made Soup Dumplings by request that were outstanding!!

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                88 Palace
                88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: sockster

                  I like 88 palace better than Golden Unicorn, ya.

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                  Golden Unicorn
                  18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

              4. Thank you for all of this help. It looks as if I have convinced them to come on earlier, so we should be able to be down in Chinatown by noon. So, I guess, now the question is Golden Unicorn or 88 Palace? Does 88 Palace have carts? How were their soup dumplings?

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                Golden Unicorn
                18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

                88 Palace
                88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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                1. re: samanthainthecity

                  Soup dumplings are Shanghainese, not a Cantonese dim sum item so I am surprised to hear that 88 Palace is offering them! Sounds then that 88 Palace is the place for you, although I've not been.

                  1. re: scoopG

                    They have them at pacificana in sunset park, too, for dim sum, so maybe it's a new thing cause they know the gringos want em. i personally am happy to have them anytime, even not great ones.

                    1. re: scoopG

                      XLB is not uncommon at dim sum restaurants in California. Not very good versions, I may add.

                      1. re: Chandavkl

                        Jing Fong has XLB on the carts....4 to a steamer......they're not very good.

                    2. re: samanthainthecity

                      Without getting into a debate about who has the best Dim Sum or the Best cart Dim Sum Service, I've brought the generations of my family and my friends to most of the larger dining places and they all voice their favorite as Jing Fong for the most selections and varieties available.....If the cart service is weak at any given time, the food bar area they set up for extra dumplings, vegetables and seafood items are a plus. Like others, you can order certain dishes from the kitchen as well.

                      Also, my last excursion to Chinatown was At Grand Harmony and it was pretty good.....and I would go back.

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                      Jing Fong
                      18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

                      1. re: fourunder

                        Agreed Jing Fong has the best combination of food and ambience for those who don't regularly partake in dim sum.

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                        Jing Fong
                        18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

                        1. re: Chandavkl

                          agreed--plus it's great for kids--we take our a lot.

                    3. Thank you to everyone for your help and comments. We ended up at 88 Palace. It was fun for the kids although we did not get any soup dumplings. I promised my son soup dumplings and steamed pork buns for Christmas. The other kids had never had them before, so they did not miss them. It was a fun experience and seemed like a "find" given the location which somehow made it seem a little more adventurous. It might not be the place I bring friends who "know" their dim sum, but it fit the bill perfectly for yesterday.

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                      88 Palace
                      88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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                      1. re: samanthainthecity

                        Sometimes an elevator gets you to a good meal just as an escalator would.....

                        1. re: samanthainthecity

                          Glad you liked it.. You had to ask the servers for the soup dumplings. But it was a "find", right??