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Jewish Xmas Meal in Chinatown .

We are a party of 8 with 4 adults and 4 kids age 5-14. Not going to NY Noodletown or Big Wong because we need somewhere we can hangout a little and not be too cramped. after doing some research I am looking at Jing Fong . Am I making a mistake or does that fit the bill for us? Thanks

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Big Wong
67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Jing Fong
18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. Jing fong is dim sum, so it is good for hanging out. There ae dishes, bigger, that can be ordered. On this board, JF doesn't get much love (use search) but it has its purposes - including carts, hanging out.

    Also, I've found it's more enjoyable to go to CTown early on Xmas (noon or 1pm) - less crowded.

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    Jing Fong
    18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

    1. Jing Fong, due to its sheer large size is a good choice......hanging out, depending what that exactly means may be reasonable or not. Lingering at the table after the meal may fall into the unreasonable category. If you plan on dim sum, once you are finished, they will attempt to turn over the table on arguably the busiest day of the year. If you plan on a dinner, they are more apt to be accommodating to your leisurely desire.

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      Jing Fong
      18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

      1. 88 Palace for us tomorrow!!! We love the Dim Sum assortment!! Happy Hanukkah!!

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        88 Palace
        88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

        1. By hanging out I mean just not 30 mins in and out. Not going to linger but dont want to be so rushed either. Totally get that its rude to take up a table when people are waiting a wouldn't do that. i also have the issue of my family doesnt eat pork or seafood so thinking dim sum is maybe not the right choice.

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          1. re: beeenie

            Can anyone attest to how busy the C-town restaurants are on Christmas?

            thanks in advance!

            1. re: deabot

              I think no pork/seafood is an issue unless they just don't like giant pieces of these. Seafood and pork are used in small "seasoning" amounts in much Chinese food.

              Exception would be the vegetarian dim sum places (use search) but 1) based on one meal, not so great, I think; and 2) probably have lots of people tomorrow so not lingering - even 30min.

              1. re: deabot

                Deabot, It depends when you go, but it's manageable. Some popular places will have a line with a short wait, upwards of a half hour. Some places will be empty enough that they'll seat you right away. The turn over on tables is high.

              2. re: beeenie

                How do they feel about things cooked in lard? If you really want to avoid any pork products, you might not be going to the right place.

                Also, if you're going tomorrow (technically, later today), I highly recommend you show up as early as possible. A Google search seems to show that they open at 9:30 AM. On Christmas Day, I strongly recommend that you show up at 10:30 or earlier.

              3. Thoughts on Golden Unicorn? Not as good as Jing Fong?

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                Golden Unicorn
                18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

                Jing Fong
                18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013