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Help me find this Chinatown dim sum place

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...if it still exists!

About 11 or 12 years ago I met up with a friend for lunch in Chinatown who knew the area well. He was very anxious to introduce me to his favorite dim sum place.

I don't know Chinatown well. I just let my friend lead me through the streets and I really didn't know what street we were on. I remember a bridge. I remember going inside this building (under the bridge?) that house a flea market of sorts. It didn't look as if there could be a restaurant in that place. Then there was a big, grand staircase at the end and it led up to a very nice restaurant. It was almost anachronistic in its location.

Servers came by with traditional carts. The food was excellent. I remember they barely spoke English. I remember feeling a little bad for the woman trying to explain what something was when we had a question. (My friend gave me the advice to "point to whatever looks good"). Although the place seemed impossible to find, the clientele did not appear to mostly be Chinese.

I still think of that place now and then, especially whenever someone brings up dim sum. I'd love to find it again as I have other friends now who would be interested. Sadly I've lost touch with my friend who first introduced me to the place and he doesn't seem to be on the common social network sites.

Does this place sound familiar to anyone? If it does, do you know the name and location?

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  1. Sounds like you're talking about 88 Palace at 88 E Broadway (Forsythe St) inside the mall up the stairs or escalators. Huge place.

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    88 Palace
    88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

    1. I think the bridge is the Manhattan Bridge and the place you mean might be on Bowery?

      1. Funny, I went there once too...probably more like 15 years ago and have thought about it since but never went back. My recollection was that there were better choices for Dim Sum in the area, but of course that info is way out of date.

        The place I went was indeed 88 Palace I believe.

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        88 Palace
        88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

        1. I agree- It sounds like 88 Palace. It still huge, but we were there two weeks ago, and it was wonderful!!

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          88 Palace
          88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

          1. From the description in the post, I thought they were talking about East Market?

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            East Market
            75 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

            1. another vote for 88 palace; it's where my grandparents had their 50th wedding anniversary or some junk. food was great.

              1. i think you're talking about 88 palace, id avoid going there though the dim sum is pretty bad at that place

                i'd go to dim sum go go if you want dim sum in chinatown

                if you're willing to pay more (like $30+ / person) then chinatown brasserie is actually pretty good

                if you're willing to take a 20 min train to flushing (take the LIRR) then i'd recommend jade asian or guang zhou (formerly known as perfect team corp)

                1. Thanks all. The description of 88 Palace definitely sounds like where I was.

                  It was my first dim sum place ever, so I can't say I was sophisticated enough to judge what was good and what wasn't, although when it comes to nibbles and rolls like that, I'm easy to please. I'm willing to try it again, but I'm also noting your alternate suggestions.

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                  88 Palace
                  88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

                  1. In the 1990s it was actually called Triple Eight Palace, but more recently became 88 Palace. Name tweaks like that are not uncommon in Chinatown e.g., what's referred to on the board as Noodletown is actually called Great N.Y. Noodletown now, but was once called N.Y. Noodletown. Now whether the name tweak has an substantive consequences varies from case to case. Consequently, if you had eaten at the old Triple Eight Palace, I don't know if the current 88 Palace is the same operation or not.

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                    88 Palace
                    88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002