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Feb 27, 2011 02:19 PM

Dim Sum

Does anyone have any suggestions for really great dim sum restaurants? Preferably near Union Square and not too pricey. Thanks!

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    1. Well the only potentially great dim sum near Union Square would be Yank Sing, but that might be the most expensive dim sum in the U.S.A. I think you either settle for less than great, e.g., Great Eastern or City View in Chinatown, or go out to the suburbs.

      Great Eastern Restaurant
      649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

      City View Restaurant
      662 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Yank Sing
      49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        The only dim sum that's "near" Union Square is Tian Sing. But people seem to get caught up in whether something is "near" Union Square. San Francisco is very compact and has excellent public transit, especially in the downtown area, so unless time is very tight or walking is required, "near" shouldn't be the deciding factor.

        Tian Sing Chinese Restaurant
        138 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      2. My favorite is Hong Kong Lounge on Geary and 17th Street. Please see the many earlier comments (both pro and con). Great dim sum and friendly service. When you arrive, take a number and be prepared to wait about 20 minutes on a normal day. The place is large, so turnover is frequent. They call out numbers in both chinese and english. The only dish I didn't like there was beef chow fun. The one time I ordered it, it lacked wok hay and life. For a wonderful dessert, try steamed sesame buns. They are like mochi filled with sweet ground black sesame seeds. They are coated with a beige flour (soy flour?). You must eat them warm and soft, as soon as they serve them. Otherwise they get cold and firm.

        I think you could take the Geary Street bus easily to HKL.

        Enjoy your dim sum!

        Hong Kong Lounge
        5322 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94121

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        1. re: elise h

          Typically they'll be coated with ground peanut powder.

          1. re: elise h

            Taking the Geary bus from Union Square to 17th Ave (not Street) will likely mean spending 1-1.5 hours going back and forth judging from the official MUNI timetable. May make a 20-minute wait at the restaurant seem like a piece of cake.

              1. re: Pei

                ditto. i was surprisingly pleased with HKL. my favorite in sf. since you order by checking off what you want on a menu, everything is super fresh and hot. baked pork buns were mouth-watering.

                1. re: carfeng

                  I didn't get them yesterday, but the baked pork buns have suddenly become immensely popular at HKL. Every table except ours had them.

                  What I like is the attention to detail at HKL--the BBQ rice noodle rolls were stuffed with fresh cilantro leaves, the beef meat balls had dried orange peel, the har gau had chopped crunchy bamboo shoots, the lava buns aren't too sweet and have that hint of salt from the salty egg yolks. The sparerib clay pot rice was very good for a dim sum place. Perfectly cooked individual grains of rice, sauce on the side, and a bit of crust on the bottom of the pot. Off the menu and worth the 30minute wait.

                  The wait would be a lot more tolerable if they would change their policy of allowing one person to hog an entire table. Families in the neighborhood send their insomniac granny to wait in line at 9am in the morning to get a table, where she nurses a cup of tea and doesn't order any food until the family strolls in at 10.30. Argg.