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Dim Sum in Manhattan?

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I know this topic is discussed, but . . .
I'd love to do dim sum -- is that available during the week, or Sunday only?

And: where? I've heard Oriental Garden or South China Garden, Golden Unicorn, and Royal Seafood. I'm a typical white girl and don't want to go too far out of my comfort zone -- I just really like tiny foods made well!

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South China Garden
22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

Oriental Garden
14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

Golden Unicorn
18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Royal Seafood Restaurant
103 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: scoopG

      I'm sold on Dim Sum Go Go!

      Thank you VERY much for pulling some specific threads. It can be hard to navigate such a popular and contentious topic, and I just don't trust threads more than a year old -- too much can change.

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

      1. re: lmcsherr

        Get the pea shoot dumplings and the roast duck dumplings. Both excellent and a little out of the ordinary. I also like their chicken feet there as well.

    2. Dim sum is every day, generally not at dinnertime. South China Garden does not serve dim sum. Dim Sum Go Go might have the least threatening environment.

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      South China Garden
      22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        Red Egg is pretty unthreatening as well. For someone with dim sum anxiety, a menu-based place may be the way to go, rather than cart-based. It's clearer what you're getting, and the quality is higher.

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        Red Egg
        202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

      2. most Dim Sum places in Chinatown serve it 7 days a week--just call to see when time it ends...it's usually sometime around 3-4pm.

        i just ate at Jing Fong this past weekend and was very happy with it. I feel like all the Chinatown Dim Sum spots change chefs so frequently that can be so-so on one month and very good the next (i haven't had anything better than very good in Manhattan--for great, check out Flushing or Brooklyn Chinatown...and let's not get into California or Hong Kong). that said, if you're planning on doing Dim Sum in the very near future i'd tip my hat towards Jing Fong. right now, they're offering tons of newbie-friendly dumplings--and as a bonus, their insanely immense dining room is an experience in itself!

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        Jing Fong
        18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

        1. To echo others, I think Dim Sum Go Go and Red Egg are great places to get your feet wet!

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

          Red Egg
          202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013