Full House Cafe--Dim Sum Alternative in Chinatown
I should first start with a disclaimer of sorts. Full House Cafe is not a dim sum restaurant. It's a cafe with 400 items on the menu (numbered items actually go up to 564, but if you look closely there are a lot of gaps), including about 40 regular dim sum items plus a dozen "Shanghai dim sum" choices. Also, I only ordered a couple of items from the dim sum side of the menu. That having been said, I thought that the dim sum that I did have, the seafood snow pea leaf dumpling and the pan fried fish cake were as good as any dim sum I've had in Chinatown (i.e., Red Egg and Dim Sum Go Go). The menu sort of apologetically states that dim sum items are only served until 6 pm, but that's more than you can ask than from most pure dim sum restaurants. Obviously two items aren't enough to make a valid judgment, so I'm hoping other guinea pigs will step forward. Full House Cafe is at 97 Bowery in the space once occupied by the quirky Big Eat Restaurant, and which I think was either vacant or put to non-restaurant use until Full House Cafe opened last summer.
Dim Sum Go Go
5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038
202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
Full House Cafe
97 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Their Chinese name (俏江南 qiào jiāng nán) is appropriated from a Shanghai chain. Don't think they are related in any way. They do serve some excellent XLB though. Their menu appears heavy on the Shanghai dishes with a come hither assortment of General Tso’s, Peking Duck, French Fries etc...the ground floor level has 10-12 booths that are lit in a pop-techno fashion. Upstairs are the round tables with seating for 40+. Trays of food went out for delivery to karaoke patrons upstairs.
They have an interesting monthly special of six dishes. If you order one entrée, then for $7.95 can order one of six specials like Three Cup Chicken with Bamboo or Crispy Fish with Fruit Mayonnaise or Pork and Jujubes with Beancurd Sauce.