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best old school dim sum in Chinatown right now?

Trying to find out some info for a friend. Happy with or without carts. Not interested in new school options like Chinatown Brasserie, Dim Sum Go Go or Red Egg, which seem to be recommended most frequently.

Are Jing Fong, Golden Unicorn, 88 Palace and Hop Shing good bets these days? What other places would you recommend?

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

Chinatown Brasserie
380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Golden Unicorn
18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Jing Fong
18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

Red Egg
202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

88 Palace
88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Hop Shing
9 Chatham Square, New York, NY 10038

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  1. Nom Wah perhaps?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/13/din...

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    Nom Wah Tea Parlor
    13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: kathryn

      Agreed but I send folks to 88 Palace pretty regularly because of the scene and the fact that they not only have a great variety on the carts, but the serving stations are usually pretty interesting as well.

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      88 Palace
      88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

    2. Chatham Square Restaurant

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      Chatham Square Restaurant
      6 Chatham Sq, New York, NY 10038

      1. old school
        Hop Shing or Nom Wah

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        Hop Shing
        9 Chatham Square, New York, NY 10038

        1. Thanks for all your suggestions, and thanks for the link to the NYTimes article on Nom Wah, kathryn!

          Have placed Hop Shing, Nom Wah, Chatham Square (which I believe I visited a few years ago) and 88 Palace on the shortlist.

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          1. re: prima

            Not to confuse you, but newcomers Royal Seafood on Mott and Sunshine 27 on Bowery have received recent props on this board. Even though we're talking "old school" dim sum, I follow the general rule that newer places are better than older places, unless it's a place like Nom Wah that reinvents itself, as the older places fall into complacency.

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            27 Sunshine
            46 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

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

            1. re: Chandavkl

              I hear ya, Chandavkl. Pretty much the same situation re: dim sum north of the border, too. My friend has a thing for the experience associated with the old school type restos, for whatever reason. Tried to convince her to try Dim Sum Go Go on a previous visit, but she chose Chatham Square restaurant instead. She's mostly interested in lo bak go and jin deui, so an innovative/interesting/larger selection of dishes isn't that important to her, although fresher/better tasting is always good!

              Thanks for mentioning Royal Seafood and Sunshine 27. Nice to add some newcomers to the list!

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              Chatham Square Restaurant
              6 Chatham Sq, New York, NY 10038

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

              1. re: prima

                Bumping this thread since I'll be returning to NYC and dining with my lo bak go loving friend.

                Which places would Chowhounds recommend most for lo bak go and jin deui these days? Are relative newcomers Royal Seafood & Sunshine 27 still pretty good options?

                1. re: prima

                  you should really do a dim sum bar crawl since all the places are relatively close. lo bak go is my #1 dim sum dish. I would hit up hop shing and nom wah. Ping's on Mott is also pretty good.

          2. Nom Wah Tea Parlor is the best "old school" in that it has been there for nearly 90 years (with a brief hiatus) and makes some pretty darn good cooked-to-order dim sum. The egg rolls and the spare ribs are particularly good.

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            Nom Wah Tea Parlor
            13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

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            1. re: nmprisons

              Thanks nmprisons. Thanks for mentioning the egg rolls & spare ribs, too!