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ClippyZ Jun 6, 2011 06:00 AM

Hi, everyone -

I'm planning a Chinatown lunch for some co-workers later this week, and many people were thinking that dim sum would be fun. As a chinatown novice, I was hoping for a bit of help. First, do most of the "regular" dim sum places have weekday dim sum? Second, it seems as if Winsor Cafe is a big hit here - but maybe too small for our party?

Given that there's a level of ease needed with these co-workers, I want to make sure this is somewhere we won't have to make a reservation or wait for a long time ... though quality of food is still important. Also, we'll be coming from Tufts Medical Center, if that helps with location.

Thanks, hounds - it's been a long time since I've posted here!

  1. Science Chick Jun 6, 2011 11:03 AM

    Chau Chow City serves dim sum everyday. Very large third floor room can easily accomodate your party. Excellent quality, focusing more on seafood dim sum. Was just there on Sat.........yum!!! I happen to prefer the carts, rather than ordering off a menu.

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    Chau Chow City
    81 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111

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      ClippyZ Jun 6, 2011 06:28 AM

      Thanks for the quick replies!

      Our party will likely be 10-15.

      And sadly, yes, other than 2 people that have lived in China, we're all Chinatown novices (but with adventurous palates all!)

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        lc02139 Jun 6, 2011 10:15 AM

        With that many people I would go to one of the bigger places, most items have pork and/or shrimp, 3-4 pieces per order, ask for some knifes and forks to cut things in to smaller pieces and grab a few of each item and if enough people like it the next time the cart comes around order some more.
        I think at Hei la Moon you can also order some real dishes off the menu like lo mein or fried rice to satisfy those pickier eaters or to spend less. I forget what the prices are for dim sum, but they are labled sm $3.50?/med $4?/large 5? and are stamped on a card as you order your dish and are added up at the end. Usually less than $14 a person but will depend on what and how many you order.
        Have a great experience

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        gourmaniac Jun 6, 2011 06:09 AM

        weekdays are usually not a problem. You don;t state the number in your party but Winsor has tables that can accommodate 10. IF you can get there a little before 12, you should have no problem, Given that you are a novice (and your guests as well?), one of the big cart places might be more fun. Hei la Moon, or Empire Garden for example.

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        Empire Garden Restaurant
        690 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

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          barleywino Jun 6, 2011 06:24 AM

          If you decide your group is not that adventurous, you can reserve for a large group /large tables at New Shanghai, for lunch specials (both spicy and nonspicy)

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          New Shanghai Restaurant
          21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

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