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I'm headed to chinatown tomorrow with my parents looking for some Dim Sum. My parents are from HK and Beijing. I've never been to the one in NYC before.

After doing some research, I've found a few places that look good:
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
27 Sunshine
Oriental Garden
Hop Shing
9 Chatham Sq

I also see on this board that Dim Sum Go Go and Red Egg seem to be popular, although I've read that alot of people say that Dim Sum Go Go is more americanized. I've seen Nom Wah rated very well on many sites, but from reading the reviews, some people say it is a tourist trap and not many chinese people eat there which isnt a good sign. I hear 27 Sunshine is cheap and Oriental Garden is expensive.

What would you guys recommend? Do all of these places serve dim sum on a wednesday? I'm just looking for "authentic" meaning tastes good, made properly, and fresh, not necessarily decor or carts.

Thanks

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

Oriental Garden
14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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

Red Egg
202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

27 Sunshine
46 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

Hop Shing
9 Chatham Square, New York, NY 10038

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  1. for during the week, I would recommend Nom Wah since they make their dim sum dishes to order.

    Oriental Garden isn't that expensive considering the quality.

    I think the big places(Golden Unicorn, Jing Fong) serve during the week, but not sure how it is.

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    Oriental Garden
    14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

    Golden Unicorn
    18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

    Jing Fong
    18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

    1. First off, if you are reading reviews on Yelp, STOP. Those people don't know what they are talking about (especially if they are complaining that "no carts" is "not authentic"). OG is "expensive" because it's, like, $20pp all in.

      I've heard from many posters on this board who are frequent dim sum eaters that in general, NYC dim sum is stuck in the 80s with its heavy flavors/techniques. You won't find as soon dim sum here as you will in cities like LA and Vancouver, much less Asia.

      Manhattan Chinatown will probably seem cramped and dirty in comparison to HK.

      I actually think Nom Wah would be a good choice, especially if you've read about its history:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/08/din...
      http://www.nytimes.com/restaurants/12...

      Another option is Chinatown Brasserie, a short walk away. Much cleaner, more spacious. It's "expensive" for dim sum, meaning you might pay $30pp instead of $15. CB is located in Noho. Overall, it's good, but pales in comparison to what I've had on the West Coast so keep your expectations in check.

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      Chinatown Brasserie
      380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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

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      1. re: kathryn

        I was reading on google which included Yelp, trip advisor, etc. I know to take reviews I read with a grain of salt, but I figure if there are alot of them, that means something. Yes, I did see some people saying "no carts" = "not authentic" which I found amusing. I'm not very concerned about decor, size. Although if there are roaches and rats crawling all over the place, thats a problem.

        I have heard that NYC chinatown isnt the best dim sum, but I mainly wanted to take them over to canal st. So while we are there, I figured we would eat lunch in chinatown.

        I see the two of you also are recc. Nom Wah so I think I'll go there. I heard some comments that they didnt see many chinese people eating there and it might be a tourist trip which is usually a red flag for me. But that doesnt mean it can't be good.

        Thanks for your advice.

        1. re: lmbgm

          Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Jing Fong are great spots for Dim Sum. I also recommend just walking around Chinatown and grabbing the 5 for $1 dumplings and stopping by Fay Day for great pork buns and other baked goods. Going to Jade Dim Sum in Flushing is a good idea too. Enjoy!

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          Fay Da Bakery
          83 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          Jing Fong
          18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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

          1. re: jenmcee

            ok, Nom Wah it is! Thanks for all of your advice. We will also walk around chinatown and see what they have. I'll check out Fay Day. YELP mentions a Tofu guy (which I think is retired) on Grand St and Bowery and a place to get sponge cake on Baxter St. (New Kam Hing).

            I actually too my parents to flushing on their last visit, I can't remember where we went. They've never been to manhattan which is why we are going to chinatown this time and up canal street for some shopping, although I'm not sure how busy it is on the weekdays. Then up to times square in the afternoon.

            If any of you have any places (food related or not) within walking distance of chinatown or times square worth visiting, I'd appreciate any suggestions. Preferably stuff that is free to see.

            1. re: lmbgm

              Nom Wah may be great for atmosphere and the foos may be good but the best food is at Royal Seafood on Mott

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

      2. For future reference, Dim Sum Go Go is not Americanized. Rather it's modern and consistent with what you see in LA, SF, Vancouver, Toronto. However since there is little modern dim sum in New York, some New Yorkers erroneously equate that with lack of authenticity.
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        Dim Sum Go Go
        5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

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        1. re: Chandavkl

          Excellent -- Thanks for the recommendation. We really enjoyed this place. Had the pea shoot buns and the pork buns and also tried the garlic chicken and dungeoness crab...everything great.

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

        2. Hi. we go to oriental garden. Excellent dim sum worth the price!