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swannee Jul 9, 2011 05:40 AM

I seldom go for Dim Sum anymore, but have out of towners who are clamoring for it tomorrow. To show how long it's been for me, I used to like the late Nice Restaurant on E. Broadway.... Any suggestions? The only place I've been to lately (by invitation) was Jing Fong which I never much liked. Is the new incarnation of Nam Wah any good--and is it really Dim Sum (with the carts)? I think this is part of the experience my guests are craving.

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Jing Fong
18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. sgordon Jul 9, 2011 08:32 AM

    Nom Wah doesn't do carts. The food is good, if a fairly standard menu. Very cute place, though.

    Current favorites for food are Oriental Garden and Ping's, the former a little more traditional, the latter a bit more modern.

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    Oriental Garden
    14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

    Ping's
    22 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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

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      fourunder Jul 9, 2011 08:50 AM

      The one thing I know about Dim Sum from reading this board.......there is no consensus on what is best, good or bad. Everyone has different tastes and expectations.

      Oriental Garden doesn't get much love or respect here on Chowhound, but I can tell you every person I have ever taken there has liked it. Jing Fong can be hit or miss due to the selection of items at any particular instance, but overall, guest were always fascinated by the sheer size of the selections, offerings and experience.. I find the smaller tea parlors almost always to have weaker selection of items available.

      I suggest you go to both for a visual inspection and let your guests decide for themselves.....this will take the onus off of you, or more appropriately, the angst of having to decide where is best. if not mistaken, OG has both /servers passing/cart service and the option of ordering directly off of a menu.

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      Oriental Garden
      14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

      Jing Fong
      18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

    2. Chandavkl Jul 9, 2011 01:06 PM

      For tourists I still think Jing Fong makes the best impression. Otherwise, not having tried the new Nam Wah, I'd continue to recommend Dim Sum Go Go, Red Egg, and perhaps the dim sum section of Full House Cafe on Bowery (which makes up only a small part of their total menu).

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

      Jing Fong
      18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

      Red Egg
      202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

      Full House Cafe
      97 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

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        kathryn Jul 9, 2011 01:11 PM

        NB: Dim Sum Go Go and Red Egg don't do carts, what about Full House Cafe on Bowery?

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

        Red Egg
        202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

        Full House Cafe
        97 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

        1. re: kathryn
          Chandavkl Jul 9, 2011 01:35 PM

          Full House Cafe is a Hong Kong style cafe, as opposed to a dim sum restaurant, but which has something like three dozen dim sum choices included on their menu. The few dim sum items I've had there were as good as anywhere else in Chinatown.

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          Full House Cafe
          97 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

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