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Chinese food for a visiting NYer

With a few qualifications.

Looking for a place for Sun. nite that will be v. distinctive from Chinese food in NY. Don't really care about which region it's from. BUT I'm traveling with my 77 year-old mom who tires easily and we're staying by Fisherman's Wharf (i know, I know); ideally, I'd like to be able to get to the restaurant by public transportation that's not too strenuous.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. There's nothing like Jai Yun in NY, or anywhere else. 30 Stockton trolley bus.

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    Jai Yun
    680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    9 Replies
    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I will second that. But Jai Yun would be better if there were more people. I have never attended with that few people.

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      Jai Yun
      680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      1. re: yimster

        I strongly disagree, there's no advantage to going to Jai Yun with more than two. In fact, in my experience, two people get more food per person for the same money than larger groups (one of the place's numerous eccentricities). More details from a discussion last month:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7852...

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        Jai Yun
        680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          i used to go by myself (seems they won't accommodate single diners anymore.)

          they served me ~16 dishes for dinner and ~7-8 dishes for lunch.

          so i'd strongly recommend jai yun, even for only two people.

          1. re: Dustin_E

            It's very hard at most Chinese restaurants, with two people, to have more then 4 dishes. Especially an unfamiliar restaurant. Thus, Jai Yun seems superlative for two people, since you get more-smaller dishes.

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            Jai Yun
            680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          2. re: Robert Lauriston

            Robert you are right about the small dishes for two is the same as for four but it maybe too much starter dishes for two. Where four maybe be better. But I have never went with two but I will need to try a meal for you.

            1. re: yimster

              I've mostly gone with two. Small or large parties, I've never thought there was too much food.

              1. re: yimster

                yimster: are you saying that for two people the ratio of starter (cold) dishes to main dishes at jai yun is too high, or the overall amount of food is too high? i might agree with the former.

                1. re: Dustin_E

                  It has been years since I have been to Jai Yun but in the past I have like the hot entree offer as a high point in the chef tasting menu and for two then the ratio of cold dishes to hot dishes would be on the high side. But Robert is right the small cold dishes are the same for any meal and you get more cold dishes to enjoy with fewer people but I have like to go with four but I am plan to go with two soon.

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                  Jai Yun
                  680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                  1. re: Dustin_E

                    The ratio of cold dishes to hot doesn't vary with the number of people in your party. It might vary a bit among the higher price points.