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Oct 7, 2011 09:58 PM

Great Dim Sum == Great Dinner??

The family and I (2 &2) will be in the Monterey Park area for dinner Saturday night. Is it a safe bet to head for the highly recommended Dim Sum places in Monterey Park or is there some other restaurant that might be better once the sun sets please?


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  1. Sorry dim sum not served for dinner.

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    1. re: PeterL

      I think the question is whether a good dim sum place also has good dinner. The answer is usually yes.

      1. re: cartbaby

        Thank you cartbaby -- that's what I meant. Sorry for the confusion!

    2. No.

      Some places that are good for dim sum (e.g. New Capital) are sort of disgusting at dinner.

      For dinner, if you are inclined to go to a place that serves dim sum during the day, would be Elite, Sea Harbour and 888. For dinner at non-dim sum places, try Newport Seafood or Seafood Village.

      Newport Seafood Restaurant
      4411 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

      New Capital
      8823 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Thanks ipsedixit! We tried Elite at long last and it seemed practically dinner-plated, so that's part of the reason I figured... appreciate the suggestions.

        1. re: aliris

          Ya gotta give us a report of you had!

          1. re: aliris

            Grrr... 4 tries to reply and counting; pls excuse brevity! Any particular place to recommend for takeaway dinner on Atlantic? Plans have changed! Many thanks....

            1. re: aliris

              Capital Seafood, NBC Seafood or Ocean Star, assuming no banquets in progress.

              NBC Seafood Restaurant
              404 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

              1. re: Chandavkl

                Chandavkl, do you recommend Empress Harbour for dinner or dim sum over Ocean Star next door?

                1. re: granadafan

                  Empress Harbour has gone a bit downhill in the last few years. It's okay, but there are certainly better places (Elite, NBC, 888, etc.)

              2. re: aliris

                I'm not quite sure I understand. Are you looking for a place that will offer takeout? If so, any Chinese restaurant will offer takeout. But not all foods taste as good when you have a takeout as opposed to eating it there.

                1. re: raytamsgv

                  Thanks all -- I was rarely in that neighborhood and thought I'd like to have what it does so well - Chinese food. At first I wondered whether the famous dim sum places might be similarly impressive for menu items. I gather sometimes, sometimes-not.

                  Unfortunately none of the places mentioned for non-dim sum dinner would take a take-away order over the phone. They needed us to arrive and place the order which they would pack up. Fair enough, but not possible for us yesterday, so sadly, we had to leave with no Chinese Food. Another day. Thanks for the recommendations.

                  1. re: aliris

                    >>They needed us to arrive and place the order which they would pack up.<<

                    If you could wedge in 10-15 minutes wait time once the food is ordered, you're good to go. Most places are pretty fast - I think 10 minutes is the norm.