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Dec 6, 2011 04:22 AM

What to eat at Pacificana?

We went to Pacificana last year, dim sum Newbies. We were the only non-Asians in the room, and the servers weren't helping us with our selection. Needless to say, we didn't choose that well.

We're going back, though. We know in theory you should select whatever looks interesting to you, but that didn't work last time.

Any suggestions for must-haves, or basics for us---we're going to be four people.

Also, would you suggest East Harbor, or somewhere else for a Saturday afternoon?

813 55th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

East Harbor
714 65th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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  1. Try this link:

    It's a slideshow of common things to eat dim sum. I usually take non-Asians to dim sum, but I do most of the ordering/pointing/asking/grabbing. I also like a good crispy taro cake and eggplant if it's not covered in batter.

    If I recall correctly, East Harbor had pretty good har gow (xia jiao, or shrimp dumplings) as well as cheung fan (chang fen, or rice rolls) as well as a steamed sticky rice with chicken in bamboo leaves that was pretty tasty. Don't get the first two if they don't look fresh (gummy wrappers are death), but they were great the last time we were there.

    1. Get the clams.

      We preferred East Harbor, following years of Pacificana. Greater variety, better service, most servers spoke rudimentary English and could tell us what was on their carts.