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Dim Sum on Sunday need a place with reservations

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I am taking 12 people ranging in age from 2.5 to 85 to dim sum at noon this Sunday. (It's not my idea.) Based on those ages a reservation would be nice.

I know Philly isn't as good as NYC or SF so don't worry.

Having read the range of opinions on the the major dim sum joints in Chinatown I am undecided. I thought the reservation options could be a good limiter.

Any ideas?

Thank you in advance.

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  1. Jelly glad your expectations are not too high. But if you want reservations, you probably should consider Joy Tsin Lau. Ocean Harbor is the other main place for dim sum, but they do not take reservations. Neither place makes the best dim sum, as dim sum garden and sakura produce superior food, but both are small, and its a la carte, rather than tradition dim sum trolleys.

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    1. re: cwdonald

      i had sunday morning dim sum at joy tsin lau a few months ago. they used carts.
      we got there around when it opened, and sat right away. it didn't *look* like they were taking reservations, given how many people were waiting when we left, but i didn't ask.

    2. Following up on cwdonald expectations comments, Imperial Inn does takes reservation for that #.

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      1. re: ken from conshy

        Ken thanks for reminding us about Imperial Inn. its been quite a while since I have been there, but should not have forgotten about it.

      2. Thank you all. I love Dim Sum Garden but it is way to small for a table of 13 and has that bus issue. I think my family will be fine with Imperial or Joy Tsin Lau. Is Imperial Inn significantly better?

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        1. re: jellybell

          No, the quality has gone downhill there over the last half year according to my friend whose family has been going there for the last decade. I'd recommend JTL over Imperial Inn although the food there isn't that great either.

        2. Any opinions on Ocean City?