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Cathay 22 - does it have dim sum with the carts and all that jazz?

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My wife and I are craving dim sum with some friends on a Sunday but don't want to make the schlep into NYC. Can anyone confirm if Cathay 22 does dim sum or anything comparable to it, on or close to Triple 8 Palace or other Chinatown dim sum?

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  1. Where are you traveling from, South Jersey? If you're willing to travel to Parsippany, there are two options with cart service, as well as menu options.

    Qin Dynasty and Noodle Chu....both on Route 46. I prefer the former to the latter. Sorry, but I have never been to Cathy 22 to help you there.

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    1. re: fourunder

      Union. I wasn't aware Noodle Chu did carts and I didn't know of Qin Dynasty until you mentioned; they're definitely up on our list now. I was just hoping it'd be a major coup scored if there was local dim sum joints right around the block from us.

      1. re: MJPByron

        With regards to Noodle Chu...I find their service to be poor for incidentals, e.g., refilling beverages and asking for condiments.....trying to get a server's attention is almost impossible. As for the food, I find their Dim Sum offerings to be bland. I was just there for dinner this past Friday evening and with the same observation. Personally, I wish they would season a little more aggressively, but I could rectify that myself if there were condiments on the table. Without being to gain the attention of a server complicates the issues even more

        Also, while Qin Dynasty will never win any awards for their decorations and furniture, I find it more pleasant than Noodle Chu....let's just say NC needs a good makeover.

        I will say both have very good Seafood offerings...particularly if you like whole fish, Lobsters and clams..

        Please note, Dim Sum is available at Qin all day if not mistaken....7 days. You can order it off their menu. A call may be prudent to confirm this if you decide to go during the week, instead of the weekend.

        1. re: fourunder

          MJP:

          If you want dim sum cart service near Union, Jade Isle in Scotch Plains is the closest worth recommending. (158 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains) However, the extra twenty minutes it will take you to get to Wonder Seafood in Edison will get you better food, 7 day a week cart service, and still be easier than the trip to Brooklyn or Manhattan.

          1. re: BrianYarvin

            Oh, we've done Jade Isle for regular dinners before and were happy with their preparations on the good ol' generic dragon and '60s Chinese classics. The drinks couldn't be beat, too. But they do carts, though? Definitely good to know.

            1. re: MJPByron

              Jade Isle is one of the strangest Chinese restaurants I've ever seen. On one hand, it's exactly as you describe - old-school Cantonese/American. (A genre much-loved by old-school Chinese restaurant owners.) And on the other, it's an authentic Cantonese restaurant with proper dim sum service aimed at the many Chinese families in the area.

              Inside, on weekend mornings, it works. There are carts and waiters with trays of items too. It's not Wonder Seafood - a fine Cantonese restaurant in a very Chinese part of the state. - but it attracts a nice crowd.

              Of course, if you go on a Saturday morning, you won't get the culture shock of seeing a large northern Chinese family ordering a Pu Pu platter. You can't have everything at once though.

            2. re: BrianYarvin

              Wonder Seafood has dim sum 7 days a week, but it is cart service only on weekends.

      2. Does Cathay 22 have decent food? We recently relocated to Union County from Brooklyn (partner grew up around here) and we are struggling to find decent non-Italian food that doesn't involve a lot of driving (we have a kid who loves to eat but can get car sick). We've driven by Cathay 22 for years but never had the need to try it until now!

        We will definitely check out Jade Isle and the recommendations in Parsippany. Now, if we could only find xiaolongbao, bahn mi and pho in Union County we'd be all set.

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        1. re: LED

          LED:

          There's plenty of great food in central NJ but I can't help you with the driving. It's the biggest negative of all. For xiaolongbao, bahn mi and pho of the quality you're expecting, you'll have to head one county over to Middlesex. Edison - right over the county line - has them all.

          1. re: LED

            Can't help you with xiaolongbao, but I'd kill for some nearby.

            Pho Minh in Linden sells banh mi and pho. There's also Pho Anh Dao on Rt. 1 in Edison, and a couple of other pho joints on Rt. 27. I like Pho Anh Dao best overall but Pho Minh is a lot less of a schlep to get to.

            1. re: MJPByron

              Fabulous dim sum, just like Chinatown, at Dim Sum Dynasty in Ridgewood, NJ. They bring the carts around on Saturdays and Sundays around lunch time. We have not been to Chinatown since we found this place.