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Where to go for dim sum on Saturday morning in San Francisco?

One more question. I want delicious dim sum in SF! We are traveling with kids and staying downtown. I know that there's a great place in Richmond, Ton Kiang, but that's a long haul. I have my eye on Yank Sing, but is it kid-friendly? Anywhere in Chinatown not to miss out on? We are overwhelmed by options and want to eat well!

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  1. I always see families with kids at the Rincon branch of Yank Sing on the weekend. Make a reservation.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I'd second Yank Sing. Ton Kiang's nice, but I did not discern any significant difference in standards between their dim sum items and Yank Sing's.

        1. All Chinese restaurants are kid-friendly, since dining out is very much a family affair for Chinese families. Yank Sing can be expensive, though, so it might not be too wallet friendly if your kids pick some high-priced items off the carts.

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Sometimes expense has it's perks. There is a lot of cheap dim sum but it is the stale whack and serve type of bakery/counter dim sum. It can be good but you have to get up at 6 in the morning.

            When dumplings sit too long in the steamer/warmer trays they get stale. Getting proper hot fresh dumplings can well be worth the extra price.

            1. re: DillMuncher

              There's a huge middle ground between cheap bakery dim sum and Yank Sing, where it's easy to run up a tab of over $30 a person if you're not careful.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Quality has it's price...Cheap bakery dim sum can be good if you get up early for the hot and fresh stuff.

                Still 30$ a person is not all that bad...But I could probably eat 50$ Myself. I love dumplings.

                1. re: DillMuncher

                  How do you say fresser in Cantonese?

                2. re: Ruth Lafler

                  To me $30 for dim sum for one doesn't seem like that much at all, even if I am more familiar with current Mid-West prices. Perhaps it's the amount of food that I like to have to be satisfied when I have dim sum?

                3. re: DillMuncher

                  Ruth's right, there are cheap dim sum places and dumpling shops where everything's fresh and hot.

                  I think Yank Sing's worth the higher cost because the quality is higher. I spend not much over $20 a head unless somebody I'm with still wants one or more of the expensive specials after I point out the price.

              2. I agree with most everyone here about Yank Sing. Clean restaurant, attentive service, good quality food, nice variety of dishes and kid friendly. As long as the price point is not an issue, this is a good choice for a visitor.

                1. Go to Good Mong Kok take out and buy a huge assortment dirt cheap and delicious. Drive to a view point for the Golden Gate and let kids run around while eating their fill. Make sure you have warm and not so warm clothes!

                  You can probably rent a car for the difference in price between authentic cheap dim sum and Yank Sing.

                  1. I'm firmly in the Yank Sing camp. There are a few pricey dishes (Peking duck, sea bass) that can inflate the tab. I average under $30 when I visit and that includes a beer. The place is very kid friendly. Make a reservation for Saturday morning. Be sure to sit inside.

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                    1. re: steve h.

                      I love Yank Sing and a big bonus is that they take reservations.