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Where Can I Find the Best and Most Authentic HK Dim Sum?

TripleAxel Jul 11, 2013 11:15 AM

Visiting from the LA (where I regularly dine in Chinese Central, aka San Gabriel Valley), I want to try the best Chinese food, especially dim sum, that NYC has to offer. Love to make the comparison... Any recommendations?

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    Pookipichu Jul 11, 2013 06:05 PM

    The dim sum at Hakkasan is the best in NYC. Their chili dipping sauce has flavor, a decent kick and heat (although they've toned it down from their opening when it was REALLY spicy and even better)

    1. scoopG Jul 11, 2013 01:00 PM

      Your best three options in Manhattan are:

      Hakkasan:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/857196
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/842135

      Red Egg:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/905126

      Red Farm:
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/09/red-farm-chinese-american-dumplings-west-village-nyc-opening-review.html
      http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

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        Chandavkl Jul 11, 2013 09:13 PM

        Agree 100 percent with scoopG. There is no New York equivalent of Sea Harbour, Elite, Lunasia, King Hua, Happy Harbor, etc. Hakkasan is obviously your best choice, but it's coming to LA in 2 months. Red Farm is very good, but it's in West Village and is quite expensive, probably comparable to WP24 in cost. Red Egg is probably a good cut below Mission 261.

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          Lau Jul 15, 2013 10:48 AM

          agree with chandavkl, i wouldn't waste your time except at Hakkasan

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            TripleAxel Jul 20, 2013 05:51 PM

            I'm looking forward to Hakkasan when it opens here in LA. I forgot to check back here while I was in NYC, and ended up going to East Harbor Seafood in Brooklyn, where Anthony Bourdain ate back in a 2009 episode of No Reservations. It was good, but not as good as Sea Harbour nor Elite, and the har gow was just overcooked as the shrimp was quite firm to the bite. However, I love the beef offals they served (tripe, intestine, smelt) as the tripe was so tender, it almost melted in my mouth.

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              Lau Jul 20, 2013 05:56 PM

              ahh yah, ive never actually eaten there, so i can't comment on it

              next time try poon kee in the city, their tripe is as good as what you get in HK
              https://www.lauhound.com/2011/03/poon...

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                Chandavkl Jul 20, 2013 09:28 PM

                Thanks for the report. Brooklyn is a little of my path and I was really wondering how East Harbor Seafood compared to some of the California places.

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                  Chandavkl Jul 20, 2013 09:32 PM

                  Once upon a time we would head to New York in search of better Chinese food than we could get in Los Angeles. That time has passed, but it's still nice to check back and keep our finger on the pulse of New York Chinese food.

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                    bearmi Aug 16, 2013 03:46 PM

                    TripleAxel, do you think East Harbor has better dimsum than LA (minus the beef offals since I usually don't order that dish)?

                    I agree with others about Hakkasan, where I visited last month when I went back to NY. The dim sums were well prepared and the service was great too! I actually liked the food at the Red Farm (it's sort of "fusion" in a way) but the ambiance is not as good as Hakkasan. Seating was cramped and I didn't like the communal table at the Red Farm.

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                      TripleAxel Aug 16, 2013 04:28 PM

                      No. East Harbor is very good for old school dim sum. Sea Harbour and Koi Palace in Daly City rock when it comes to new style dim sum.

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                        TripleAxel Aug 16, 2013 04:30 PM

                        However, I do need to try Red Farm the next time I'm out there, and try dim sum in Flushing. Just didn't have enough time to try out as much as I wanted to.

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                          bearmi Aug 16, 2013 05:10 PM

                          Thanks for the feedback. I prefer new style dim sum so I think I will like Sea Harbour better. If you are in NYC next time, try to go to Red Farm and let us know what you think of it. I have to say not everything is good but their dim sum items are generallyof good quality. The chef tends to make the dim sums in animal shapes so they are really cute to look at. I am sure you have seen them on-line.

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                            Chandavkl Aug 16, 2013 09:33 PM

                            Thumbs up for Red Farm. Too bad they don't have a very extensive menu and particularly not much dim sum. The departed predecessor Chinatown Brasserie had a wider dim sum selection.

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                              Chandavkl Aug 16, 2013 09:42 PM

                              Flushing dim sum is quite a bit better than Manhattan Chinatown. Still you're talking quality in the Ocean Star/888/NBC/East Gourmet caliber.

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                          TripleAxel Jul 20, 2013 06:14 PM

                          Thanks everyone for your responses and suggestions! I love how I posted this in Manhattan and still get responses from Los Angelinos! LOL

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                            bearmi Aug 16, 2013 03:48 PM

                            Thanks for the input, Chandavkl. I will have to post on the LA board to solicit for your advice on where to go for Dim Sum. I have been to Sea Harbour many times and still couldn't find an equivalent restaurant in the NYC area.

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                              Lau Aug 16, 2013 06:29 PM

                              there is not an equivalent fyi, hakkasan is the closest

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                                Chandavkl Aug 16, 2013 09:41 PM

                                For that matter there's no equivalent to Elite, Lunasia, King Hua, or even Mission 261, which are a cut below Sea Harbour.

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                                  ipsedixit Aug 16, 2013 09:46 PM

                                  I'm not sure Hakkasan is the same *type* of restaurant that Sea Harbour is.

                                  Not saying one is necessarily better (or worse) than the other; rather, that they are different enough that most comparisons -- aside from the most general -- would probably be inapt.

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                              foodwhisperer Aug 16, 2013 08:45 PM

                              Scoop Hakkasan seems interesting , i checked out their website and their menu. I will definitely check it out. It looks pretty fancy and I hope one can dress casually.
                              You list 3 places, I'm hoping you think Hakkasan is better than the other two. I don't like Red Egg much at all. Red Farm I didn't like the management's attitude there and they are not very accommodating to single diner.

                            3. Cheeryvisage Jul 11, 2013 12:00 PM

                              The best quality dim sum comparable to Hong Kong's hotels can be found at Hakkasan in Midtown.

                              1. Monica Jul 11, 2013 11:24 AM

                                According to many Chinese friends, you have to go to Flushing for good Chinese food now...even Brooklyn has better Chinese food in general than Manhattan.

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