Chinatown-L.A. Best Spots for Dim Sum & Bars:
I wanted to open up a new discussion since its been near 10 years since I explored the L.A. Chinatown downtown.
Would love some suggestions for tasty Dim Sum as well as some fun bars to stop in for a drink?
Thank you in advance
Tough to put the two together. The now-shuttered Empress Pavilion did a respectable dim sum but now all the places are on the low-end as far as I know.
I have a weakness for the dim sum at Won Kok but only after 2am. It's not objectively good but I love the scene after the bars close. Just shu mai, har gow and tea please.
As far as bars go - Hop Louie is fun if you can get over the surly bartender. Has a good jukebox. Do not eat there under any circumstances.
Plum Tree Inn has a pleasant and affordable bar. I looked on their menu and there is no dim sum.
Grand Star can be fun depending on the night. Usually a hip-hop scene and I guess Starry Kitchen is doing or just did a pop-up there. If you don't want to dance it probably won't be much fun.
And if you're there on a Saturday around 7pm you can always cadge free drinks at the galleries on Chung King Rd. Usually the best way to kick off a Chinatown night.