Chinatown-L.A. Best Spots for Dim Sum & Bars:
- Hypnotic23 Oct 16, 2013 09:08 AM
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.
My 2 faves in Chinatown:
CBS seafood on spring st (has a parking lot)
Ocean Seafood Restaurant
These are two old school dim sum joints. Nothing fancy, but reasonable prices with standard fare properly executed. Services is always below average, but good tasty dim sum and a cheap bill always makes up for the lack of communication
Lastmeal and Weinermobile, very curious to try Dim Sum at Ocean Seafood based on your recs. In addition, have either of you ever had dinner there, would it be good for a private party?