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Oct 31, 2013 10:28 AM

Late night in Monterey Park/Alhambra?

Hi, any chowhound worthy options for dinner after a show at the Luckman on Saturday? Preferably NOT dim sum but I realize that's limiting our options. Thanks!

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  1. No one eats dim sum after 3 p.m. No one serious, anyway.

    When does the show end?

    I would say drive down east on Valley as you're leaving the CSULA campus and hit up just about any joint past Atlantic Blvd. and before you reach Rosemead.

    Some notable joints would be Tasty Garden, Boat House, Phoenix Inn, Chengdu Taste, New Bay Seafood.

    And depending on when last call is at the Luckman, you might have to wait a good 30 or 40 minutes for a table if your group is large.

    Enjoy your evening. Hope you get some ...

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Shows you what I know about dim sum :) Thanks for the recs. Show ends no later than 10pm, we're just 4 people so Valley sounds like a good bet.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        IIRC chengdu taste closes at 10pm

        1. re: barryc

          Just extended hours from 11am to midnight straight through, no siesta:

          1. re: PeterCC

            in that case, add chengdu taste to old country cafe & 101 noodle express as potential recommendations. thanks.

            actualy, i'd put CT at the top of the list.

      2. Tasty Garden, but only the original location in Alhambra on Valley Bl.

        1. Where's Luckman ? on the CSU campus ?

          How about Seafood Village, the one in Montery Park is open till midnight if I'm not mistaken.

          That should gt teh ball rolling.

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          1. re: kevin

            :( I miss that area.. I graduated from CSULA in 92

            1. re: ilysla

              Tons, if not all are generally open past 2AM. Garden Cafe and Tasty Garden are next to each other on Valley in Alhambra, go west more on Valley and again lots of options.

              1. re: ilysla

                J J Cafe on Garvey in Monterey Park for sure, if you don't mind rubbing shoulders with Asian gangbangers. I'm surprised they bother to close at 4 am.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  JJ Cafe to me is probably the lowest on the totem pole in terms of quality and service...yet I always find myself being dragged there by friends looking for late night HK-cafe grub. I hate myself every time I'm there. I'm having flashbacks to that one Last Supper print they have on their wall...the one with Elvis and Marlyn Monroe...

                  1. re: Xan7hos


                    do you hate yourself less when it's KT, Garden, Sunday Bistro or Baccali? Cuz I don't.

                    1. re: TonyC

                      Haha I definitely don't enjoy HK cafe food as much as I did in my youth...more or less how I feel about many American diners...not a lot of love in the cooking. I think the one I do like despite having a relatively bad location is Ish Kitchen in Rosemead

                      1. re: Xan7hos

                        Ish is cantonese run, but far from a typical "hk cafe"

                        1. re: blimpbinge

                          I'll concede you are absolutely correct

                          1. re: Xan7hos


                            their happy hr ain't bad either! You're right that their secluded location kills them.

                            My group was the only was there for the first 2 hours of their dinner service on a friday. It started getting busy the moment the clock hit 7 though

                2. If you're into drinks I recommend Spirit House in Monterey Park, located on the second floor of the Lincoln Plaza Hotel. Not sure when last call is for the kitchen but it should be pretty late...pan-Asian gastropubby style food.

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                  1. re: Xan7hos

                    thanks, drinks are definitely a factor :)

                    1. re: waferthin

                      For what it is (the few if only? bar in Monterey Park) it has a really great feeling. The last time I went I had a great experience (not to hype it up) jazz band, outdoor patio with fire pit, ridiculously high # of beer selection, especially Japanese oddly enough, cocktails inspired by Asian ingredients, and the food is definitely on the funner side