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in manhattan?

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    1. re: Ttrockwood

      LOL I knew someone would post some links to threads. Amazing that people don't search. However, if it is a real old thread, I think a new thread is better to do.
      Anyway, I'm sticking with the not very well liked Golden Unicorn. I always enjoy the food there.

      1. re: foodwhisperer

        I've really enjoyed red egg yet return to nom wah when i have that craving (regardless of the bickering that goes on about the place)...

      2. re: Ttrockwood

        I think the problem is that on many of those previous discussions re: dim sum in nyc, there are a lot of random and long side conversations. Searching through the muddle to find actual opinions and recommendations for restaurants can be tedious work. (ex, one of those boards, they are arguing about the idea of eating dim sum when one comes from LA or Vancouver, another discusses great places from previous decades that are no longer around.)

        I grew up not around dim sum and have eaten it mainly in Boston and Chicago. If I wanted good food that comes out hot, good variety, and a decent price, what do you suggest? (being super authentic, looking for an interesting atmosphere, and trying the more contemporary takes on the concept are NOT major factors for me).

        I do like the carts, although I know it is more for amateurs like me!

        1. re: linfr21

          Carts are not for amateurs. Go see how many of the people eating at the cart places have probably been eating dim sum for 40 years or more. They aint amateurs. Maybe traditionalists

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            I prefer menu because it always seems fresher/hotter. THe ones who've been eating the same food for the last 40 years may not be CHs :)

                1. re: c oliver

                  the point is, that was funny CH.... oh well

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    That's what I was hoping your point was :) LOL.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Thank goodness ! :) Anyway, I still like the carts. I like hearing the servers yell out stuff and it's immediate gratification when you order. You see it, you get it, you eat it. As opposed to checking off the dishes and waiting. But hey , that's me.

          2. re: linfr21

            Well, as stated above golden unicorn and nom wah are two CHers return to. Cart service, no fancy stuff there. The best advice is to go early!! Do not show up at 2pm and then be disappointed. 11am or so is best, and with a few people so you can order and taste everything that looks good.

            1. re: linfr21

              You unfortunately started one of those awful side conversations.

              To the OP. for menu dim sum I like Dim Sum Go Go, Red Egg. For crazy football field sized cart action I like Jing Fong.

              1. re: MVNYC

                "awful" side conversations are what make the Chowhound world go round. If you want just lists and rankings, check out Yelp or TripAdvisor.

                1. re: MVNYC

                  Is Jing Fong the one that is one the second floor? We ate there once and I was underwhelmed.

                  Red Egg sounds great but, whew, is it ever expensive.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Red Egg has half-priced dim sum at happy hour (4-7, I think), which is the only time I go there. Eat your weight in dumplings and have enough cash left over for a cocktail.

                    1. re: small h

                      Ooh, you just got MY attention! I don't think I've ever had dim sum later than 10AM but I'm totally up for this. So much food, so little time :)

                      1. re: c oliver

                        It's the only kind of breakfast for dinner I can get behind. But don't expect too much - it's good dim sum, not spectacular. I think Dim Sum Go Go is better, food-wise.

                        1. re: small h

                          Well, we may just stick with Flushing. Thanks, s h.

                    2. re: c oliver

                      The food is not the best. I usually take tourists there who are not necessarily dim sum aficionados. The room itself is so large and full of energy that it makes it fun for someone who's never experienced it.

                      1. re: MVNYC

                        Thanks for that observation. We just want to suck on some chicken feet :)

                        1. re: MVNYC

                          I used to take tourists to Jing Fong, but I think the multilevel banquet hall at Golden Unicorn is the better "New York experience." I haven't been in over a year, but I remember the dim sum being ok.

                          1. re: JungMann

                            That's a good call too, maybe I'll switch it up next time.

                        2. re: c oliver

                          I had shrimp at Jing Fong ( har gow) with really bad taste to it, so I don't go back.

                  2. I would wager it's the single most frequently asked question on this board. Check out Ttrockwood's links.

                    1. hahahaha … thanks all … will check a couple out … I would invite you but CH warned me not to use these forums of organizing eat meets ... …

                      all the side comments is to be expected … folks are illogically passionate about food just like any other human vice like sex and drugs .. hence the reason y'all here, no?:)

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                      1. I've only eaten dim sum once in NY (at Jing Fong), though I've been dragged to it a few times in Hong Kong. Which is to say, I'd be glad to be dragged to it in NY too.

                        However, do the places in NY pull the same hours as those in their homeland? Say, I vaguely recall eating at 6am somewhere in Tsim Sha Tsui, so is that also possible by Canal St./Flushing/Sunset Park? Courtesy of the MTA, I'm willing to go early.

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                        1. re: BuildingMyBento

                          Most places open by 10-10:30. IIRC, only Hop Shing opens at 7 AM.