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Dim Sum with 3.5 year olds?

Hello! One daughter is having her 40th BD, and has expressed an interest in dim sum brunch on a Saturday AM in April. We'll be 13 people (5 kids, 8 adults) and would like to find somewhere (1) good, and (2) that would take a reservation for a table that large. Kids are pretty omnivorous (will bring emergency chicken fingers) but think we'd do best at a place that will hold a table for a large group, rather than asking four 3.5 year olds (twin sets of cousins) to wait a long time for a table. Any suggestions will be HUGELY appreciated!

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  1. Do you have a budget/price range? Dim sum options vary greatly and some of the more expensive places will reserve tables.

    1. You will have many options. Jing Fong might be your best bet. They handle many school and tour groups and should be able to take a reservation. You might have to go there in person to ensure that though. You should be able to try to get one large table and squeeze in. The earlier you eat the better off everyone will be.

      Nom Wah and Dim Sum Go Go will have trouble putting you at one table.

      Dim Sum Go Go
      http://dimsumgogo.com/
      http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

      Jing Fong:
      http://www.jingfongny.com/
      http://www.nytimes.com/restaurants/10...

      Nom Wah:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/773981
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/768644

      Red Egg
      http://www.chow.com/manhattan_digest/...
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6101...
      http://www.redeggnyc.com/

      Chinatown Dim Sum:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/791416

      Time Out NY Best 12 Best NYC Dim Sum Places:
      http://www.timeout.com/newyork/food-d...

      Serious Eats Food Guide:
      http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/04/gu...

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      1. re: scoopG

        Second Jing Fong.

        Don't know if they take reservations. You put your name on a list and wait at the bottom of the escalator.

        Push cart style. Huge place, family friendly.

        I like Dim Sum Go Go but don't think it is a good fit for your large group. No push carts. Smaller space. More shi shi.

        1. re: financialdistrictresident

          Totally agree on Jing Fong -- great fun with kids!

      2. Golden Unicorn is still very good. Go early though wherever you head

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        1. re: jen kalb

          +1 Golden Unicorn. My dai lo eats there religiously

          1. re: AubWah

            +2 for Golden Unicorn. The best of the chinatown bunch.

        2. Agree with Jin Fong, and you should have no wait there on a Saturday if you get there 11am or before, I would think.

          I will throw Red Egg as the next best bet, as they will take a reservation for that size, I believe. There food is probably slightly better, but without carts the atmosphere is different and the cadence is slower (it is fine, but there isn't the instant gratification of a cart arriving 30 seconds after you sit.)

          1. Thank you all... budget was kind of open, so we are more concerned about wrangling toddlers and not making a complete pain of ourselves with a large group in a restaurant. Jing Fong and others sound good - will check these out. Many thanks and much appreciation!

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            1. re: Nancy C

              when our kids were little (Im saying from babyhood on up) we used to take them for dim sum almost every weekend. The tables are big, with spaces in between so usually you can stick the kids in an inside location so they dont wander off. Its a friendly environment with lots of big family groups and you will not stick out or be a pain, believe me. Going as early as you can is a key to having a more peaceful experience, Hopefully, you will not need those chicken fingers!