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I will only have time for 1 meal in NYC and I'm struggling to choose.

Price is not a factor, but I don't want anything too stuffy or a particularly long meal.

I'm leaning towards Asian because it's tough for me to get great Asian food at home, but would be open to other suggestions as well.

I will be there on Sunday so Dim Sum is an option.

What about Joe's Shanghai? I have never been and heard great things. Are all of the locations comparable?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.

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  1. Joe's Shanghai is a tourist trap. Dim sum is good for groups but not solo diners.

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    1. re: AubWah

      Will be with my wife

    2. ko

      If 3+ hours at lunch at ko is too long, then maybe brunch at ssäm bar?

      1. You might want to consider the Ssam bar:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/920361
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/783956
        http://momofuku.com/new-york/ssam-bar/

        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...

        Also for dim sum there is Red Farm to consider with two locations that are not in Chinatown.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/807322
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/931161
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919678

        There are better options than Joes Shanghai. I think 456 has the best soup dumplings in Chinatown now, with Shanghai Heping a close second.

        456:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/770707

        Shanghai Heping
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841090

        Shanghai Café Deluxe
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/769840
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/704166
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/583263

        1. The full dim sum experience is not Manhattan's strongest suit. You can get terrific dumplings at Red Farm, but you'd still have a better experience on the West Coast.

          We do have a growing number of modern Southeast Asian restaurants like Pig & Khao, Aux Epices or Kin Shop that have Sunday hours as well as traditional restaurants like Zabb Elee, Xi'an Famous Foods or Somtum Der that can do a quick lunch if you are in a rush. Szechuanese, ramen and sushi are other strong categories to search on the boards if those cuisines appeal to you.

          1. Joe's Shanghais is awful.

            If you're looking to do Sunday dim sum, go to Hakkasan. They have the best dim sum in NYC.

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            1. re: Pookipichu

              I like Hakkasan's dim sum but I think the OP is from Miami -- there's a branch there.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Yes I am from Miami.

                What about Miss Korea?

                1. re: SobeChower

                  Do yourself a favor-Go to Goanurri!!!!