Dim Sum Villa - New Providence
A friend who used to frequent Dynasty (iirc) on Rt 22 has been saying that the owners were opening up in New Providence; yesterday we finally stopped in for lunch, and I had to post, as I suspect people in that area don't know much about it yet!
While the name cracks me up, the friend I went with is VERY serious about his Chinese food--cooks Szechuan at home, shops in the Asian markets more than regular grocery stores, etc. We were there mid-afternoon on a cold, rainy, Saturday, and were pleased to see that the clientele was a total mix of Asian and non-Asian people--a good sign, imo.
Pork and shrimp shumai were OUTSTANDING, Har Gow (shrimp dumplings) delicious, pork and peanut dumplings good albeit a tad sweet for my taste, and the pork buns were yummy. We also had a fried glutinous dumpling that was very sweet, but wonderful once we dipped it in mustard and chili paste (which I'm guessing isn't the authentic way to eat those...). Finally, we ordered the steamed ribs in black bean sauce, which were made to order as there weren't any on the cart at the time. No evidence of black beans, but they were delicious, porky, fatty, salty nuggets. :-)
We had a light lunch because we had dinner plans already, but based on what we've sampled, it's going to be a go-to in the area.
They (ready?) don't seem to have a website, but the restaurant is a free-standing building in the parking lot of the New Providence Shopping Center at 1260 Springfield Ave (there's an A&P in the same center). Beautiful space, too--a nice bonus.
According to an article I found on nj.com, "The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for lunch; dinner is offered from 5 to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Tuesdays. Call 908-898-0388."
It's sort of beyond me that a restaurant doesn't put up a very basic website with this kind of info, but maybe that's forthcoming.
ETA: Before I get slammed, of COURSE I know how much work goes in to opening a restaurant! I have friends who have done it--but these days, if someone can't find info online FROM THE RESTAURANT...well, don't get me started. :-) /rant
We too had a great meal there.
After eating at the regular run of the mill Chinese restaurants in the area, it was a pleasure to eat at Dim Sum Villa the other evening. I had heard a lot of good things about the restaurant such as they serve dim sum all day every day along with a regular Chinese menu. This is NOT a Szechuan restaurant and while they may have a few spicy dishes most of their food is somewhat bland but very tasty. We started with peanut/pork dumplings and then went on to the family style grouper which was mist and delicious along with lamb with ginger and scallions. The lamb was very tender. Timothy who is the owners father used to own a dim sum restaurant in Greenbrook was there to help guide us through the menu which is extensive. We're looking forward to going back.