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Dim Sum, from George Parkanyi

December 23, 2009 |

 Dim Sum – it sounds so stern, and fiduciary. (Canada’s Auditor-General to the Royal Canadian Mint, who this year lost track of $10M worth of gold: “I take a very dim sum of this.”)

Yet, one finds oneself desiring an exceptional dim sum experience on one’s upcoming Christmas vacation to New York City, and was wondering if anyone here has had such exceptional experience recently, and would be forthcoming with some useful intelligence on the matter. (Translation: does anyone know where to get good dim sum in New York?).

Yishen Kuik comments:

There isn't any good dim sum in New York City. The nearest place to get good dim sum would be in Vancouver or London.*

However, Chinatown Brasserie by Great Jones Way & Lafayette is a decent choice. While it is apparently Westernized on the outside, the chef inside, Joe Ng, is quite competent.

* Why is this, you might ask. Dim sum is found all over China but reaches its apogee with the Cantonese in Hong Kong. Like all other art, the best examples flourish with proximity to wealthy patronage. Prior to 1997, many wealthy Cantonese secured second passports and homes in Canada and Great Britain as insurance. Thus they brought the discerning patronage necessary to sustain top flight dim sum to Vancouver and Toronto.


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  1. Jack J Jones on December 23, 2009 9:36 pm

    It may be a little closer, in Portland, Oregon. there's a terrific Dim Sum spot. Legin Restaurant near the corner of 82nd Ave and Division. I've been to Vancouver, BC and this is as good as any I've had. Not an expert, but I sure do know good stuff. This is good stuff.

  2. Josh on December 24, 2009 12:58 pm

    Vegetarian Dim Sum House
    24 Pell St, New York, NY (in Chinatown)

    My Chinese friends tell me that I am crazy for wasting my time eating vegetarian dim sum, but I like it. This is high quality dim sum and I have seen the chef prepare special dishes for his friends, so try to be nice to the staff and they might do the same for you. Bean curd dim sum was very good, so were snow pea leaves, vegetarian “pork” buns, and sweet red bean with tapioca.

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