i was reading through this very helpful and well documented dim sum blog and discovered the v. inexp dimsum and buffet at lexington's Yangtze River, so we went today but got there late.we did miss out on some items, but much of what we had is pictured in the above food blog july/06 entry.
I would say that it was definitely worth the cost, $11.95, but that great or extraordinary it was not. Out of the approx. 12 cart items , I was most impressed by the Pork stuffed eggplant, the Black bean spare ribs (bite size pieces), the Pork Stuffed Tofu.
Out of the approx. 30 buffet items, I was most taken by the Szechuan cucumber spears, the sauteed oval chewy Rice Cakes, the chicken and beef stir frys, the mahogany colored sauteed tofu, the scallion pancake sandwiches filled with Star Anise Beef, and a neat variety of chinese sweets.
service was very attentive and helpful. what was most disappointing was that so many of their cart item fillings tasted identical and their shrimp shu mai was not wonderful.
so many things were not available that make chinatown dim sums memorable: shrimp cake with crispy taro coating, wide rice noodle 'crepes' with shrimp filling, silver noodle, sticky rice packets, duck, eggplant sandwiches with beef filling, deep fried taro balls filled with pork , pork bao, etc.
it seems as if yangtze river has chefs that learned some rudimentary dim sum preparation, but who are really more comfortable with non dimsum cooking. maybe that's why the buffet is so extensive and the dim sum variety is not.
given all that, you can easily find enough items to enjoy yourself and have a diverse feast for MUCH less that if you ordered ala carte(sorry for the pun; i honestly didn't see it until i just saw it!