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Need Dim Sum tutorial so don't make an idiot of myself w/ new stepson

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Need Dim Sum tutorial so don't make an idiot of myself w/ new stepson

beethoven | Apr 16, 2010 11:10 PM

Years ago I used to live in the Hudson Valley and would take the Metronorth commuter down to NYC for dim sum with a friend who spoke six different Chinese dialects.

I don't know where we went, I couldn't read the menu, the storefront, or the street signs.
He'd chat with the waiters and amazing food would appear. People in chef's gear, not waiters, would come out of the kitchens with little plates of things that never seemed to show up on the bill.

I never knew what I was eating but jeez was it good.

Okay, so now I have a part time teenage stepson in the Boston area and we want to go out for dim sum. I'm an adventurous eater and he's starting to discover that he is, so we'd rather not stick to the "safe" things that probably get recommended to anyone who looks like a white-anglo-saxon-jewish/protestant-tourist.

Where should we go? What day/time of day?
What should we be sure to try/avoid?
What dumb questions should we not ask?

Feel free to pile on all sorts of conflicting opinions!

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