After years of being loyal to Pacificana for dim sum, we started to go to East Harbor about a year or so ago. On a Sunday, there can be up to an hour wait at either place, but we just found the quality of offerings and the range of offerings to be a bit better at East Harbor.
We returned yesterday and had what we thought was our finest lunch at East Harbor. For whatever reason, the wait was just five minutes.
In addition to the usual selections of gao (including delicious har gow), bao, congee, lotus-leaf wrapped rice, cakes, buns and sweets, we really enjoyed their salt-baked octopus and their clams in a glutinous soy-based sauce. A sweet roll filled with still-warm black sesame paste was the best sweet item we've ever had at a dim sum lunch.
We were lucky enough to have a server who was learning English, asked us for the English name of several food items, complimented my wife and son and generally made the time spent more pleasant (anglicized, his name is Leo, although I thing his name is more like Li Hua).
East Harbor is a lively place to enjoy dim sum, with large tables filled with both Chinese and American guests. Service is excellent, as is the food.
Dim sum for 6, with more than enough plates for everyone, was $71.