After years of loyalty to Pacificana for dim sum in Sunset Park's Chinatown, we decided a change of venue was appropriate. So, we made our first visit to East Harbor, the other Dim Sum emporium in Sunset Park. East Harbor is a giant hall seating, perhaps, 300 guests at tables for four, eight or twelve. In addition, there are a number of rooms for private groups and "VIPs"
Upon entering, you get a number and wait until your number is called, in Cantonese, to be seated. Several other guests waiting to be seated helped us be aware when our number was called (waiting time on Sunday at 1 PM: 30 minutes).
Like any other dim sum restaurant, servers circulate with carts replete with all manner of dim sum. Menus were left on our table to enable us to order other dishes (we chose not to, but several families seemed to be ordering from the menu as well as selecting from the carts).
The variety of dim sum was great, many servers spoke the rudiments of English, enabling us to know exactly what was being presented. Having been told that the clams and the squid were both excellent, we asked one server to send that cart our way. Five minutes later, both were brought to our table. We asked another server for a plate of sauteed greens and, again five minutes later, delicious sauteed bok choy arrived. Both the clams and the squid were magnificent.
Gao, bao, congee, rice noodle rolls, lotus leaf wrapped rice,rolls and cakes of tremendous variety were offered, as were the usual assortment of sweets. Service was excellent and the four of us had approximately 12 plates, including the special order bok choy, for $46. Highly recommended.
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