Oh, Sweet & Tart Cafe, where have you been in my life??? I've seen this place on Mott St. for the past couple of years, of course (and aren't they a branch of a place in Queens?) but have always had a policy of avoiding the nouvelle young hipster Chinese joints...
Definitely the best dim sum I've had in ages. Beats anything at Golden Unicorn, Triple Eight, Nice Restaurant, Jing Fong or Silver Palace... certainly way better than KB Barbecue in Flushing, Captain King (at its best) in Elmhurst or Jade Plaza in Sunset Park.
every dish was perfectly fresh... the best turnip cakes I've ever had, one of my fave dim sum dishes... wonderful minced pork congee, FRIED shanghai buns that were light and crisp beyond belief, an assortment of dumplings that mixed shrimp, pork and crunchy bitter greens, steamed pork buns that had the non-sweet pork filling I used to love in the old Mei Lai Wah "combination buns" (pork, hard-boiled egg and hot dog, sadly no longer available) WITH mustard greens in a small and light steamed wrapping completely differenet from anything you get in any of the bakeries or coffee shops.
I was so thrilled with my Saturday morning meal that I was ready to go back Sunday morning. Normally I insist on the atmospheric magic of dim sum on carts, but after experiencing the devastating freshness of dim sum ordered off the menu, I think I'm gonna convert.