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Dim Sum

Lici | Jul 22, 200609:43 PM

Today my SO and I took an out of town guest to Chinatown for the Dim Sum experience. After scouring this website we narrowed it down to either Jing Fong or 88 Palace. Now, I've never had a great experience at Jing Fong, but the SO has, so being that we've never been to 88 Palace and wanted something very fun and different we went to Jing Fong. When we arrived, the doors were open but the lights were off. Closed for health violations. So we headed over to 88 Palace. While it's tucked away under the Manhattan bridge, it's relatively easy to find and the interior is better than that of Jing Fong once you take the escalator upstairs, especially the outrageous chandeliers. We were one of 2 non-asian tables, typically a good sign, imo. The Dim Sum was by cart and all seemed very fresh and tasty. They also had a little buffet area where you could go and pick out other things, but we didn't try that. We had shumai, dumplings, pork buns, various other interesting things, and something like a sweet pork bun, but more hallow on the inside... all very good. Total was $20 for 3 people. Though I haven't tried any other dim sum places in that area besides Jing Fong (and never going there again) I'd highly recommend it to others, for atmosphere, food and experience.

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