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Dim sum birthday party?

rebeccact | Feb 23, 2012 05:01 PM

Hi wonderful hounds,

I want to get some friends together for my birthday, and I thought dim sum would be really fun, but I need your advice to make the best possible plan. In case it affects your advice, I would imagine the group could be anywhere from 8-20 people, depending on how much my friends actually like me. :)

My birthday falls on a Tuesday, so my first thought after reading this board was to have dinner at Winsor. However, I am worried our group will be too large (because Winsor doesn't take reservations and is quite small), and as far as I know there aren't a lot of back up weekday evening dim sum options if we get there and it's crowded. Do you think Winsor will have room for say, 10-12 on a random Tuesday at 6:30 or 7? Is there a back up place we could go either dim sum or something else authentic and delicious around Chinatown?

My second thought is to make a reservation at Hei La Moon for the previous Sunday around lunch time. I figure that way, we won't wait despite being in prime dim sum time (I am assuming Winsor would not be able to seat us then) and I won't have to worry about having a larger group. Would this be a good alternative?

I have never actually had dim sum in Boston's Chinatown, though I have had it elsewhere (Gitlo's, other cities). Is the food substantially different between the two places I mentioned? Another plan/place I should not overlook?

Thanks so much!
Rebecca

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