We moved to Queens last November, and after several good meals at Gum Fung for dim sum brunch, decided to try Fay Da after reading the reviews on this board. The place was packed at noon this past Sunday, which we took to be a good sign. We had to wait for a table in the upstairs dining room, but a few minutes later, the manager told us we could be seated downstairs. We were a little suspicious as to why there was a wait upstairs if there was room downstairs, but decided to check it out. There were plenty of people downstairs, and besides a lack of windows, it seemed the same as the upstairs dining room, so we decided to sit there.
There were ladies with carts, and also ladies bringing stuff over on trays. Everything we took off a tray was not hot and seemed like it was leftover from a previous cart run, which was annoying. And of course, it's difficult to complain because it's hard to find someone who will understand English. There also seemed to be much less variety in the dim sum than Gum Fung and you could not get anything made to order. While we didn't eat anything horrible, the leftover stuff on the trays annoyed us. The service also wasn't as good as Gum Fung -- with the upstairs/downstairs dining rooms, things just seemed much more disorganized and harried.
Am I missing something here? Just wondering what exactly got raves at Fay Da over Gum Fung. Also, we're confused about what East Manor is. We saw East Buffet and East Lake further down on Main Street -- is East Manor another place, and if so, where is it? Is that also worth checking out?