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Lunar New Year in Chinatown with a mixed group: Go Safe or Adventurous?

NYCKim | Jan 12, 201212:28 PM

I am in a quandary that only a NYC foodie would encounter. Although I am not of Asian heritage I usually acknowledge the Lunar New Year in Chinatown. I worked a block from there for most of my career so I am really spoiled in terms of options and have not been able to eat what I like to call “Plexiglas Chinese Food” for many years now. I love the little hidden places in the neighborhood where all you can really do is point and hope you get something tasty.

BUT I need to decide on a place where I can take a group of about 10 budget minded people for dim sum brunch (so no $50-100 feast thankyouverymuch) who are at varying levels of food appreciation. While I think that having the dim sum the carts adds fun to the process, some of the cart places that I know may seem to dingy and grimy to a few people.

I introduced them to Dim Sum GoGo last year and it was a big hit. Clean and bright without any feet or fins sticking up from the dishes. Not the cheapest, or the most authentic though. The staff was friendly and accommodating and I know the group would be fine with returning there. But like many of you, I’m a food proselytizer. I feel like I need to bring them a little closer to the real experience.

I was considering Golden Unicorn. They do have the carts and the place is done up in bright colors. So I figured that would add to the festive atmosphere of the brunch. They also have duck on the main menu, which was an ingredient in a favorite dim sum cited by one of last year’s participants.(Only Dim Sum GoGo seems to have duck dim sum!)

What do you foodies think? Get off my high dragon and just give the people what they want and take them back to the same place that they already know? Or let them try something new and even cheaper this year even though I know there will be chicken feet in the room & half the group will get lost finding the place?

If you have other Chinatown suggestions I’d also love to hear them. I will do reconnaissance tomorrow and Saturday on any place I don’t already know from a recent experience. THANKS

Dim Sum Go Go
5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

Golden Unicorn
18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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