I've been doing some research, reading through the boards ... i've not ever had memorable dim sum in NYC, everyone says it's in Calfornia. on this board, most people lament that it's better in LA. i had tasty dim sum in Hong Kong -- and that was just at the airport.
i definitely prefer the cart-experience, but will forgo them for superior food.
it seems that the most recommended are Gold Mountain (SF) and Koi Palace (Daly City). if someone who's been to both can compare/contrast -- that would be helpful.
we will have a rental car, and are staying in Berkeley with some friends...
my tally sheet looks like this:
Koi Palace XXXX
Yank Sing XXX
Y Ben House XX
Gold Mountain XXXXX
Kan (no carts?) XXX
Parc Hong Kong XXX
Hong Kong Flower Lounge (Milbrae) XXX (across from BART)
plus an honorable, interesting mention to Good Luck on Clement.
i'm a traditionalist, i love the fish. i love unusual peices. i tend to order a lot of sashimi so i can savor the fish on it's own and not fill up on rice, but also enjoy the delicate balance.
my husband, on the other hand, isn't so interested in sushi. he'll try it again, but if i'm going to go somewhere with him, it needs to have some cooked fish entrees as an option.
is there anyplace that can make us both happy, or should i desert him and go have some sushi by myself? a major requirement either way is amazing, excellent UNI. must have the urchin.
bonus points for anyplace that serves kani miso (crab brains?) -- it's my second favorite thing, and i only know of one place in NYC that has it, and they didn't last time i was there.
my tab sheet on the sushi thus far is:
Zushi Puzzle XX
any exceptional Italian? i don't usually go much for Italian, but i think it could be fun and romantic. without knowing for sure, i think i prefer Southern Italian to Northen (doesn't Southern tend to be fresher, less cooked, more herbs?; i associate Northern with long, slow-cooked tomato sauces, which i could do without).
i can also do without pasta in general, except for tender, delicate fresh-made gnocchi.
a place that i could get into on a Saturday night with a reservation no more than a week in advance -- preferably spending less than $100 on two people (2 apps, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, 2 glasses of wine). if more, not too much more...
thanks in advance,