Convened my first (hopefully annual) "Xmas trek for dim sum for those not at Mass or doing the Santa thing" at O.S. yesterday. Aimed for 10:30 am; most of the anticipated 12-14 people were there by 10:35, and we proceeded without the (notoriously late) stragglers. Good thing we did, too. At 10:30, there were a handful of large parties who had not been seated, waiting. By 11:00 am, the lobby area was full; by 11:30, jammed (it was intermittently pouring outside, which added to the fun).
The usual stuff was up to the usual standard, though some was harder to track down (after our first plate of duck we decided we needed a second; we didn't see the duck/chicken/chashu cart for a half hour, so I finally walked up to the other (front) end of the room and tracked it down. ) Interesting things included a baked shrimp pastry with what appeared to be a mayonaise or cream cheese sauce in it (definitely mixed reviews on that one; the spouse and Pup don't do mayonaise, ANY mayonaise) green tea flvored (and green colored) lotus bean balls. It was harder to find thin-coat dumplings (har gow, etc.) than usual, but again, we may have been at the wrong end of the room.
Pup says NBC's mango pudding is better; I think O.S.'s is just different (and I think also just came out of the refrigerator, so was really served a little too cold...) Generally, a good time had by all. Total bill per person, including tip, came to about $17. per person. How is that possible?
So, next year: Sea Harbor! (Not because O.S. is anything other than excellent, just planning to move it around each year, and this year, O.S. was easier for me to give directions for in the driving rain...)