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New York Dim Sum

Jeff90212 | Feb 24, 2001 02:17 PM

New Silver Palace
I promised myself that I wasn’t going to waste any of my time in New York at asian restaurants (because I’m spoiled by Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Valley and frequent trips to HK and China) but I broke down on Sunday and went to the New Silver Palace.

Well, it was wretched. We met a friend of ours who recently moved to NY from Hong Kong there and we ran into several of her friends who were eating there as well. We interpreted this as a good sign. WRONG!!!

It was hands down, the worst dim sum I’ve ever had. Its like the crap you get in a mainland Chinese railway station and that is not a compliment.

First of all, they made the three of us share a table for eight. This was very off-putting to not only us, but also to the people that we were sharing with (the first group that they sat with us refused to share and walked out). This is not a typical Chinese custom so I don’t know why they do it except just being greedy and being able to get away with it. My wife and her friend (both Chinese) were very puzzled by this, as was I.

Secondly, the place was filthy. It was perhaps the filthiest restaurant that I have ever been in and I am used to restaurants in China that have much lower hygiene standards.

Thirdly, the food sucked. We ordered six things and nobody finished anything. It was just wretched. I can’t believe this place has been well reviewed in the NY Press. I’m sure there is better dim sum in New York (there must be) but I can assure you that there is no place this awful in LA. The only thing that I can say is that most of the people in the restaurant appeared to be mainland Chinese and most of our restaurants in LA are Hong Kongese or Taiwanese.

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