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Dim Sum Go Go Disappointment

• This is upscale dim sum: no carts (order from a menu), cool architecture, linen tablecloths. Food is also upscale: very delicate execution and flavors. Very fresh on a Sunday. Colorful. Not your down home dim sum by a long shot. So it shouldn’t be knocked for what it is not. What it is is very good. The portions are quite adequate and consistent with the tradition of many-small-plates-make-a-meal. Four dishes did me in. I chose the last dish because the meal needed some soul. Turnip cakes did the job. They were creamy, tasty and greaseless. The tab was $13.50 (before 4 pm)

My choices and recommendations:
• Mushroom Dumplings (very nice)
• Rolls with shrimp and mango (original)
• Fresh mango pudding (delicious)
• Turnip cakes (Yes .....definitely.)

A simple chart on the menu includes lunch and dinner prices and translates the Chnese characters stating prices into Arabic numbers. Dim Sum gogo is open from 10 am until 11 pm. Lunch is from 10 am to 4 pm. Dinner is from 4 pm to 11 pm. Give it a gogo. If you don’t like it, don’t go back. But spare us the snobbery.

May 28, 2009
asnet in Manhattan

Brewpubs in Manhattan?


Mar 21, 2009
asnet in Manhattan

Best dinner in NYC for around $150 per person?

Le Bernardin.

Mar 21, 2009
asnet in Manhattan

Bacon overload. What should be next?

Lamb chops. Buttered shell steak. Sea scallops.

Mar 21, 2009
asnet in General Topics

Indian Take-out in Murray/"Curry" Hill

Hmmm .... hadn't met the curry crowd before.
Onion kulcha with the bottled mango drink is nirvana
at Curry in a Hurry.

Dec 09, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

Dim Sum on a Monday?

Dumbo West
(down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass on the West Side of the East River
in Chinatown)
East Market Restaurant v/212-732-8886/8889/8885
75-85 East Broadway -- 2nd floor
NY, NY 10012

Huge banquet hall with carts, buffet, good quality, fair prices.

Dec 07, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

10 Reasons Why Whole Foods Is Annoying


Oct 28, 2008
asnet in Features

Must EATS in NYC

Absolute Bagel 2788 Broadway @ 107 St. If you are going to bother to come to New York at all and drop several hundred dollars a night at some fleabag, you might as well eat The Real Thing. These are among the last true, chewy, tasty bagels, made by a Thai immigrant and his extended family, not the popular, puffy, Gentile bagelcake. Absolute also has a bagel pudding which is not always available, but is the deadliest StarchBomb in New York. After Absolute, for dessert, take the southbound Broadway bus to Ouest, Broadway & W. 84, for the creme fraiche panna cotta with passion fruit syrup. Check out Ouest’s entrees. Then, get back on the Broadway bus,and head south to EuroPan, Lincoln Square, for the chocolate cigar. Then read up on Chinatown dim sum spots and take your pick. I recommend Sun Say Kai at Canal & Baxter. No one should leave NYC without loading up on sportsbar or divebar french fries. The divebar fries I recommend are at Blue Donkey on Amsterdam btw. 83 & 84. The fastest-served fries are at O'Lunney's 145 W. 45 near Times Sq.

Aug 29, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

Most Unhealty Meal in NYC

Dead heat:
Chicken fat and chopped liver at Sammy's.
Deep-fried onion loaf at Dallas BBQ.
Happy Meal at any McDonald's.

Aug 29, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

Organizing a Goodbye Dinner, Need an Upscale Restaurant with a View...

Terrace. Go there. Take a look. Have dinner. Then decide.

Aug 29, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

You haven't heard the last of Mei Lai Wah!

There is a delicious coconut gel with peanut stuffing in the front window at sun say kai.

Aug 19, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

Where to buy fresh sour cherries?

Street vendors on Canal St. between Baxter and Mott in Chinatown.

Jul 10, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

Sun Say Kai - my official replacement for Mei Lai Wah

SSK is very very good, and I have gone there for many years, but it's just not quite as good as MLW.
SSK is: central and convenient location. Spacious. Hot tea in a glass on your table with seconds after you sit down. Excellent shrimp noodle. Delicious. Yummy. Steamed and baked chicken and pork buns. Diligent, dedicated waiters. If your total check breaks $6.00 per person you are a better eater than I. I rarely hit $5.00. There are desserts on trays in the window, including a consciousness-erasing, wipeout coconut gel with a peanut center. And more hot tea. True masochists can also order from the roast pig/roast duck counter, and/or the "main menu." I have not blogged about SSK until now because it has always been 90 percent or more filled up and I was afraid publicity would overwhelm it. Now that the secret is out, let the games begin. The first result is that prices are likely to go up.

Jun 03, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

Pomme de Terre, midwood-ish BKLYN; any reports?

I never go to any restaurant without seeing a menu with prices in advance.

May 27, 2008
asnet in Outer Boroughs

best burger

P. J. Clarke's - 915 Thrd Ave. 212-317-1616
Delivers to 50th St. to 60th St., Sutton Place to Madison Ave.
They will not tell you the name of the butcher that supplies their ground beef,
even if you get down on your hands and knees and cry.

May 06, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

Cheap Eats for visiting College students

Curry in a Hurry, Lexington & E. 28 NE corner

Mar 01, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

Best Vietnamese in NY (both cheap and fancy)?

Pho Bang, 3 Pike St. & East Broadway
20 or 30 versions of heaven in a bowl.
I think the priciest one is $5.95.
Delicious cafe filtre.

Mar 01, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

looking for best whitefish salad in the city - is it Murrays?

Zabar's is very good

Mar 01, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

Upper West Side Recs

Caridad, Broadway and 78 (SW corner)
Asia de Cuba
Masita (deep fried pork cubes)
Yellow rice & black beans
& all traditional Cuban dishes ... lechon asado on Sat & Sun is sensational,
with yucca topped with chopped fresh garlic.

Mar 01, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

Hungry on 57th and 10th Ave

• Flame (diner) W. 58 & 9th Ave.
• 9th Ave. from 42 to 57 has many good ethnic holes in the walls
• After work go to Osteria Gelsi 9th & 38th.

Mar 01, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

ISO Chinatown grocers/markets for Hunan ingredients ...

Call Hong Kong Market 212-227-3388 and ask if they stock Hunan ingredients.
109 East Broadway at Pike St.

Mar 01, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

Going Going to javits Center

strongly second osteria gelsi.
i reviewed it for this site or a similar one long ago.

Mar 01, 2008
asnet in Manhattan

How to

please explain how to search the site and how to ask questions.

Feb 26, 2008
asnet in Site Talk

Identifying restaurant shills

Reply to Somnifor:
"Annoying" is on target, indeed an understatement.
My last post was deleted because I was apparently perceived as a novice who was overly enthusiastic about the restaurant I reviewed, and thus a shill. I didn't ask why I was deleted because of the longish and somewhat strident website statements about how Chound doesn't have time to explain. At any rate, this posture guarantees a pretty dry editorial result, and the probability that I may read this site but not waste any more time attempting to contribute to it ... I usually don't bother writing negative reviews, only enthusiastic ones.

Feb 26, 2008
asnet in Site Talk

Rocky Mountain Oysters in NYC

212-595-1888 Fairway ... ask for meat dept.
When Fairway doesn't have it, they can sometimes give you good tips
on where to get it. If this fails, work your way through the BBQ places
starting with Rub on W. 23 St.

Oct 28, 2007
asnet in Manhattan

Best Steamed Pork Buns?

Sun Say Kai Restaurant
220 Canal, NY, NY 10013

Turn to left side counter when you enter. Right side is entrees.
Pork, chicken, red bean, shrimp dim sum, hot tea in a glass.
Lowest possible prices. The real thing.

Oct 28, 2007
asnet in Manhattan

Jewish corn bread

Why reach for remote bakeries when you can go to
Zabars...Broadway and W. 80-81
Fairway ... Broadway and W. 74-75
and Eli's, Orwasher's and Moishes
in Manhattan?

Oct 28, 2007
asnet in Manhattan

First time in manhattan, need comfort food

As in so many other areas of cuisine, China mastered the knockyoudown comfort breakfast centuries ago. Try almost any unglitzed, minimum neon, probably a little on the dark/gloomy side, place in Chinatown. I would go for the steamed buns --- pork, chicken, seafood --- congee and lots of hot tea. And whatever else turns up.

Aug 24, 2007
asnet in Manhattan

Best Bagels?

Absolute Bagels, 2788 Broadway & W. 108 St.
Kossar's Bialys, 367 Grand St. at Norfolk.

Aug 24, 2007
asnet in Manhattan

Visiting NYC for the 1st time--feedback on itinerary appreciated!

RGR's 8/24 Lower East Side tour itinerary has it right ... with a few footnotes:

1) There is no point in coming to New York City for a nonstop 3-day series of $200 meals with unisex cosmopolitan cuisine.

2) What makes NYC unique is not those places but its 150-odd ethnic cuisines. The LES remains a treasure house of these foods and meals.

3) BUT: I would add to the list: Bereket, 187 E. Houston St. at the corner of Orchard. 24/7. Zero atmosphere. Middle Eastern/Turkish. Some of the best values (quality and price) in Manhattan. Do not pass up the soups (among the least salty anywhere), stuffed grape leaves, or the desserts.

4) I would expand the Yonah Schimmel visit to include Apple Strudel and a glass of home-made buttermilk.

5) The sandwiches at Katz's and Russ & Daughters are good, but you can find good deli almost anywhere. Stick to the things you are very unlikely to find anywhere else. Bereket and Yohnah Schimmel have them.

Aug 24, 2007
asnet in Manhattan