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current recs for decent dim sum in manhattan?

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say we have a lunch free one day and have a hankering for dim sum, is there anywhere in manhattan that would be recommended? keep in mind that anything will likely be far superior to what we get in minnesota, though, of course, we would prefer some place good.

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are these both cart places? we generally prefer a la carte ordering, no matter what the size of the restaurant.

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i see nom wah is a la carte. that might do it for us--especially with the "oldest dim sum parlor in new york" thing thrown in.

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Yeah, Nom Wah has a great throwback vibe, and Doyers is such a fun, quirky little bend of Manhattan. Bonus for kids: it was in one of the Spider-Man movies.

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Not much to add, Nom Wah is the consensus for good reason..

 

If they’re too busy (on a weekday, unlikely) I have a certain fondness for Dim Sum Go Go and their 80s cafeteria vibe, and the food is solid.

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we ended up at nom wah. a nice room. the dim sum would be 4th tier at best in the san gabriel valley but was miles ahead of anything in the twin cities. we were happy enough.

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Dim Sum a Go Go is also incredibly expensive. But I've enjoyed it for a la carte and evening availability, like Nom Wah. And its big menu is friendly to vegetarians and to people who think that celiac disease is hiding around the corner.

 

I wish its basement restrooms were as bright and shiny as the dining floors.

 

I shouldn't complain about price since two days ago I was prepared to treat my in-laws to Tim Ho Wan Hell's Kitchen after we visited the Intrepid. But the consensus was for boring sandwiches at the museum's "Aviator Grill."

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Speaking of dim sum, Wells seemed to really like a new, midtown place called Hutong:

 

There is real skill in the kitchen at Hutong. You see it most clearly in the dim sum, but much of the other cooking evinces the kind of discipline, precision and technical mastery that has rarely been seen in this city over the past few decades, to the dismay of eaters who know what Chinese food is capable of.

 

 

He two starred it, as a matter of fact.

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