Dim Sum, Chinese, Dumplings, Cheap Eats
5 East Broadway – Chinatown
Dim Sum Go Go is a great spot for the dumpling neophyte. It still has the classic dim sum shop paper menu, rude waiters and no help whatsoever if you have questions. But pretty much everything on the menu is great, it just requires being willing for an adventure.
If you can, get a seat upstairs. It is lighter and more spacious. The lower level is not much for atmosphere and you have to deal with the line of people waiting for a seat. On that subject, get there early on a weekend. They open at 10 a.m. and I’m sure you’re not game for breakfast dumplings unless you are a Chinese native (or up all night), but 11:30 is a safe time. Anytime after 12 you will wait.
We went strictly for items on the paper dim sum menu you get with a little pencil rather than the full menu. The dim sum platter is absolutely the way to go; it has 10 pieces, each different. It gives you a good idea of what you might like to order in larger quantity afterwards if you can figure out what they are. Remember, you’re not going to get much help. They were all tame, nothing the squeamish need to worry about. We also ordered extra pork & vegetable dim sum and Shiu Mai. The turnip cakes are recommended, so we went with those as well. I’ve never had them and I’d definitely get them again.
It was one of those days where I got overly focused on eating and forgot photos. And the dim sum platter is stunning. Two people asked what it was, it was so gorgeous. This is all I got!
But thanks bloggers, I am lifting this shot from the NYTimes Concierge…
I will add that some people complain that this restaurant is overpriced and filled with tourists. I will admit that it is not the FULL Chinese dim sum experience. I have been to China many times myself and I have tried the ‘cheap’ dim sum spots, but I still have a preference for this one. It is a personal preference and I highly recommend trying the authentic experience and deciding on your own. I’ll refrain from any recommendations since I never really enjoyed any particular spot! To me, part of dining is the atmosphere.