It’s said that dim sum is the oldest form of tapas; and it makes it to the “top-a” our list as one of our favorite ways to get the weekend going in New York. In a town where brunch is an occasion to break out your best heels and a new dress, we’ve got your round up of dim sum places from classy to divey. But of course, they all serve up Chinese small plates that will knock your Louboutins off.
1 Oriental Garden
You will find some of the freshest and most delicious dim sum at Oriental Garden in Chinatown; not much of a secret when you walk past the long lines on the weekend. But the wait is worth it for the exceptionally fresh seafood that comes out of their tanks and lands on the cutting board. Their fried shrimp balls and lobster in XO sauce should not be missed.
2 Lychee House
This Chinese eatery specializing in Shanghai cooking dishes out upscale dim sum in Midtown East. They incorporate some Malaysian and Thai influences into their dim sum menu, adding exciting flavors to the Asian culinary journey. Don't miss the foie gras dumplings and the Hong Kong-style spring rolls.
141 E. 55th St.
Manhattan, NY 10022
It's dim sum from another continent... that's not Asia. Betel serves up Australian style Thai food in flavors different, interesting and delicious. Their brunch dim sum menu features favorites with a twist like a bahn mi burger and carmelized braised beef rib with cilantro.
51 Grove St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
4 Golden Unicorn
Chinatown has dim sum joints a-plenty, but Golden Unicorn steps it up a notch in our book. The restaurant does the authentic dim sum carts that roam the large and crowded restaurant, so if you want to taste a little bit of everything, this is the place to head to. Also, their Peking duck cannot be beat.
5 Chinatown Brasserie
The trendy, chic Chinatown Brasserie is a must-do for those looking for dim sum with a side of glam. The restaurant is swanky and lush with a young, good-looking crowd. The menu features everything from classics like turnip cake and pork buns to the fusion-y lobster cream cheese sticks and seared filet mignon with white and green asparagus.