Top 5 dim sum eateries in America

February 7, 2018

Celebrate Chinese New Year at these top dim sum restaurants.( iStock)

Cacophonous, behemoth in size and frenzied with the chaos of careening carts, dim sum restaurants are crazy-busy especially on the weekends. This is when followers of dumplings and champs of chicken feet descend in droves to feast on a variety of Chinese-style, bite-sized meat, seafood and vegetables, as well as desserts. In honor of Chinese New Year on February 8, take a look at GAYOT’s Top 5 Dim Sum Restaurants in America. They deserve your undivided attention , not to mention big cravings and a zest for adventure.

Star Kitchen, Denver

Star Kitchen pulsates with feverish energy. The one-quarters free of frills and superfluous adornments are always rollicking with crowd that dive into baskets of translucent, wiggly-jiggly dumplings; chicken feet glistening in a sweet sauce darkened with black beans; salt-and-pepper squid and beef short rib. The home lobster, prepared Hong Kong-style, is a must.

Golden Unicorn, New York City

For fresh and hot dim sum dishes that come to you continuously in pushing carts, head to Golden Unicorn. Enjoy everything from steamed shrimp dumplings or steamed roasted pork buns to shrimp-stuffed deep fried tofu. Although the waitings may be long in this bi-level space festively decorated in traditional Chinese gold and red hues, the authentic Hong Kong-style dim sum is well worth taking a number.

Yank Sing, San Francisco

Any compilation of fine dim sum in San Francisco must begin with Yank Sings two locations, which are both Downtown and comparatively near each other. James Beard Award wins, they’re by far the most expensive dim sum eateries in the City by the Bay. However, they’re peerless in terms of quality and imagination( hello, stuffed lotus leaves !). Serious traditionalists gravitate toward the braised chicken feet and tender steamed spareribs.

Ocean Seafood, Los Angeles

This sprawling Chinese eatery occupies the second floor of a modern Chinatown building. The main draw is the more than 100 assortments of dim sum, grouped by price into five categories, plus several specials. Be patient, since it takes the carts a while to traverse the massive dining rooms. However, once they arrive, dont miss those hosting shrimp and cilantro dumplings, sticky rice packets with chicken and mushrooms, ginseng chicken porridge and suckling pig.

Phoenix, Chicago

The dining room, which is located upstairs, can be accessed by elevator or the stairs and maintains busy no matter what time of day. The dim sum is first-rate and, accordingly, the selection is vast. When a cart laden with flaky barbecue pork buns rolls by, order two. Following suit, the menu proper is filled with irresistible, well-executed dishes. The orange beef is a fave; likewise the spicy Szechuan chicken. Plus, the mango dessert dessert is to die for.

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