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Posted by writerfan on 02/27/2011
Having grown up in Hong Kong, I'm particularly picky about my dim sum. Cafe Evergreen has the most authentic, refined dim sum in the city, in fact, in the U.S. I've had dim sum all over the U.S...Evergreen is very hard to beat. It surpasses all the restaurants I've tried in Chinatown and in Queens which tend to be too greasy for me. I only wish Evergreen has as big a variety as the Chinatown restaurants but their food quality is far superior. I'd take quality over quantity for sure. Certainly, the atmosphere and service at Evergreen is also more relaxed and less rushed than the Chinatown/Queens restaurants. I wish Evergreen would do dimsum every day!
Posted by Grace on 02/02/2011
Quality dim sum and great variety. Best you will find on the UES. They offer very nice seafood dishes and Cantonese style food. Fast delivery and very nice staff.
Posted by Tastygirl on 01/04/2011
My first dim sum lunch here will be my last. I found the food extremely disappointing. Turnip cakes were over-fried with a too-crunchy exterior and offered no little tasty morsels within, unlike any other turnip cakes I've ever had. Crab claw, too, was over-fried. Sticky rice was tasteless, no doubt because the meat within was all of a bland kind. Spicy dumplings were tasteless meatballs encased in too thick a skin, but swimming in a sauce that was far too soupy and way too chili-spicy for comfort. No subtle tastes here. No finesse to the food. Surely there's better dim sum somewhere in Manhattan? Is it just the Chinatown Brasserie?
Posted by hands down best dim sum outside of c-town! on 11/12/2009
I am a dim sum fanatic. Outside of Chinatown, Cafe Evergreen is by far the best restaurant for gourmet and close to authentic dim sum. I read the other reviews and for people to complain about whether their tea is warm, they missed out on the FOOD. Arrive earlier in the day and your food will be made fresh. You can even watch as they prepare the food in the kitchen. I would highly suggest the Grand Marnier Shrimp with candied walnuts and of course my ultimate favorite, Beef Rice Noodle!
Posted by UES on 06/17/2009
basically the best chinese you can get in the UES, meaning in the east 70's. Its not flushing, its not super authentic, but here in the east 70's its the best. And its pretty good! I have lived here for 12 years. Previous reviewers that complain, are simply people that always complain.
Posted by Brenda on 02/22/2009
Very uneven food quality, cleanliness, and service. The greeting may be friendly or flatly indifferent; facilities may be clean on one visit, unkempt on the next; service may be helpful, but mostly it has been hurried, uninformed and surly. On one occasion, the waiter did not inform us that a dish was unavailable that evening until we asked, after 25 minutes, what was causing the delay. Worst, the food varies widely, not only from item to item but also from moment to moment. On our most recent visit, a first order of a dish was delicious, perfectly cooked and light, but a second order, placed only a few minutes later, was bland, overcooked and oily. The host merely shrugged and walked away. The impression given is that the staff--kitchen and dining room-- is just coasting until the end of the shift, or until they find other jobs.
Posted by chochogo on 01/26/2009
I was recently here with family for a first time ever meal -- this, after rad reviews and personal testimonials from all my non-asian friends. What a huge disappointment. This place caters to a non-asian palate. So long as you do not expect authenticity, this place can pass for a decent 'chinese' eatery. But if you grew up eating traditional asian fare and/or sampled the homegrown stuff throughout Shanghai and the greater Asia, as I have -- you too, will be disappointed. Do not bring your 'elders' here... you will get an earful like I did.