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Posted by Andrea on 01/03/2005
We used to eat dim sum every single weekend but I developed a seafood allergy and then became a vegetarian in '96. I had no dim sum since then until this summer. When I heard about this place, I went and almost had tears in my eyes when I ate the mini sticky rice in lotus leaves and the rice flour rolls. It was wonderful and I went back a month later to eat the same things (I do not live in NYC). Now I am planning a group trip to NYC (40- 50 people) and hope to get quite a few of the people to come here with me so we can order lots and lots of dishes and I can taste most of them.
Posted by Adam on 12/14/2004
...not even the best vegetarian Chinese restaurant I've found in NYC (which this place is). Reasonably priced, comfy, and definitely not fancy (thank God). I've been here about eight to ten times over four or five years. Overall my experiences have been very good, with an occasional disappointment. The person who slammed this place saying that they must have really been having a really bad day is right. They do seem to have bad days (or is it just bad hours? or a few bad dishes?). I haven't figured out a pattern, but I imagine that there are certain times of day when the food is less fresh, and certain dishes that are not made fresh. My experiences have ranged from "Wow this is incredibly delicious -- one of the best meals I've ever had" to "Why is everything a bit stale and soggy today?" The latter were the exceptions. Most commonly, out of four dishes ordered at one meal, three will be yummy, and the fourth will be a flop. Try asking your server (if you can communicate with them) which items on the menu are made fresh. That said, don't let your server totally decide your menu for you. If you're white, black, Latino, or other non-Asian, they will direct you toward the blandest, least interesting dishes. Presumably, if you're adventurous enough to seek out this tiny place on its tiny narrow side street, bland is not what turns you on.
Posted by Shiu! on 11/13/2004
I grew up in an omnivorous Chinese household and dim sum was our regular Sunday brunch. When I became a vegetarian, the only cuisine that ever "called out" to me and tempted me to go back to my meat and seafood eating ways was dim sum. Then came the Vegetarian Dim Sum House and my life changed! All of my childhood favorites are now accessible to me and they're delicious! I even bring my meat-eating friends there and they enjoy the cuisine as well. The variety is fantastic, the prices are good, and the saff is friendly. This has become my husband's and my favorite place to visit whenever we happen to be near Chinatown.
Posted by Margie on 11/12/2004
We tried 6 different entrees and various dim sum appetizers. All I can say is they must have been having a really bad day. We were sorely disappointed since the "meat" dishes had the consistency of wet cardboard. The few vegetables that were in the dishes were good. The spring rolls were greasy and the hot and sour soup was thin and bland. Definitely a substandard experience. Won't return.
Posted by John on 11/07/2004
Wow.. the food is very different and good. There is a great variety of choices that made me believe that I was really eating real meat. It sure was good recommendation! Awesome!
Posted by dim sum chowhound on 08/12/2004
A wonderful variety of tasty dim sum and vegetarian dishes. My favorites include the mock duck, treasure balls (cripsy potato balls), rice noodle rolls with veggie ham and coriander, steak with chinese broccoli, and fried rice with salted fish flavor. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!
Posted by Pell it on 06/18/2004
This is the funnest place to go. It's all vegan, cheap and good.