11 dim sum restaurants that use push carts in New York City

October 26, 2015 - Food / New York

I’ve heard that some dim sum restaurants have moved away from pushcarts so that their small plates come out hotter and fresher.

The idea of a checksheet vs. carts makes sense. Dim sum is traditionally prepared in bulk and can be anywhere from one minute to one hour before it’s eventually placed on a custome’rs table. For those small plates that arrives by cart, the dim sum rely on the steam of the carts to keep it warm whereas a check sheet allows the dim sum to be made/cooked/reheated to order.

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The check sheet method is all well and good, makes business sense, and I know my mom prefers it. Despite the prospect of somewhat fresher dim sum, I prefer dim sum that comes via pushcarts. To me, it’s a defining factor of the overall experience. It’s what I grew up with and dim sum just isn’t as enjoyable without pushy women pushing pushcarts.

Not just that, I like that the carts are like bumper cars attacking your table as soon as you sit down (normally after a long wait).

If you want the dim sum pushcart experience, here’s a list of Chinese restaurants that use pushcarts to serve their dim sum in New York City — mostly in Manhattan’s Chinatown, but there’s a few from Brooklyn and Flushing.

Restaurants that use dim sum pushcarts
Restaurant Address Borough Cart Confirmed
Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant 13330 39th Ave. Queens Yes
Golden Unicorn 18 East Broadway Manhattan Yes
East Harbor Seafood Palace 714 65th Street Brooklyn Yes
Jing Fong 20 Elizabeth Street Manhattan Yes
East Ocean Palace 13330 39th Ave. Queens No
Hop Shing 9 Chatham Square Manhattan Yes
Sunshine 27 46 Bowery Manhattan No
Pacificana 813 55th Street Brooklyn No
Ping’s Seafood 22 Mott Street Manhattan Yes
88 Palace Restaurant 88 East Broadway Manhattan No
Hee Win Lai / Delight 28 28 Pell Street Manhattan No

The “dim sum with carts” list was compiled with the help of Yelp and experience. I can personally confirm that six of the above restaurants use pushcarts to deliver their dim sum.

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What I can’t confirm is even one restaurant that has made the change from carts to check sheets and there are a few important reasons why Chinese restaurants won’t move away from pushcarts.

As with MSG, carts are a staple of the dim sum experience. On top of that, the most-popular restaurants are packed almost seven days a week. So even with pushcarts, the turnover is so high that the kitchen has to crank out plate after plate of dim sum to meet the demand — especially the more popular dishes.

With these restaurants, not only do you get dim sum that’s fresh and hot, but you get it delivered to your table with pushcarts.

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