My wife and I decided to try this small restaurant, as it is next to Which Wich sandwich shop, where we had intended to dine. We both LOVE dim sum and have eaten it many times in many different cities. Ivy's Deli opened only 12 weeks ago and does not serve even average quality dim sum.
They also serve smoothies, bubble teas and other Chinese dishes. You decide what to order from laminated menu pages showing color pictures of each dish. You then check off which items you want on a paper sheet listing all items. Prices are based on letter codes shown on the top of the paper sheet - I must confess I found it difficult to see the letter prices listed after some of the items.
We ordered the sui mai, rice noodles with pork, sticky rice, pot stickers, barbecue pork buns, and spicy chicken wings (see photos.) The sui mai were oily and too chewy, the rice noodles were average to very good, the pot stickers were a disappointment, very little meat and too chewy, the chicken wings were incredibly spicy (for me) and I didn't finish them, even after wiping trying to wipe off the copious amounts of hot pepper powder on them. The BBQ pork buns were poor, with very little bbq pork in them (see photo.) They provide chop sticks and utensils, but the napkins they provide are very small.
On a positive note, the proprietor was very friendly and helpful, although he seemed to hover way too much. He and the other servers were attentive and a positive note about the place.
All in all, we won't be back. We would rather drive a bit for better dim sum. I cannot comment the quality of their other non-dim sum items and perhaps they are worth a try.
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