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“Average food with interesting atmosphere.”

New Asia Restaurant
Ranked #1,597 of 5,946 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $15 - $15
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

A dim sum place in heart of San Francisco Chinatown. Most customers appeared to be Chinese and staff did not speak English well. The dim sum did not taste fresh. The menu items were average quality.

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

This is not the touristy part of Chinatown and there is no special tinkering with the menu to appease Caucasian sensitivities. Come here if you want to eat with the Chinese, like the Chinese. The floor is greasy and the waitresses are loud and impatient, though not rude. The menu include goose webs and stewed phoenix claws (euphemisms for gnarled-looking, dark brown duck and chicken feet) and other dim sum staples found in an authentic dim sum restaurant. Frankly, none is particularly outstanding, and all are too greasy or greasy and salty.

But soak in the Chinese conversations (loud enough for you to overhear). Eye the way the newer immigrants choose their brunch and eat their baos. See how those octogenarian ladies know how to enjoy their daily dose of Phoenix claws and neighbourhood gossip, bundled up in their mismatched coats and cloth kungfu shoes. Do all this discreetly, of course.

This is the real Chinatown, for the Chinese.

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Thank SingaporeSabrina
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We looked online for the "best" dim sum in San Francisco. All reviews seemed to point to Clement Street, but we didn't have time to get out to that area, and catch our flight. Our hotel (near Union Square) suggested New Asia, which was a very short walk (through the Stockton St. Tunnel). It took us less than 10 minutes to walk there.

This place was a big hit with us. It's HUGE, and can probably seat 1,000 guests. Walking down Stockton, on a Sunday, was a sensory experience, with all the local people shopping for their fresh produce, seafood, dried goods, etc. New Asia is only a few doors east of Stockton. My husband (always the worry wart) was concerned we wouldn't get in. The place is HUGE. We were welcomed warmly, and seated immediately. The tea is good.

It's a great value, and the dim sum is excellent. We tend to favor the seafood and pork options, and were very pleased with the various shrimp choices. The duck was a bit fatty, but flavorful. Since it was just two of us, some plates weren't feasible (tofu plates and veggies would have filled us up -- better suited for groups of 4 - 6+).

I will definitely keep this on the radar for future trips to San Francisco!

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Thank Maija E
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Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

Told by a Chinatown shop keeper to go here. Great Dim Sum at a very reasonable price. Staff was very attentive. Nice find

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Thank Wbdvt
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Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

This establishment is a San Fran dim sum mainstay though such a reputation likely reflects the tenor of the lease than the kitchen or management's commitment to quality of food and experience. My partner and I ventured here because of the restaurant's ostensible reputation as a leading dim sum restaurant; however - besides the booming lady who calls out the guests' numbers as they await a table, saying the numbers in Chinese & English - nothing in this place points toward leadership. The food was ok and the selection ok. However the sanitary standards in this restaurant are appalling in more ways than one. Service was wretched - we had to ask multiple waiters for tea - but above all else we found a glass shard on a plate of dim sum. See attached photo. Further the ambiance is deplorable - an insult to the eye & to the guests themselves - as there are stains on the tapestry & and the main Chinese character hanging from the lemon-yellow wall shows signs of having fallen down and then - regrettably - being rehung.

Owners: hire an interior designer and a sanitation/operations manager & turn this business around. Or call Chef Ramsey. Or go to Wong's King Seafood in Portland, OR, to see how this delicate & special meal is served.

How dare you charge me to eat your food in such deplorable conditions. Shame on you.

可耻的是你

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Thank DanielLogan
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