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“88 is Great for Dim Sum”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of 88 Palace

88 Palace
Ranked #3,853 of 13,548 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Sun Lakes, Arizona
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26 reviews
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“88 is Great for Dim Sum”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

Located right in Manhattan, in a Chinatown mall, this second floor establishment serves Dimsum, cooked in a Cantonese or southern Chinese style. We enjoyed a wide variety of dishes, including pork dumplings dipped in red vinegar, tall shrimps, shrimp noodles, and a turnip dumpling.

Mr. Yang Chao Lu is one of the owners of 88Palace. He also owns the Rice Restaurant, in Las Vegas’ Luxor Hotel, an export import company, and other corporations. At 88Palace, the seating capacity ranges from 600 to 1000, depending on table configuration. His Chinatown restaurant opened in 2002.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank mdhill
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new york
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“Fun Dim Sum”
Reviewed January 1, 2012

Christmas day - it was mobbed at Golden Unicorn 18 E Broadway so we meandered over and walked upstairs. We didnt' miss Godlen Unicorn at all. Servers bring carts around and you select. Price per dish so you pay for the type and number of little buns, etc. you have taken. Fun

  • Visited December 2011
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New York City, New York
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62 restaurant reviews
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“Like being in China”
Reviewed March 31, 2011

This place has a new name; as of March 2011, it's called "88 Palace." It can seat hundreds, but even so, it was packed for lunch on a Tuesday (Tuesday!) afternoon. It must be mobbed on weekends. Rightly so; the food is as good as you can find in any dim sum restaurant.
As I said, it's really like going to China. Of the 300 or so diners there that Tuesday, I was one of a handful who were not Chinese, so bear in mind, when you are there, Chinese manners predominate. It would be presumptuous for a lowly kitchen worker to look the esteemed customer in the eye, especially if the customer is a Westerner, so if they walk by and seem to ignore you, they're not being rude, they're being polite. If no one is there to seat you, find a place you like and just sit down. They'll come to you.
My two lunch companions were 2 ladies from southern China, so we enjoyed some shumai dumplings, tofu "skin," fried vegetable dumplings, sticky rice, fish balls, meat balls, black sesame roll-ups (sweet and gelatinous; very tasty), and steamed cake, washed down with jasmine tea, all for about $20 total. There were still about a dozen delicious-looking things on carts I that I'll have to try next time I'm there.

  • Visited March 2011
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Thank djny10003
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