- Double Eight Palace
88 East Broadway, 212-941-8886
Recessions have a way of making group meals awkward—your out-of-work friends can’t handle a big bill, your happily employed friends don’t want to slum. The solution: a dim sum brunch, where the food can be awe-inspiring, the prices comically modest, and no party is too large or too loud. At the cavernous Double Eight Palace, under the Manhattan Bridge, the cartloads of small plates just keep coming until you cry uncle, and everyone can eat their fill for $15 or so. Again, it’s win-win all around: There’s always something for the timid eater in the group (shu mai, wonton soup) and plenty more for the I’ll-eat-anything types (chicken feet; garlic and ginger tripe). Save a little room for the steamed dumplings filled with pork and peanuts, a highly improbable combination that left us speechless with pleasure. Not that we were too stunned to grab another helping the next time the cart came around. .
Best Dim Sum
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).