|Assorted Dim Sum at Pacificana in Sunset Park, Brooklyn|
As a consequence, Sunset Park and Flushing have become two of my favorite culinary day trips. With almost no tourists to please, the culinary establishments in these neighborhoods come off to me even more authentic; the Szechuan food just a little spicier, the flavors of the soups and dim sum just a little more rich and complex. Looking around the dining room at Pacificana, my wife and I appeared to be among the only ones attempting to speak English to the waitstaff.
|Bean Curd Skins and Har Gao|
And some of the offerings are better. In particular, thin sheets of bean curd skin rolled up like soft spring rolls and filled with bamboo shoots and tender pieces of chicken and shrimp. The combination was soft, juicy and mild. Har gao (crystal shrimp dumplings) were delicate with perfectly ridged skins and whole shrimp inside. My usual favorite - shrimp rolled in a large rice noodle and topped with sweet soy sauce - was on par with that of its Manhattan counterparts.
To be fair, it was my second attempt to have lunch at Pacificana. The wait was long on my first attempt and I decided to pass, instead snagging a prime spot at a communal table at Lucky Eight up the block (where I enjoyed some excellent noodles and complimentary house soup). But that is just to say that there are many great ways to satisfy your appetite in Sunset Park, New York's largest Chinatown.
813 55th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220
5204 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220
9 Pell Street, New York, NY 10013
Recommended Dishes: Chive dumplings, bean curd skins, har gao, any other dim sum.
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