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Empress Pavilion

988 N. Hill St. (Bernard St.) Send to Phone
213-617-9898 | Menu
Classic dim sum in Chinatown's most nostalgic palace.
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Empress Pavilion Restaurant Review

: Chinatown's beloved dim sum parlor of 25 years closed in 2013, but was reopened by Ocean Seafood owner Andy Lau (and revamped to the tune of $2 million) in 2014. It looks much the same, but with the former dingy décor scrubbed clean, and a plush new gold-and-crimson carpet beneath sparkling crystal chandeliers, the giant room remains warm and inviting. This Empress 2.0 still offers the lively atmosphere that generations of Chinatown diners grew up on, and weekend prime dim sum hours usually pack the 600 seats. Even with a ticket, though, turnover is fast. Chinese women push their steaming carts through the aisles serving traditional, mostly Hong Kong-style comfort fare like shrimp and pork dumplings, deep-fried taro, pork spare ribs, roast duck, and barbecue pork buns. New delicacies include a fragrant ginseng dumpling in broth, and savory pan-fried lotus root cake. For dinner, selections range from deep-fried oysters with spicy salt and sautéed prawns with honey-glazed walnuts to shredded duck soup, suckling pig and roasted squab.

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