Dim sum is bite-size portions, similar to French hor d'oeuvres and Spanish tapas, that are served on a plate or in a basket in a Chinese restaurant. Steamed dumplings are a good example. Finding authentic Hong Kong-style dim sum in New York City isn't difficult but finding the very popular 88 Palace Restaurant can be complicated for some.
The restaurant is located at the downtown tip of the island under the Manhattan Bridge and on the second floor of the East Broadway Mall. This sprawling, noisy emporium of dim sum carts and waiters bustling about is not to be missed. The food is inexpensive and terrific.