AweSum Dim Sum
160 East 23rd Street
New York City, NY 10010
Open: Sunday 9:30am-8:00pm/Monday-Thursday 11:00am-8:00pm/Friday 11:00am-9:00pm/Saturday 9:30am-9:00pm
My review on TripAdvisor:
I love it when I can eat at a restaurant on its first week open and get to enjoy the excitement with the owner as they establish their dream. That is what myself and my best friend felt when we ate at AweSum Dim Sum the first time. The restaurant is on my Advantage Dining Program and was recommended. So I tried it for the first time and loved it and then I took her and she agreed.
Everything on the menu was excellent. All the Dim Sum on the menu is fresh and cooked to order. When it arrives, it is sizzling hot and busting with flavor. The tough part is knowing what to order because everything on the menu is so good.
My first trip I devoured the Har Gow, small Shrimp dumplings with shrimp and bamboo shoots. Each bit had a small crunch of the pieces of shrimp inside the wrapping and the sweetness of the fish. Lightly set in the soy sauce and hot oil brought out the flavor of the dumpling.
Har Gow are small shrimp dumplings
I also ordered the Spring Rolls, tiny vegetable rolls deep fried to perfection filled with carrots, water chestnuts, black agaric, bamboo shoots and mushrooms. Each crackled with the flavor of the vegatables inside.
The Spring Rolls crackle with flavor
Another standout that the restaurant put a new spin on was the Baked BBQ Pork Buns, which were baked into a sweet dough and it was if they were steamed in the end. The BBQ pork was sweet and tangy at the same time.
The sweetness of the dough compliments the tangy pork
On this trip, I tried the Crispy Shrimp Rolls, which had tiny shrimps studded inside a crispy wrapper that had been pan fried and had a light crunch to it. Dipped into the chili oil and then the soy sauce brought out the flavor of the shrimp and accented its wrapping.
Crispy Shrimp Roll
The one thing I have enjoyed on all three trips to the restaurant is the Pork Soup Dumplings. These are amazing. A small pork meatball is wrapped around by a light dumpling wrapper and so juicy that when you dip them into the soy sauce and bit into them, they burst in your mouth with an intense juiciness.
The Pork Soup Dumplings are so juicy
One unique dish I have not tried is the AweSum sampler, which is a Sticky Rice Wrap, a BBQ Pork Bun, a Crispy Shrimp Roll and Chicken Shu Mai, which gives you a full taste of all the treats that the restaurant carries.
The AweSum Sampler
In my recent trip with my best friend, we went through about half the menu ordering the Har Gow, the Scallion Pancakes, the Baked Pork Buns, the Chicken Shu Mai, the White Custard Buns and the Fried Dumplings.
The best part is that the prices don’t break the bank as each Dim Sum is between $4.00-$6.00 and the drinks here will run between $1.50 for hot tea, $3.00 for soft drinks and $5.00 for a beer.
The service could not be nicer as things come out quickly the owner and his son are always so friendly especially when it is busy.
The restaurant has a cool contemporary feel to it with light colors and pale woods. It has a nice modern twist to it.
There is lots of inside counter space to sit at and there are tables outside on a nice day to dine at with friends and family.
The whole experience is a nice way to spend the afternoon and I will be back!