On a few occasions, she has asked us if we had ever eaten dim sum and our answer was "no" but we had eaten Chinese food. In walking the streets in Dyker Heights and Flushing (both big Chinese communities) we had ventured into very "Americanized" Chinese food. This was fine with us as we were not anxious to eat fried chicken feet or other such delicacies. Nancy was very kind and said she would like to introduce us to authentic Chinese food.
We met Nancy along with another senior couple serving in Dyker Heights, Elder Ho and Sister Lee (they are married), and a Chinese mother and daughter who we did not know. The daughter had just graduated from Cornell Law School and her mother travelled from China to attend the graduation.
We parked at the church and walked to 8th Avenue (the heart of Dyker's china town) and then walked on 8th Avenue to 65th Street. On the outside, the restaurant looked like any other establishment, but once you entered it was huge with a line of people waiting to be seated, all Asians. The restaurant could seat 300 people, and every table was filled. It reminded me of a casino in Las Vegas with all the lights and glitz.
|Starting from the left, mother, daughter, Sister Lee, Elder Ho, Richard, me, and Nancy|
All of it looked very strange to us.
|Server with a cart of food. This was very "tame" looking food.|
|As you can see the restaurant serves many people starting at 8 am until 10 pm. We were the only non-Asian people in the room, but then that is not usual.|
It was a lovely lunch and will be a wonderful memory of New York. By the way, we really don't care for dim sum but it was a fun experience.