Jade Asian

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Steamed pork buns at Jade Asian

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Shumai at Jade Asian
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Hot peppers stuffed with shrimp at Jade Asian
Just as grunge unassumingly usurped hair metal, Jade Asian has been quietly setting itself apart from the Flushing competition since 2008, bypassing a gilded-banquet-hall crescendo for modern understatement. Case in point: Light-blocking red velvet curtains are forgone for floor-to-ceiling windows. The food follows along these lines, with clean, well-crafted updates on the classics from chef-owner Peter How. Turnip cakes (jiang chao luo bo gao) are chopped into cubes and stir-fried with chilies, scallions and bacon, turning a typically bland side dish into a spicy, crispy update on home fries. Seafood-stuffed hot peppers (jian niang qing jiao) have a lighter filling that allows the lip-singeing chili heat to really zing. The barbecued-pork buns (char siu bao) are meatier than most, skipping a showy, overly saccharine sauce in favor of hearty chunks of grilled meat and an impressively fluffy bao.
Venue name: Jade Asian
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Address: 136-28 39th Ave
NY
11354
Cross street: at 138th St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 10am–10pm; Sat, Sun 10am–11pm
Transport: Subway: 7 to Flushing–Main St
Price: Average dim sum: $4. AmEx, MC, V
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This is as good as it gets in NYC Dim Sum. I'm admittedly haven't exhausted all places in NYC, but I rate this above Asian Jewell (Flushing), Dim Sum Go Go, Golden Unicorn and anything else in Manhattan I've tried. Its reasonably priced (10-12 dishes $36USD including tip), service is above average - waiters speak English and are generally helpful - more so than Asian Jewel. All the right flavours and seating is comfortable - even with a stroller! :) Ate here on a Fri afternoon at 1:30pm so there was no wait but can imagine a little mayhem on weekends. Will definitely be back after we exhaust all notable places in the Queens area.