Where To Find NYC's Best Dim Sum? It Might Just Be at Aqueduct Racetrack

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Ever seen this sort of dim sum before? The black and white pearl shrimp dumplings at Genting Palace.


When my friend Mike Epstein (@mikepstein) heard a vague rumor about dim sum being served at Aqueduct Racetrack, rather than guffaw he grabbed 10 friends this past Saturday and headed out on the A train. [Update: Epstein's rumor came from Aaron Sugiura (@aaronaaron123) -- credit where credit is due!]


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The pork shumai were perfectly formed and generously sized.


Genting Palace is a recently opened Chinese restaurant situated on the third floor of the casino glued onto the north end of the old racetrack. The place boasts large round tables, a couple of private rooms, amazingly clean fish and crab tanks, strange dangling light fixtures, and a view of the pony action on the oval below through big picture windows. There's also an outdoor balcony seating area for use in fine weather. Who ever heard of outdoor dim sum?

The dim sum is ordered from a menu -- the carts rarely come 'round -- and is of a mainly predictable sort. Nevertheless, it is pristine in its freshness, and generously sized, aimed at discerning Chinese high-rolling gamblers who don't take no guff.

Pending a longer review of the whole place in The Village Voice a few weeks hence, here are some of the dim sum selections we enjoyed most.


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The cheong fun come in five variations, rather than the usual two -- seen here is the "shrimp and golden chives" version.


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The braised chicken feet were falling-off-the-cartilage tender.


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Teo Chew shrimp dumplings


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The stuffed bean curd skin was particularly scrumptious.


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The table in the foreground is waiting for you and your pals.


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But this is still a racetrack, after all.


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Racetrack wranglers and their admirers


Genting Palace
Resorts World Casino
Aqueduct Racetrack
Ozone Park, Queens
718-215-2828


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Aqueduct Race Track

110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, NY

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11 comments
JK
JK

What about the dead horses, you insensitive clod?

Krista
Krista

I've been curious about the Aqueduct since it opened--now I have a real reason to visit. I've had good experiences with casino dim sum in Vegas.

Dave
Dave

were prices a lot higher than places that are not located in a casino?

Mike
Mike

I think the carts are only for those who select the all-you-can-eat (from a limited menu) option.

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Yes, I forgot to mention the horse shu mai -- delicious!

Michael Closter
Michael Closter

as long as they cook the horses thoroughly before they put them in the dim sum, you should be fine

Mike
Mike

We ended up spending $21 each with tax and tip, and left sated (but not stuffed).

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Definitely not! Or, if higher, only slightly higher -- somewhere between Ping's and Royal Seafood, say. About $3.50 on the average per dish, but the dumplings were generally larger than normal.

DesignerBoy
DesignerBoy

 That isn't cheap.  Dim Sum is discounted in Flushing on weekdays at most places for $2 and change. Comes out to be half the price per person on average and you get a bigger selection.

Dave
Dave

awesome, thanks for the reply Robert, good to know and might have to take a trip out there

Mike
Mike

Some of us have jobs and can't have dim sum in Flushing on a weekday.

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