Yank Sing is the most celebrated (hello, James Beard classic award) and most gold standard-setting of dim sum joints in the Bay Area for good reason -- these guys know dumplings. The Shanghai soup dumplings are essential and the shrimp har gow alone should be as revered for perfection in texture and timing as Zuni’s roast chicken. Yes, the cart action is intense, and its reputation and proximity to the Embarcadero and FiDi drive in locals and tourists at record speeds, so plan accordingly and go on a weekday or be smart and reserve. Yes, yes, you can reserve a table -- a rarity in dim sum. Another rarity? Peking duck, slid into a DIY taco with sweet hoisin and green onions.
Yank Sing remains the most celebrated and gold standard of dim sum joints in the Bay Area for good reason. The Shanghai Soup Dumplings are essential and the Shrimp Har Gow should be as revered for perfection in texture and timing as Zuni’s roast chicken. Yes, Yank Sing can be crowded—its reputation brings in locals and tourists alike—and the cart action can be intense. Plan accordingly and go on a weekday or be smart and reserve. Yes,you can reserve a table—a rarity in dim sum.
How to enjoy: Rincon Center (Embarcadero): Reserve on OpenTable or order takeout or delivery online. Spear Street (Financial District): Reserve on OpenTable.