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- 72%Local Culture
- 66%Business Travelers
- 62%Luxury Travelers
- 61%Family Travelers
- 56%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (35)
- Yank SingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Oct 05, 2013
I haven't been to Yank Sing since way back in my SF party days with my posse. We would meet up here on a Sunday afternoon about 2pm, after seeing each other the Saturday night before about 2am closing down the clubs, if not 3:30am after a late night bowl of noodles.
That was before Yank Sing and Yank Sing2 (the take-out little sister, not to be confused with Swing Out Sister, the British singing group of about the same time) moved to Rincon Annex, which used to be the old Bulk Mail processing center for San Francisco. Now it is a boutique food court with a 3 story dripping fountain in the middle surrounded by a marbled wall atrium.
Yank Sing was always known by the hardcore Chinese Dim Summers (not to be confused with the hard core Wannabe Donna Summers, R.I.P.) as over-priced and not that great, while the Business and Caucasian crowd thought it was the best Yum Cha experience this side of Hong Kong, where most had never been, or if they had, went to similar over-priced places. Maybe that is why it is called Yank Sing, because it makes Caucasians howl with delight?
Yank Sing has white table clothed tables with white butcher paper covering them, so they can quickly clean up all the spilled grease for the next party of 4. The space is elegantly appointed in a simple but quality wood and mirror decorated motif, that says you are not at a traditional Chinatown Tea House with the FOBs from Kowloon where you can't hear yourself talk, because everyone else seems like they are shouting at once in Cantonese.
Our party of four waited 30 - 40 minutes for our table, at Noon the day after Christmas, known as Boxing Day in the British Commonwealth, which Hong Kong used to be a part of until 1997. We got an LED/Buzzer to hold in wait, like at Elephant Bar or The Yardhouse.
Once seated, service was very brisk, as dumpling carts descended on us with a battery of Pushers, Pimping Har Gow, Shiu Mai, Fun, Crab Claws, Chicken Feet, XLB, etc. The food was hot and tasty, and in the beginning, the service was great. We got a big clear glass pot of tea pretty quick, too.
But later the service waned a bit, sort of like those Hostess bars in Asia, where the prettiest girls sit with you for 30 minutes, then they disappear and are replaced by the motley crew, as the A team sits with the next new customers.
Finishing the dumplings, dung, and bao, we looked for a dessert cart, but it was MIA. So we stopped a waitress and asked for 2 Jin Doi and 1 pudding, and about 20 minutes later, we got 4 Jin Doi but no pudding. Oh well, they were nice and hot, like they should be, and covered in sesames, not just sprinkled.
Now that I am a little older, I don't eat 3am noodles followed by 2 pm the next day Dim Sum, like I used to. Sadly, it is more like 12 noon lunch and 6 pm dinner. But it is good to know that Yank Sing is still around as an option. I just need to find that Noodle house that is open until 3 am, like Hon's Won Ton or Great Eastern used to be.
- Yank SingMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Jul 31, 2013
The best Dim Sum of all time. A bit more on the fancy end of the spectrum, Yank Sing has absolutely amazing Dim Sum. Waiters roll by with baskets of steaming hot dumplings and other morsels. Pick the ones that look best to you. Skip the ones that don't. Its not open for dinner - lunches only, and you need a reservation.
- Yank SingMember ofFamily TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 5Jul 18, 2013
Yank Sing has amazing dim sum! I think some dim sum joints in Arcadia can top Yank Sing, but it is still delicious dim sum and probably the best in the Bay Area. It is pricier than the average restaurant for dim sum, but well worth it.Recommended for:Foodies
- Yank SingMar 31, 2013
13/20; Food 7/10, Ambience 4/5, Service 2/5. San Fran stalwart with probably the best Shanghai dumplings in town. Humongous space spilling into the inside (covered) courtyard of a mixed use high-rise downtown. Has all the trimmings, from servers with carts waving something under one's nose every few minutes, the clamour to go with it, and long queues on the weekends. Well worth the wait if excellent dim sum is what you are after.
- Yank SingDec 29, 2012
Huge dim sum restaurant. There are a couple of outlets. The one on Stevenson offers validated underground parking. It's a clean and efficiently run affair. It gets crowded towards noon on the weekend.
The shrimp dim sum are tasty. Try the Shanghai dumplings. Order a pot of tea.
- Yank SingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Sep 14, 2012
Now that I moved to Asia, I still miss Yank Sing. Stalwart dim sum with excellent offerings (huge options for any palate) and of course their signature XO Sauce - so hot, so garlicky, SO good. The Embarcadero Location is bigger and more corporate IMHO and the Market Street location is smaller and better for a non-business lunch. Consistently delicious Cantonese!