Great Eastern Restaurant 1/1 by Tripoto
Michele Bigley
For a yummy lunch and the best dim sum in town try Great Eastern Restaurant on Jackson Street between Wentworth Pl and Cooper Alley, an authentic experience complete with white tablecloths and aquariums of live delicacies. There’s usually a decent wait time but the food is well worth it. Highlights are shrimp dumplings (har gow), pork dumplings (shumai) and lava buns. If you miss out on the dim sum, Peking duck satisfies every time. After lunch, mosey over to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory at Ross Alley at Jackson St. The ‘non-Chinese’ origin of these cookies is comically illustrated in The Joy Luck Club when Lindo Jong finds a job at a fortune cookie factory in Chinatown. After a few attempts at translating the fortunes in Chinese, she realizes the cookies contain “bad instruction” rather than good sense. Observe how cookies are made and purchase them fresh—they even have more racy fortunes. Or try the egg tarts and lotus pancakes.