Dim Sum II Cranford, New Jersey

By on December 28, 2017

Dim Sum II Thai Chinese Cuisine is inauspiciously located in downtown Cranford, New Jersey across the street from the train station, and between the movie theatre and Track 5 Coffee.

Dim Sum opened in 1997 and has been around for a very long time. They treat their customers like family and always welcome newcomers. They offer dine in, take out, and delivery. They are one of the only Asian restaurants in the area that offers Gluten Free dishes. They say the response to these new iterations of Chinese have been met with wide acceptance. They hope you enjoy!

They say the best way to try a new place is to go on the worst day. And perhaps, that helps explain why I drove to Cranford when the temperature was 18 degrees at 1 pm in the afternoon.

Needless to say, I was the only diner in the joint and for that I was glad. I sat down, undid my woolen cap and mittens and began to peruse the four-page menu.

Since I wanted to survey dimsum, I only looked there and although there were many choices I stuck to a bowl of wonton soup, Scallion pancakes and B-B-Q Spare ribs. I knew those would be good because they didn’t bother to spell out barbeque.

The waiter, Hong Yee (not his real name) was attentive, but not intrusive, and busied himself when not serving with making wontons at a booth just a couple rows away.

This is an iconic practice in Chinese restaurants. Idle hands and all that. So I watched as this dedicated waiter completed a mountain of wontons that he carefully stacked on a tray.

This little restaurant epitomized the best in ethnic cuisine. It was spotlessly clean, carefully painted and the owner came by twice to ask how everything was.

The food was also clean, well prepared, and those wontons were especially good. I know, because I watched them being made.
Besides classic Cantonese dishes, they also offer Thai food, wheat and gluten free dishes and both Thai and Chinese food on lunch specials. It’s a winner.

The location is also good, being across from the train station and just steps away from the movie theatre and a coffee shop.
I give this place an A. Although it isn’t boastful, it does what it does with a great deal of care and it shows. Go!

(908) 653-0288
17 Eastman St
Cranford, NJ
Tuesday-Thursday 11a–9:30p
Friday-Saturday 11a–10:30p
Sunday 12p(noon)–9:30p

About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”