New York Magazine

Dimmer & Summer

196 Smith St., nr. Baltic St.


“It was packed,” says general manager Leo Tan of this narrow dim sum shop’s opening day in July. “We had a full house all day.” The weekend crowds have stuck around, partly out of curiosity about a roving robot-cat server that patrols the dining room (really!) but also, Tan suggests, because there was a conspicuou­s gap in the market for tableservi­ce dim sum in the area. “I have never had so many people come in to my work,”he recalls, “to say, ‘Welcome to the neighborho­od!’”

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