Dim Sum House by Jane G’s Heading To Northern Liberties/ Fishtown

Look for location number three of the late-night dim sum restaurant later this year or in early 2023.
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Jane Guo and Jackson Fu late Wednesday announced a brand new third location for Dim Sum House by Jane G’s, planned for the Liberty Square development, at 1214 N. American Street.

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The mother and son duo will bring the city’s largest dim sum restaurant, bar, and lounge to a 6,000-foot space with seating for around 100+ guests, with the final numbers still in the works.

For the first time ever, Dim Sum House will head outdoors with a new covered dim sum and cocktail garden that will seat around 100+ guests and 3,000 square feet of space. The indoor and outdoor space combined make this the largest Dim Sum House restaurant to date.

From the kitchen, guests will enjoy a menu that focuses on two authentic styles of Chinese dim sum (Shanghai and Cantonese), plus fried rice, noodles, chef specialties, and familiar Chinese favorites from the Jiang Nan region of China. Notable favorites include Dim Sum House’s celebrated Pork Soup Dumplings, Dan Dan Noodles, Roast Pork Bao, Peking Duck, Pork Belly & Mustard Greens, Hot and Sour Soup, and Norwegian Whole King Crab done three ways.

The menu will feature ample vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free offerings. At the bar, look for a full line of spirits, eight wines by the glass, over 35 wines by the bottle, and eight cocktails (all inspired by awesome old-school kung fu/martial arts movies).

This location will have the largest selection of beers for any Dim Sum House location with eight on tap and around two dozen in total. The opening date is expected later this year or early in 2023, with more details to come.

“Fishtown and Northern Liberties, here we come,” Fu said in a press release. “After the huge success of our pop-up dim sum shop at the Piazza Pod Park several years ago we were being flooded with requests to open in Northern Liberties. After an extensive search, and a pause during the pandemic, we are thrilled to announce our new third home. It was well worth the wait, as we found a truly unique space that will let us expand outside for the first time ever. We always wanted to have a permanent outdoor concept, and we can’t wait to spend spring and summer nights with everyone under the red lanterns and the stars.”

Dim Sum House by Jane G’s is owned and operated by a family with long ties to the Philadelphia and regional culinary scene. Guo is considered one of the region’s leading female restaurant pioneers with a career and restaurants dating back to the 1980s.  Fu and Guo own and operate the original Dim Sum House that currently exists at 3939 Chestnut Street, and they also own and operate the newest location at 1930 Chestnut which opened at the start of the pandemic, in early 2020. Later this month, the duo will grand open a new venue and new concept that has been three years in the making. They will also grand open a second new concept later in April or May.

Guo, with help from her son over the years, has owned and operated other restaurants in the region going back for decades. The two are joined in the family by another well-known member of the culinary community. Fu’s wife, and Guo’s daughter-in-law, Sally Song owns the award-winning Dim Sum Garden in Chinatown.

When opened, Dim Sum House by Jane G’s Northern Liberties/ Fishtown will include lunch, dinner, and bar service seven days a week, with hours expected to be Mondays through Thursdays from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm, Fridays from 11:30 am to 11:00 pm, Saturdays from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Sundays from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. They will expand for late-night and evolve as the date gets closer.  They will offer catering service, private event space, and delivery through all standard platforms. They will also launch their reservation system for dining as the date approaches. Dim Sum House is located near several major SEPTA lines, and there is on-street parking in the immediate area.

Dim Sum literally means “touch the heart” in Chinese and is a dining tradition originating thousands of years ago in small tea houses lining heavily traveled roads. Focusing on small dishes meant for sharing, these small tea houses were meant to provide nourishment and sustenance for travel-weary guests, usually merchants and traders.  

Dim Sum House’s menu will be a combination of Shanghai Style Dim Sum (soup dumplings) and Cantonese Style Dim Sum (a la carte style instead of the pushcarts). Shanghai Dim Sum items tend to be a little sweeter, whereas Cantonese is more seafood-heavy and more light and delicate, natural taste of foods.

Among Shanghai cuisine, the most world-renowned dish is the Shanghai Pork Soup Dumpling. Thin, flour wraps of juicy pork broth served with sliced ginger vinaigrette, this delicacy is a crowd favorite in any country. Guests can enjoy different pork-filling-based soup dumplings from original, crab & pork, extra spicy, and pan-fried. Other favorites include the donut-like consistency of pumpkin tarts, curry chicken dumplings, and vegan-friendly vegetable bao buns.

Cantonese Dim Sum is among the four pillars of Cantonese Cuisine. The mainstay tradition of tea houses serving small plates for sharing, carried thousands of years to present day where endless tea is served with a wonderful variation of sweet & savory small share plates. Ranging from delicate pastries, to light seafood dumplings to hearty, glutinous sticky rice, Cantonese dim sum is still enjoyed today by the millions.

On top of two styles of dim sum, look for entrees and favorites from the region of Jiang Nan (or South of the river), which is comprised of mainly Shanghai, Canton, & ZheJiang cuisines. The South-Eastern coast of China prides itself in heavy seafood-oriented dishes with a focus on the natural taste of ingredients. A nice balance of vegetarian dishes, light pork dishes, and even subtly sweet seafood, Jiang Nan Cuisine ranks among some of the top cuisines in the world.

Patrons will find special sections with offerings that are gluten free, vegan and vegetarian. Ten new dishes are also added to the menu, including Vegan friendly Soup Dishes, Steamed Lobster with Canton Noodles, Honey Vinegar Spare Ribs, Garlic Seaweed Salad, Stir Fry Brussel Sprout and Stir Fry Cauliflower.

The menus and culinary vision at Rittenhouse mirror the same as those in University City, with slight changes and some exclusive dishes.

The new Dim Sum House will feature an upgraded and expanded bar program with eight beer selections on draft and up to two dozen in total with cans and bottles, plus a full-service bar with wine, spirits, signature cocktails, and sake. The inspiration for the bar program came from Fu’s love for Asian culture and the quality and interesting ingredients that Dim Sum House can use. For this location, look for the addition of specially crafted frozen drinks, a menu for the outdoor dim sum and cocktail garden, and other surprises. They will also expand tea and coffee selections for this location.

For signature cocktails, look for cocktails named from awesome old school kung fu/martial arts movies and of course, cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. “There are a lot of odes to old school classic feel cocktails from the ’20s and ’30s and pre-prohibition,” Fu said.

For interior design, look for Old Shanghai-inspired rustic and old woodwork decor with a simple and modern flair. For design, look for the interior vibes to resemble the original dim sum house in University City. This location will also feature a 20+ foot long bar, a private dining room, and extended ceilings over 14 feet tall.

For private events, Dim Sum House will be able to host private and semi-private events in up to four unique spaces that include a completely private dining and VIP room that will seat 20 people. That room will feature ornate woodwork and custom designs.

For outdoors, look for the debut of a unique dim sum and cocktail garden that will feature seating perfect for date nights up to larger groups, with frozen drinks, beers on tap, classic Chinese red lanterns, overhead beer garden lighting, lush plants, colorful flowers, fans, heat-lamps, and Chinese-inspired decor.

Photo: Official
Photo: Official
Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

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