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In English we'd say "Let's go for [some] dim sum."|
Some Chinese-Americans, who are a little more savvy about such things, might say "Let's have 'tea lunch' " (as an approximation of 饮茶) but that phrase is hardly common.
The movie Working Girl (1988) had this dialogue between Katherine (the boss), Ginny (another executive) and Tess (Katherine's secretary), involving dim sum:
KatherineSo, almost 20 years ago, dim sum seemed a bit "exotic" and trendy in mainstream America—not any more. :)
Being new in town, I thought I'd I throw a little cocktail thing
to introduce myself to the department, and Ginny here has some
great ideas. Would you jot them down?
The caterer is called "Acme Eats." You can get the number from
Information. They do the usual hors d'oeuvres and such. The
"Raging Bull" has a bartender service. And the liquor store on
Broadway and Liberty delivers. Got that, Bess?
Tess. Yeah, um, if that's the way you want to go.
You have another idea?
Well, I was just reading a thing in W about dim sum, these
little Chinese dumplings. There's a restaurant on Mott St. that
does them for cocktail parties.
Oh, I just love those little dumplings!
It might be more fun than the usual tidbits. I have it on my
desk. I could get it.
You read W?
I read a lot of things. I mean, you never know where the big
ideas could come from. You know?
Well, I guess you're right. If dumplings can be considered a big
idea. Well, that oughta get you started…
(And no one would suggest getting a number from "Information"—directory assistance—nowadays. You'd just Google it, Times have changed.)