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Nom Wah Tea Parlor
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13 Doyers St New York, NY 10013
13 Doyers StreetUSNew YorkNew York10013
$$Chinese RestaurantToday 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 10:30 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 10:30 am – 9:00 pmThursday 10:30 am – 9:00 pmFriday 10:30 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 10:30 am – 10:00 pmSunday 10:30 am – 9:00 pm
The first Dim Sum Parlor in Chinatown since 1920. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @NomWah
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Vintage dim sum parlor dating back to 1920 with a drink menu that includes tea, beer & wine.- Google
"The shrimp and snow pea leaf dumplings are excellent, as are the soup dumplings."
"Go. Oldest existing dim sum restaurant in NYC. Delicious."
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Tyler Lund
a month ago
More authentic than some of the dumpling shops in Hong Kong, this 1920s Hong Kong style diner is among the best at what they do, which is dumplings. You order by penciling in your order on the menu sheet (don't worry, there are pictures). Most items are bigger than they look, so you don't need much. The rice rolls were unique, a bit squirmy in texture, but excellent when fully submerged in the sauce. The egg rolls are a bit different than delivery ones, much larger and made with actual egg. They could have used some meat in my opinion but luckily there was ample duck sauce. The pork rolls were immense and while the dough was nice and tender and the pork well seasoned, I think the balance could have been optimized as it was a bit dry. The shrimp dumplings were very good, and showed the strength of the total dumpling offering here. The soup dumplings were also strong, with excellent dough and a nice broth inside. The fried pork dumplings were the absolute strongest offering. The meat was excellent and the dumplings were perfectly crisped. Service is on par with a local Chinese delivery place crossed with a diner, so pretty sparse. Don't expect many drink refills. Nothing was outwardly unfriendly, but they didn't impress either. The decor is very diner focused. Cleanliness was not at the top of the priority list, especially when wiping down tables or in the restroom.
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Rowan Pritchard
2 months ago
Delicious food. No-nonsense service. Rock bottom prices. Love this place.
Alysia Wong
2 months ago
This place has the old school feel that I appreciate from my childhood. I remember stopping by here when I was much younger to buy frozen shrimp dumplings from the current owner's uncle. The food is really good, but don't expect to pay old school prices. Is it on par with what I've found in Vancouver or Toronto? Not quite, but really close.
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Walter Lipman
6 months ago
The service: efficient, and rushed. This is observation, not criticism, because this an extremely busy and well-loved restaurant in Chinatown. Dim Sum got its start in the United States in this restaurant, in 1920. Wilson Tang, the current owner, bought the place from his uncle, and has done a very careful and loving job buffing up the place; I won't say "restored", because he has been very careful to preserve every last bit of the considerable atmosphere Nom Wah Tea parlor has. My advice is to come here with a good attitude, a large crowd of friends, and reading matter, because you will wait. Once inside, order as many varieties of Dim Sum as you can, and enjoy it all. This tactic specifically calls for a large party; while the food is just as delicious if you're alone, or have only one person accompanying you, both the restaurant and the cuisine is geared to the enjoyment of large parties. So, enjoy!
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Adam D
5 months ago
Very tasty, very cheap dim sum. You order from a menu and a waiter brings it to you. I went in here with one other person, forgetting it was cash only. We scrounged up whatever singles happened to be hiding in our pockets and bags and were able to eat a satisfying lunch.
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Alex Ho
3 months ago
One of the legendary places for Yum Cha (Dim Sum for other people) in Chinatown though highly renovated. In the past before the renovations and Hollywood's apparent choice for a tea parlor in Chinatown, when you ordered say a particular Dim Sum this place but they don't have it, they would buy it from somewhere else (possibly Hop Shing) and bring it over to you. Overall good service though I cannot guarantee that they make the food. Ownership is likely different than say 4 years ago but it is certainly a much roomier and intimate place now than it was 4 years ago. Fans from the neighborhood would certain frequent this place though Hollywood has also had its commercialized effect at this place.
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Kate Kosche
7 months ago
Decent but not brilliant dim sum. Menu ordering, no carts. Very good spot if you're doing a self guided walking tour. I took visiting friends over the Brooklyn Bridge here for lunch. Very atmospheric and pretty good food and my guests (and their kids) really liked it because it was so different than they were used to. We then were in good position to explore Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side. I probably would not return on my own, (I would head to Flushing if food quality alone were the main criterion) but it was enjoyable and served it's purpose.
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Lawrence Chan
4 months ago
This establishment is supposedly the first dim sum restaurant in NYC's Chinatown. The food was surprisingly good. It's not anything like the large banquet halls that most of us are used to nowadays. This location is more like a diner. While the fare was delicious, be prepared to pay about twice the price. Personally, I didn't mind because it filtered out certain people I normally wouldn't mind seeing at typical dim sum restaurants. Two other cautions. If you are looking for the nostalgic pushed-carts with food, this place doesn't have it, which, in my opinion, is better because food doesn't sit around and tables near the kitchen won't get preferential treatment. Second, this place has a super limited dessert menu. Want dan tat? Not here. Yeah, no dan tat. Aside from those tiny flukes, it's a cozy place. I'd return, but have to get my sweets elsewhere.
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