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Nom Wah Tea Parlor
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Today 10:30 am – 9:00 pm
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13 Doyers St New York, NY 10013
13 Doyers StreetUSNew YorkNew York10013
$$Chinese RestaurantToday 10:30 am – 9:00 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."
18 reviewers
"Go. Oldest existing dim sum restaurant in NYC. Delicious."
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Kate Kosche
4 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
a month 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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Paul Ruinaard
5 months ago
This is on the tourist route and the Lonely Planet guide so get there early, as the queue was long. Also featured in a number of movies including Spiderman, so it is popular. We sat at the counter and had a great meal. But be careful of over ordering as we had two of everything we ordered and it was a lot of food. Service is average and the experience was what I expected and wanted when in Chinatown. Excellent Dim Sum, my wife and I were very happy.
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Kevin Chan
5 months ago
The dim sum portions are larger than the usual plates of dim sum at other dim sum houses in the area. A bit more pricey for the value. Any of the dumplings and baked buns are great to order. I wouldn't recommend any of their deep fried items as the one we ordered the spring rolls came out dry and overcooked. A little different way in ordering as the dimsum doesn't come out in carts but rather you order it via the order sheet which tells me they make items to order which has everything coming out hot.
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Walter Lipman
3 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
2 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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D Nguyễn
6 months ago
This unique spot for dim sum on the side street has been around for ages. The inside is different than the usual chandelier draping halls of others in Chinatown. The booths and old feel of a tea parlor gives it character of old Shanghai where ladies in qipao sipping tea. Today, it is where the hipsters and flocks of guide book toting tourist go and try their hands at Dim Sum. What you also miss is the frenetic pace of steaming carts driven by cranky old Asian ladies pushing their wares. Here you order from the menu of marking quantities of desired items. The three of us sat a booth and looked over the menu. We ordered the usual staple of dim sum…shrimp shumai, shrimp rice crepes, chicken feet etc. I thought the service was friendly (another divergent from the dim sum houses), everything came out quickly and the food was pretty decent quality wise. The shocker is when the bill came. Dorothy isn’t in Shanghai. For our typical amount ordered for three people was like we ate at the Four Season’s of Dim Sum. It was nice to change the venue but there’s a reason why we stick to our usually place. No hipsters. No tourists. Heart cranky old Asian ladies pushing carts thanks. Wallet friendly.
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Antonia Meschke
6 months ago
Polite and good service. Reasonable prices. Food is not fancy but nice.


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