NYC: Nom Wah Tea Parlor - NYC's first Dim Sum Restaurant

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - 13 Doyers Street, NYC, 10013


Always on the look out for a place to eat Dim Sum, I (Mirko), was told about Nom Wah Tea Parlor by a friend of mine on holiday in New York City (NYC). Nom Wah was opened in the 1920's and is touted as NYC's first Dim Sum restaurant. With tradition like this, I had to give it a try.

Upon entry for dinner, the place is bustling with people and a bonus - Dim Sum being served all day...yum!

A portion of the menu
After looking at the menu, we opted for some standard items (that I would typically get) so I could compare against other places I have been.

Shrimp and Egg Fried Rice ($12) and Shallot Pancakes ($4.50)
The Fried Rice was made with scrambled egg, peas, scallions and baby shrimp. Overall, the rice had a nice flavour and the chef did not skimp on the shrimp. The shallot pancakes are always a table favourite and these were no exception. Nice and thin, crispy and doused with Soy these made a nice start to the meal.

Char Siu Bao - $3.50
The Char Siu Bao was a little larger than I am used to and reminded me more of a Filipino Siopao (the Filipino equivalent of Char Siu Bao) in size. The bun itself was nice and soft and the flavour of the pork coupled with the caramalised onions was nice, however I would have preferred the filling to be a little sweeter than it was.

Xiao Long Bao - $4.50
The Xiao Long Bao were not as good as I had hoped. The XLB skin was a little thicker than it should have been and as a result, were not as soft. Whilst the flavour in the broth and the filling were nice, the skin itself was a let down for me.

Shrimp and Chive Dumplings - $4.75
The shrimp and chive dumplings had a nice flavour based on the combination of minced shrimp, pork and chives. This dumpling was then wrapped in a tapioca starch wrapper and pan fried. This is the first time that I have had this dish (with this type of wrapper). 

We also ordered some pork and shrimp Siu Mai ($4.50) as well as some shrimp dumplings ($4.50) both of which were really nice in flavour. 

Overall, I had a great experience at Nom Wah. The restaurant was busy and full of chatter, the food was good and the price very decent (approximately $50 in total for two people). And to be able to get Dim Sum items at all hours of the day - bonus! 

If anyone else has any favourite Dim Sum locations in NYC, leave a comment and I will be sure to try it out.

Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly: Some vegetarian options available.
Child Friendly: It is a tight squeeze, however child friendly if high chairs aren't required.

Ambiance: 4/5 - Busy, casual and has kept true to its old school roots 
Service: 3.5/5 - Friendly and prompt
Food: 7/10 

Overall, OTCB gives Nom Wah Tea Parlor 14.5/20 chops On The Chopping Board.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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