Nom Wah

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Dim Sum Restaurant and Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, New York
  • The experts at Time Out New York and Village Voice recommend this place
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    • Village Voice
  • Emily B.
    "Giant pork buns, the best I've had in the city so far."(51 Tips)
    "Soup dumplings & HUGE sweet fluffy steamed pork buns!"(23 Tips)
    Premshree P.
    "Get the shrimp and snow pea leaf dumplings; also the taro dumplings."(8 Tips)
    Annie L.
    "The original "egg rolls" and the pork buns are a must have."(4 Tips)
331 Tips and reviews
  • dim sum
  • dumplings
  • pork buns
  • casual
  • authentic
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  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 23, 2013
    This 92-year-old Chinatown restaurant serves terrific dim sum in a dining room with old-school charm. This is a great place to go for a cheap and satisfying meal in Chinatown. [Eater 38 Member]
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 17, 2013
    The oldest dim sum restaurant in the city, and it's still just as good as it was in 1920 (so we hear). The shrimp and snow pea leaf dumplings are excellent, as are the soup dumplings.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 11, 2015
    You have to respect the city's oldest dim sum parlor, which looks like a Law and Order set piece in the best of ways. The dim sum here won't blow your mind, but it's solid.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    Fifty-six classic dim sum options span the menu and can be washed down with a variety of Asian teas. Go and see for yourself—at prices like these, sampling across the board remains easy on the wallet. Read more
  • Cheryl H.
    Cheryl HuangOctober 6, 2014
    It's one of the best dim sum place in NYC. It is almost as good as the authentic dim sum you can get in Asia. It's really yummy. I like the restaurant has a 70's vantage tea house look to it.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the steamed-to-order shrimp-and-snow-pea-leaf dumplings, packed with minced shrimp, flecks of scallions and bright, fresh snow-pea leaves. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundJune 3, 2015
    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. Cash and Amex
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NguyenJanuary 10
    I love you Nom Wah. I love you for your interior, easy-to-order menu, and fresh dumplings. Wish you didn't draw such a crowd on weekends and wish you served Wu Gok. No carts, no cards (except Amex).
  • Dan U.
    Dan UckoMay 29
    Exceptional and affordable dim sum - was pleased with suggestions for giant pork bun, giant egg roll, shrimp dumplings and soup dumplings. Plus green tea for a dollar and sesame rolls for dessert!
  • Jaein N.
    Jaein NhaJuly 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Although the menu shows the things that are "gluten free", if you are celiac be careful with what you choose but really amazing when you cautiously choose menu items. Rice rolls are safe and yummy!
  • Tiger Beer
    Tiger BeerSeptember 14, 2016
    Treat yourself to a $3 Tiger Beer at Nom Wah Tea Parlor as you explore the LES' 100 GATES Project, an open-art exhibition comprised of 100 street murals painted by notable artists on exterior gates. Read more
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelAugust 17, 2012
    Eat this: shrimp & snow pea leaf dumplings, cilantro & scallion rice roll, shrimp & bacon roll, roast pork pun, chinese broccoli w/ oyster sauce, Shanghainese soup dumplings, + shrimp & egg fried rice
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    Almost everything here excites the taste buds, though standouts include all of the steamed rice rolls, North China-style fried dumplings, siu mai, and fluffy roast pork buns. Read more
  • samantha h.
    samantha hankinsAugust 8, 2014
    LOVE for dim sum, tho not a typical experience (no carts). Shrimp and snow pea leaf dumpling and Turnip cake in XO Sauce (not pictured) for days!!! Decent soup dumplings, but def not the star here.
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestAugust 11, 2016
    Nom Wah Tea Parlor is one of our favorite Chinatown spots for dim sum. Opt for the taro dumplings, turnip cake, shrimp sui mai and the special pan-fried dumpling. Read more
  • That G.
    That GirlAugust 25, 2015
    House dumplings are great. Pork buns are huge. Shrimp and pea dumplings are something else - in a good way.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeySeptember 22, 2014
    A cozy, diner style Chinese restaurant with some of the most amazing food. Definitely get the pork ribs and the shrimp and snow pea dumplings.
  • Hoyin T.
    Hoyin TongOctober 13, 2013
    Don't be deterred by the C rating, this dim sum place hits all the right notes! I rather enjoy having the checklist > waiting for the ladies to roll their carts around. Delicious & homey. Highly rec'd
  • Marc
    MarcJuly 8, 2016
    Thrillist top all-u-can-eat meals: unadvertised, unlimited dimsum; Groups of 10+ reserve table for 2.5hours. 10 dishes w/constant refills - exception of samp platters &fried crab. Unlimited beer&wine
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 30, 2013
    "The charming dim sum vet (it’s the oldest in Chinatown) teems with charm: vintage exterior, old-school booths, checkered tablecloths. We suggest the house special pan-fried dumpling platter."
  • Aditi
    AditiFebruary 1, 2016
    Soup dumplings & HUGE sweet fluffy steamed pork buns! Don't leave the area when waiting. If you're not there when your number is called your spot will be gone!
  • Luke K.
    Luke KingmaMay 28, 2013
    Chinatown's oldest Dim Sum house. They've traded metal carts for paper cards, so bring your reading glasses. The Salt & Pepper Spare Rib has earned a check mark. Add a pot of tea to any meal for $1!
  • Jasmine
    JasmineApril 19, 2016
    Well-edited Chinese dim sum/diner menu, but still too easy to over-order. Everything was perfectly cooked. Expect to spend $20 per person. Cash/Amex only.
  • Rebecca M.
    Lives up to the hype. I don't recommend ordering more than 2 plates per person unless it's the only meal of the day. Go for 1 pork bun and crab claw and some dumplings to share.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChungOctober 11, 2016
    Freshly made-to-order dim sum that is sumptuous and delicious. The wrapping skins, though, could be a little thinner, and that would be perfection!
  • Chelsea B.
    #FabuLIST #DubiDO BBQ pork bun, shrimp snow pea dumpling, fried sesame balls, shrimp rice roll #DubiDONT expect soup dumplings to be better than Joes shanghai. Vegetable dumplings weren't very good.
    COOLHAUSJuly 15, 2012
    Tucked away on a small street in Chinatown, COOLHAUS staff head here on Sundays to escape the ever-growing brunch crowd in Williamsburg. All dimsum is made-to-order and their menu is tourist-friendly!
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Though it's not quite as "authentic" as some of Chinatown, Flushing or Sunset Park's spots, Nom Wah is a tasty, entertaining experience for a family crew. Read more
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128May 17, 2012
    Established 1920, moved down street 1968. Neighborhood staple for steamed buns, dim sum and tea. Most famous for homemade lotus paste and red bean filling for moon cake during the autumn festival.
  • Reagan B.
    Reagan BarbosaNovember 20, 2016
    I personally think their pork buns are better than the dumplings. Pork buns are the best I've had. Dumpling Man in East Village are the best dumplings I've had in the city.
  • Darren L.
    Darren LachtmanNovember 17, 2012
    One of my new fav spots....resisted the temptation to stray away from the dumplings and just kept ordering variations of shrimp/pork house specialities. Highly recommend that strategy
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GabbertApril 15, 2013
    Be sure to get "original" (and massive) egg roll. Also the Crab Claw (waitstaff calls it "the Bomb", though I would call it "Ebirah". The higher-end teas are very nice, too.
  • Nicholas D.
    Nicholas DoyleJanuary 6, 2014
    The pork steam bun (#1) is definitely... #1. Don't miss it. Steam bun sampler was heavy on shrimp, which may be good or bad for you. Nice tea selection. The bathroom is cold as hell.
  • Yami A.
    Yami AlonsoApril 18, 2016
    Nom Wah is my favorite dim sum spot in the city. Their pork buns are unreal, must get. Black jasmine tea great add on to meal. Very cheap but always slammed on Sunday's
  • David B.
    David BanJune 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tasty dim sum with minimum fuss. Get the snow pea shoot dumplings, and get there before 9pm - they close early.
  • Mabel C.
    Mabel ChungJanuary 21, 2013
    I grew up in Chinatown, but we've never been to Nom Wah. Finally brought my mom here. She agreed the food is avg. But the old fashioned food and decor brought back such wonderful childhood memories.
  • Tyler Y.
    Tyler YangAugust 7, 2014
    Absolutely love this place! Some of the best dim sum I have ever had & I've had a lot! Super homemade feel, with a casual diner atmosphere. Highly recommended!
  • Christine D.
    Christine DoubletJune 28, 2014
    Shrimp & snow pea leaf dumplings, soup dumplings, steamed rice roll, scallion pancakes are musts. Avoid the shrimp and bacon!
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BatchelderAugust 18, 2015
    Really amazing dumplings. I will say though, if you can't get in here go to the hidden dumpling gem called 456 Shanghai Cuisine. They have fantastic food too.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 14, 2013
    New York City's oldest and most venerated dim sum parlor given new life, home to some of the best rice rolls in Chinatown.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonMay 8, 2016
    Shrimp rice roll FTW. Skip the soup dumplings--too doughy. The steamed bok choy with oyster sauce is nice and balances out all the carbs you'll inevitably consume.
  • Hani E.
    Hani EJuly 24, 2016
    Almost everything! The ambiance is awesome and the food is delicious- skip the vegetarian dumplings however, they're a bit disappointing.
  • Adaora O.
    Adaora OputaJune 14, 2015
    All the dim sum here is really really good! Great idea to order a bunch of dishes and share - they generally come in portions of 4, so ideal for 4 people!
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonFebruary 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The best dim sum in NYC! No question! Food is amazing!! Have only had half the menu, need to work my way through the other half! A few standouts: shumai, egg roll, broccoli, crab claw!
  • Joan P.
    Joan ParkOctober 19, 2014
    order the turnip cake, shrimp shu mai and shrimp & snow pea leaf dumplings. skip the scallion pancake and pork bun.
  • Annie L.
    Annie LiangNovember 1, 2013
    The original "egg rolls" and the pork buns are a must have.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan W.November 10, 2013
    Shrimp and a snow pea shrimp dumplings. Very good dim sum and cool place, but I don't think it's worth an hour wait. Go during off peak times.
  • Adrian L.
    Adrian LeungJuly 16, 2012
    Honestly the quality of dim sum is average but you go there to experience the old Hong Kong! I appreciate the new owner's effort in maintaining the authenticity by adding a modern touch!
  • Haley J.
    Haley JonesDecember 1, 2012
    The pork buns are gigantic and delightful. My date and I had a huge dinner AND drinks for $30. Super cute diner feel and fresh dim sum. LOVE IT.
  • Max S.
    Max SklarJune 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    In the movie Premium Rush (2012), J Gordon-Levitt's character had to make a delivery here while being chased by a corrupt cop. It all ended on Doyers street in front of the Nom Wah Tea Parlor.
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