Looking for real-deal Chinese food? We’ve got you covered: Nom Wah Tea Parlor is your answer. This is not the place for a romantic and intimate evening, but a place to enjoy good, quality Chinese food.
- Why it’s worth it: Nom Wah Tea Parlor is known as the first dim sum parlor in NYC, and has been around since 1920… and there are 56 classic dim sum options on the menu… all for under $10.
- Vibe: This is not your typical dim sum ‘straunt. Outside, you will have to hunt for this ‘straunt, but inside you will be faced with yellow walls covered with framed photographs of movie stars and red booths, each with a coat stand and a red-and-white-checked tablecloth. All of these aspects and a vintage diner counter add to Nom Wah’s charming ambiance.
- Layout: One large dining room: a tiny bar and a collection of circular and square tables as well as booths.
- Ideal meal: Any of the following items: pork sui mai ($4), scallion pancakes ($4), the original egg roll ($5.95), roast pork bun ($1.95), vegetarian dumpling ($3.50, rice roll ($2.50), egg fried rice ($8.50), pan fried noodle with superior soy sauce ($8.95)
- F.Y.I.: Nom Wah has no carts. The same small plates of delicious dim sum delights are being served; however, they are all made to order and waiters deliver them to you personally. Also, much of the menu is gluten-free and there are some vegetarian options.
- People behind Nom Wah Tea Parlor: Wilson Tang left a job in finance to take over Nom Wah from his uncle, Wally Tang, who started working there in 1950, at age 16, and bought it in 1974.
- Address: Chinatown, 13 Doyers St. (between Pell St and Bowery)
- Prices: $2.50- $9.95
- Feel like you saved a bunch of money by switching your dinner ‘straunt to Nom Wah?… then head to the awesome speakeasy next door, Apotheke.