Chinatown is filled with numerous food spots such as Nom Wah Tea Parlor NYC. The restaurant opened in 1920 right on the street dubbed “The Bloody Angle”. Doyers Street used to be one of the most dangerous streets in America and this restaurant remained relatively untouched, except when they had to move right next door in the 60’s. Nom Wah Tea Parlor NYC is one of the original restaurants to get your dim sum fix. The menu also has a bunch of tea selections to go with your meal.
The restaurant has mostly been untouched besides a few renovations because of wear and tear. The entrance has their signature faded yellow wall with their red awning. We went to visit the restaurant on a Sunday around 4 and there was already a wait outside. The staff gives you a number and you wait until your number is called to be seated. They do a decent job of crowd control especially with the number of guests it attracts. Inside has a vintage-diner vibe to it. It almost feels like you’re stuck in the 1920’s. Each table has their own coat rack also which is pretty cool. Also, just a heads up, this restaurant only takes cash or an American Express card.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor NYC’s menu has a solid selection There’s dim sum, noodles, rice and their tea is its own separate menu. Each party is only allowed one type of tea and we decided to get oolong tea for the table. For noodles we went with their Pan Fried Noodle dish and with rice, we went with their sticky rice with Chinese sausage. As for dim sum we went with their shrimp dumplings, vegetarian dumplings and Shanghainese soup dumplings. The food was very good and tasted really fresh. This type of food could easily go for 8-10 dollars each in Midtown, Manhattan. At this restaurant however, dim sum ranges from 4-7 dollars with the pan fried noodles going for $12.50.
We felt satisfied at the end of our meal and our bill only came out to 45 dollars for two people. We had a great experience at Nom Wah Tea Parlor NYC and it is definitely worth the wait. If you want to learn more about the restaurant, please click here.