Nom Wah Tea Parlour, China Town, New York

China Town is a place of wonders.

I am yet to explore it to its full capacity, and I tell you what, I am excited for that day but in the meantime let’s look at Nom Wah Tea Parlor.

Hidden down a back street I would have walked past it not realizing it had such a great reputation behind it, filled to the brim with people I knew we were onto something good.

‘Serving dim sum since 1920’


We put our name down on the door for the 15 minute wait and hung around outside to be called.

As we entered we were escorted to diner-esque tables and offered a drink. This is no extravagant affair, this is a restaurant that has clearly been here for a while and is simplicity at its best. The surroundings match with the prices, but not necessarily the food.


You are given a pen and a piece of paper with the menu on it. We were so excited to order and wanted to order everything so we ended up scribbling all over it due to being indecisive – essentially making it unreadable to the waiter.

So we basically had to tell him everything we wanted as we had ruined the whole ‘tick what you want’ concept.

While this was happening we watched plates filled with food land at the different bustling tables – this place was very busy for a good reason.



We ordered:

  • House special roast pork pun
  • Soup dumplings
  • Pan fried pork dumplings
  • Spring rolls
  • Beef rice roll
  • Chicken siu mai
  • Pan-fried noodle in superior soy sauce


I’m not going to lie to you, nothing was pretty. I found it very hard to get photographs here – but that’s okay not everyone goes out to eat to take pictures of their food.

Or do they?

My favourite item out of EVERYTHING that we ordered was the soup dumplings, those bad boys go EVERYWHERE – I was not expecting the catastrophic squirting across half of the table, however they were truly delicious. The noodles were divine – if not an absolute ginormous portion.

In fact, 80% of it was incredibly tasty, thankfully there were three of us so we had little bites of everything and got to taste a wide range of things – we definitely ordered way too much as we could barely move after eating.


I would say avoid the beef rice rolls, these did not turn out as we had expected- slimy and plain with the chicken siu mai looking slightly off putting…

However, I would go back again and again.

Have you been here? What did you think?

Food: 4/5

Decor: 3/5

Service: 3/5

Price: 5/5 Dim Sum ranges from $3 – $7 Noodles are $12.5

Overall: 15/20

Recommend: Looking for somewhere in China Town you are guaranteed a good meal? You’ve found it (because trust me, it’s easy to stumble into the wrong ones).

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