City Guide: New York

By Kiri Tannenbaum

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

The oldest-running Chinese restaurant in New York City serving phenomenal dim sum.

Chinatown is riddled with eateries, many of which opened during the restaurant boom in the ’80s. But it is Nom Wah Tea Parlor that holds the honor of being the oldest-running Chinese restaurant in New York City. It is here on Doyers Street, once known for its bloody gang battles in the early 20th century, that diners come to feast on a range of Cantonese-style dim sum. Plates of pillowy roast pork buns, bright shrimp shumai, dumplings both boiled or pan-fried and soup dumplings bursting with savory broth. Nom Wah is a neighborhood stalwart built on its reputation for its Chinese pastries, so be sure to have your tea with the nearly century-old almond cookies filled with lotus paste.

Must try:
Shrimp and Snow Pea Leaf Dumplings
Culinary Institution / Dim Sum
Reservations: Only for parties greater than 2 people.
Hours: Mon–Sun: 10:30AM–10:00PM
Location: Chinatown
Address: 11-13 Doyers Street
Phone: (212) 962-6047
  • Subway: J/M/Z to Chambers
  • Bus: M103 to Bowery at Bayard
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