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Nom Wah Tea Parlor

13 Doyers St. (Pell St.) Send to Phone
Historic Chinese dim sum house takes on a new life in Chinatown.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily

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Nom Wah Tea Parlor, New York, NY

Nom Wah Tea Parlor Restaurant Review

About the restaurant & décor: Nom Wah Tea House has been a staple on Chinatown’s infamous Doyers Street since 1920. Historically, a place to go when you wanted an authentic Chinese meal and didn’t want to spend a lot of money and where you were in-and-out in less than 20 minutes, Nom Wah was known but not necessarily cherished. After what amounted to a makeover of sorts 90 years later when the owner’s younger nephew Wilson Tang took over the helm, Nom Wah has managed to achieve what other longtime restaurants could only dream of: it has become current in a cleaned-up retro diner sort of way. The room is laid out with white tile, yellow walls, red vinyl booths and tables dating from the 40s (now covered with checkered tablecloths). Legions of photos of guests past and present line the walls. At lunchtime, escapees from jury duty mix with tourists visiting Chinatown. During the evening hours, you might find more of the hipster crowd kicking off their evening of visiting nearby speakeasies.

Food & Drinks: The menu is mostly dim sum Chinese; you pick among choices like pan-fried pork dumplings, salt and pepper shrimp, and scallion pancakes and check them off on a paper list. They’re cooked up fresh this way, rather than the previous and still-popular mode of doling them out from a rolling cart. One item stands out and has been the most-ordered since the restaurant’s opening: the “original” egg roll. Although it’s designed to be shared between two or more people, it’s so tasty that you might just want to polish it off yourself after slathering it with the hot mustard, duck sauce and soy sauce that come to your table in a metal condiment caddy, as retro as a seltzer bottle might be in a Lower East Side deli. Basic beer and wine only are served.

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