Right in the middle of Doyers Street aka The Bloody Angle (find out the fascinating history of this street on our walking tour!) is the Nom Wah Tea Parlor (13 Doyers St), the oldest tea parlor in Chinatown. While the neighborhood may be constantly changing Nom Wah remains one of its mainstays. The feel, the décor and the menu are all reminiscent of all the good things from a different era of Chinatown, one from years past. Although there are a number of dim sum restaurants nearby, this spot offers a unique dining experience in New York City.
Unlike many dim sum restaurants, there are no dim sum carts at Nom Wah. Instead the dishes are made to order so you know that the food hasn’t been sitting around all day. If you have never been to Nom Wah Tea Parlor before, you must try their take on the original egg roll—it is their recipe. Trust us, it is unlike any other egg roll that you have tried before and it features a real egg! It is battered and fried to perfection. The roast pork bun is a classic and Nom Wah’s roast pork buns are huge and absolutely delicious. We also love the shrimp and snow pea leaf dumplings. It just pops with flavor in every bite. Last but certainly not least, their almond cookies are extremely addictive and trust us, it is really hard to eat just one.
Places like Nom Wah Tea Parlor are becoming increasingly rare in New York City. It is a neighborhood gem that is probably more popular than ever before. We definitely recommend checking out what the buzz is about—and you certainly can join one of our tours to experience this neighborhood gem.