I recently went with my cousin to the Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown for a late lunch. Nom Wah has been in business since 1920 and was Chinatown’s first dim sum parlor. I wanted to try Nom Wah since I saw the restaurant featured on a show about small business owners in NYC (gotta love the NYC channel!). Nom Wah was recently taken over and renovated by the owner’s twenty-something year old nephew, but he kept all of the traditional accents, like the antique register and formica bar and stools.
The restaurant’s decor was cute and old fashion. Upon arrival we were given laminated menus with photos and a paper checklist to select what we wanted. The menu identified vegetarian dishes and even gluten free. Almost all of the plates were $3.50, although the vegetable plates were $7.95. Tea was $1 to $1.50 per person depending on the flavor.
We didn’t know what to expect because the dishes were so inexpensive. We selected five and ended up with A LOT of food:
I also ordered shrimp and scallion dumplings and they were actually my favorite dish, but I forgot to photograph them. Next time I would be curious to try one of the vegetable dishes too.
We also ordered jasmin tea, which was delicious and very fragrant. I got the famous almond cookie to go, but I ended up not liking it (I was hoping it would taste like marzipan, but it didn’t). The cookie was fresh though, so I have a feeling I just don’t like almond cookies and it’s probably not reflective of Nom Wah. Overall I really enjoyed the meal and the old world setting.