Nom Wah Tea Parlor – Chinatown, New York

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Get lost in Chinatown’s jam-packed labyrinthine streets and you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a different continent.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

You’ll find busy, narrow streets and a dense, noisy neighbourhood atmosphere with an old-world authenticity.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Hole-in-the-wall restaurants and spas for every ache you can imagine. 

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Dragons roaring.

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Ladies tittle-tattling. 

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Square watermelons!

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Open-air fish markets.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Grace and beauty.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Stands filled with exotic foods and kitschy souvenirs.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Centuries-old apartment buildings.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Surprises after surprises.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Some of New York’s best restaurants from just about every province of mainland China and Hong Kong.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

And if you’re very lucky, you’ll find Nom Wah Tea Parlor.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

If you, like us, believe a good eating experience is supposed to evoke all of your senses then this is your place. It’s a tiny restaurant, but full of flavour. 

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Parties of 2 are walk-in only so prepare to wait – it’s worth it. Reservations available for larger parties during weekdays.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Originally opened in 1920, Nom Wah Tea Parlor is NYC’s oldest dim sum parlour and is located in the heart of Chinatown.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

 This throwback gem is packed and buzzing.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Simply tick your order on the list and wait for few minutes.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Fluffiest steamed bun filled with pork and caramelised onions.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Eggplants (aubergines) stuffed with deep fried shrimp paste and served with brown sauce and scallions.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Pan-fried scallion pancakes.

Seasonal fresh Chinese broccoli blanched and served with oyster sauce.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Crunchy and juicy pan-fried chicken and cabbage dumplings.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Shrimp and egg-fried rice with peas and scallions.

NOM WAH TEA PARLOUR, Chinatown, New York | Karoliina Kazi

Take a piece of Chinatown away with you and purchase a box of Sesame Balls with lotus paste to nibble while you wander to your next location.

NOM WAH TEA PARLOR

13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013  |  +1 212-962-6047  |  website

29 Comments

  1. 1st March 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Lovely pictures! I’ve been to NY twice (last time being 10 years ago) but I remember how fascinated I was when I entered Chinatown for the first time. Thanks for bringing me back. Now let’s talk about the square watermelons… Are they for real? 🙂

    Milla
    http://www.yogiwithwanderlust.com

    • 1st March 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Thank you, Milla! It’s quite an adventure walking the streets. The square watermelons are definitely something I had never seen before, but apparently, it’s relatively easy to turn them square when the fruits is growing… all man-made of course and for the looks only 🙂

  2. 1st March 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Seems like a great restaurant! We also have a chinatown here in the Philippines and it’s very nostalgic to see similarities in your pictures. You’re observations are very accurate of what we have here.

    • 2nd March 2017 / 8:36 am

      We have a Chinatown here in London as well, but it’s not quite as big and vibrant as it is in New York. I would love to visit the Philippines one day – it looks beautiful and everyone I meet from the Philippines is always so friendly and nice. My uncle’s wife is from there and my youngest cousin is absolutely gorgeous. They travel there so perhaps I tag along sometime 🙂

  3. 1st March 2017 / 6:01 pm

    SQUARE WATERMELONS, you had me there! Oh my goodness, that sounds like a place to visit. 🙂 loving the pictures, the whole atmosphere can be seen so well 🙂

    • 2nd March 2017 / 8:38 am

      Yes, Jasmin, square watermelons.. apparently there are heart shaped ones out there too. Crazy.

      • 2nd March 2017 / 6:14 pm

        HEART SHAPED ONES!? Oh my god. I need those in my life haha 😀

  4. helenevlacho
    1st March 2017 / 6:49 pm

    I want so much to visit New York. Your post is fantastic, all these pictures and the food! I need to save more every month for my trip!

    • 2nd March 2017 / 8:40 am

      Thank you Helene, thats so sweet. I’m sure you will love it there!

    • 2nd March 2017 / 8:44 am

      I must have missed that… there is so much to see and every corner has something interesting, love it!

  5. 2nd March 2017 / 9:51 am

    I’ve been to China Town in London and it was fantastic but this looks incredible and the food looks yum! x

  6. 2nd March 2017 / 10:44 am

    Amazing photos I like this post a lot 😀

  7. 2nd March 2017 / 10:44 am

    Thanks for taking us through a tour around New York’s China Town! Love it.

  8. 2nd March 2017 / 12:42 pm

    I’m a huge fan of NYC and all the Asian food in general. I’ve eating in China Town couple of times and the food has always been amazing and very valuably priced. I wish I can travel back soon and try this restaurant out. 🙂

    • 2nd March 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Its a like a mini holiday if you live in NYC and like you said, most places, (including Nom Was Tea Parlor) have great value for delicious food.

      • 2nd March 2017 / 8:43 pm

        Yep! Have you tried Korea Town in NYC? It’s a little less known but there is plenty of good food and bubble tea available, I love visiting there too when in NYC 🙂

        • 2nd March 2017 / 9:01 pm

          Yes I have, its great. My husband use to eat there all the time when we lived in the city.

  9. 2nd March 2017 / 4:39 pm

    The food looks and sounds so good, it looks like it’s not changed too much since the 1920s either. Amazing photos and its really weird seeing square watermelons 😄

    • 2nd March 2017 / 5:21 pm

      It was delicious, I wish it wasn’t so far away from London 🙂 Yes, the watermelons are totally weird.

  10. 3rd March 2017 / 9:32 am

    Not gonna lie, Chinese food is abundant where I’m from, so I avoid it as much as I can but your photos were so appetizing.. Also, square watermelons. What!!!

    • 3rd March 2017 / 10:40 am

      I like a lot of variety and we’re really lucky to have food from pretty much everywhere in London 🙂 Yup, they’re square 🙂

  11. 3rd March 2017 / 10:29 am

    Those square watermelons look like candles! !! What an interesting place! When I jus Ed to watch meat pork buns were my absolute favourite! Ree love30

    • 3rd March 2017 / 10:35 am

      Hi Ree – Bbq pork buns are my favourite too 🙂

    • 6th March 2017 / 11:31 am

      No, I didn’t try any 🙂 They look interesting though and I’m sure they taste the same.

  12. 6th March 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Wonderful photos . Thankyou for giving such a good insight before I can afford to get there myself. X

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