Nom Wah Tea Parlor – Chinatown, New York

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

When you are visiting New York, it’s worth getting 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.

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

Ladies tittle-tattling.

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Square watermelons!

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

Stands filled with exotic foods and kitschy souvenirs. Open-air fish markets.

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

Beauty and grace.

Centuries-old apartment buildings. Surprises after surprises.

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

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

 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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