Some of the best Chinese food in New York City comes in the form of dim sum. From unique new dumpling recipes to the authentic classics, dim sum has something for everyone. Here are a few of the best restaurants for dim sum in New York City:
1. East Harbor Seafood Palace
If you want to get dim sum in Brooklyn rather than Manhattan, Sunset Park’s Chinatown is the place to go. There you will find East Harbor Seafood Palace, a large banquet facility that attracts even larger crowds. When you get to try the dishes, you won’t be surprised that the restaurant is jam packed. The flour dumplings stuffed with peanuts, mushrooms and pork have a sweet nutty flavor to emphasize the culinary influence of Southeast Asia. Fresh noodle wraps filled with chicken, carrots and celery are equally delicious. The steamer carts pass by quickly so you have to move fast, but whatever food you grab, you’re bound to discover something delicious.
2. Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Located in the crook of Manhattan’s Doyers Street in Chinatown, Nom Wah Tea Parlor is New York City’s first dim sum house. While it has since changed management between families, this dim sum house has maintained a reputation as one of the best eateries in New York City. In 2010, Wilson Tang gained ownership of the restaurant and decided to give it a makeover. In addition to changing it aesthetically, he changed the cooking process. Instead of cooking dim sum en masse as was done previously, Nom Wah Tea Parlor now cooks each plate to order. The dim sum stands out amongst the rest for its freshness. Some of the best dishes are the roast pork bun, the stuffed eggplant and the flakey egg roll.
3. Jade Asian Restaurant
Jade Asian Restaurant is one of the best dim sum places in Flushing. With a modern understated environment and incredible flavors, Jade Asian provides a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Chef and owner Peter How creates updated versions of all the classic dishes. Turnip cakes are given a kick when Chef How stir-fries them with chilies, bacon and scallions. The barbecued pork buns are exceptionally meaty and have an impressively fluffy bao, or buns. If you dine at Jade Asian Restaurant, you’ll want to come back.
4. Bamboo Garden Restaurant
Sunset Park’s Chinatown in Brooklyn continues to knock it out of the park with this large dining hall. Bamboo Garden Restaurant serves affordable food while adorning the restaurant with grandiose decor like a chandelier and a giant dragon. It serves the traditional dim sum recipes in a new and inventive way while aso presenting some completely new forms of dim sum. On midday hours during the weekends, this restaurant is packed, but these are definitely the hours to visit since you will find the widest variety of food. From fried Chinese puff pastries with red bean paste to sweet yellow crepes flavored with peanut and coconut, this restaurant will provide you with a number of unique and delicious dishes.
New York City is filled to the brim with dim sum restaurants. While they all have something unique to offer, the restaurants on this list are the best of the best. If you visit any of these restaurants you’re bound to have an experience that you, and your taste buds, will remember.