New York City boasts one of the best food scenes in the world, including some of the most authentic dim sum restaurants outside of China. Busy, loud, eclectic and delicious, you won’t soon forget your NYC dim sum experience. Here’s are the best places for dim sum in Lower Manhattan.
This modern dim sum palace (in a large banquet hall) offers staples like fish balls, fried chicken feet and dumplings. If you’re into food that’s photogenic you’ll want to order the piggy buns—plump buns decorated as pig faces filled with sweet egg custard. They’re one of the most Instagrammable dim sum items you’ll find.
Joy Luck Palace. 98 Mott St. New York, NY. (212) 219-2828
Seafood specialties like baked Chilean sea bass and pan-fried whole flounder give Royal Seafood its name, but this restaurant isn’t just for pescatarians. An array of dumplings, pork buns and other favorites like lobster noodles and eggplant with short rib will have you going back for seconds and thirds.
Royal Seafood Restaurant. 103 Mott St, New York, NY. (212) 219-2338
A Chinatown staple since the 1920’s, Nom Wah is not only one of NYC’s oldest dim sum restaurants, but also one of it best. Order the beautifully wrapped shrimp dumplings, pan fried noodles and pork shumai, but whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the OG eggroll—it’s the OG for a reason.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor. 13 Doyers St, New York, NY. (212) 962-6047
Jing Fong is one of the coolest dim sum experiences in NYC. Get your number in the lobby and once it’s called you can head up the escalator, beneath the giant glittering chandelier, to the dining room that seats 1,000 people. This massive establishment still maintains some of the best food around and you can’t go wrong with the BBQ pork buns, shrimp rice noodles or pork and vegetable dumplings.
Jing Fong. 20 Elizabeth St, New York, NY. (212) 964-5256