The Best Dim Sum Restaurants in New York City

Enjoy Brunch Chinatown Style at Any of These Local Favorites

New York City is a great place to enjoy dim sum, whether it's your first time or a seasoned veteran of the morning delights. For those unaware, dim sum is typically served starting around 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., or sometimes later.

There are lots of great options to enjoy dim sum in New York City's Chinatown neighborhood, and most fall into two categories. Few things beat the excitement of Hong Kong style dim sum that has ever rotating pushcarts, where you can choose your dishes based on what looks best to you as it goes by. For those who want a more relaxed experience, a traditional restaurant where you order off of a menu may be best for you.

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    Nom Wah Tea Parlor

    Nom Wah Tea Parlor
    ••• Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Heather Cross

    First opened in 1920, Nom Wah is New York City's oldest dim sum parlor still in operation. Dim sum here is made to order and has become a popular spot, so expect a wait on, especially on the weekends.

    They offer a selection of different teas to drink with your dim sum, as well as a small selection of beer and wine.

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    Jing Fong Dim Sum Banquet Hall in Chinatown
    ••• Jing Fong Dim Sum Banquet Hall in Chinatown. Heather Cross

    If you want to experience the fun, bustling Hong Kong style dim sum pushcarts, this large banquet hall is a great choice. The servers at Jing Fong will offer you their dishes as they pass, but do not feel pressured to select everything. It's best to select one dish or two at a time so they will be hot when you eat them, and you can better gauge your hunger. 20 Elizabeth Street

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    Dim Sum Go Go

    Dim Sum Go Go Restaurant in Chinatown
    ••• Dim Sum Go Go Restaurant in Chinatown. Heather Cross

    If you're craving dim sum outside of the normal hours, Dim Sum Go Go is a good choice, because you can enjoy dim sum until well after dinnertime.

    Dim Sum Go Go is one of the more westernized dim sum spots, so it's great for first timers as the staff is not intimidating and it has a clean, open, and bright decor. Snow pea leaf and three-star dumplings are both recommended. 5 E. Broadway

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    Golden Unicorn

    Offering two floors of seating, the Golden Unicorn is a perennial favorite for dim sum served on push carts. The steamed shrimp dumplings with shark fin are highly recommended, as are the clams in black bean sauce. 18 East Broadway

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    Oriental Garden Restaurant in Chinatown
    ••• Oriental Garden Restaurant in Chinatown. Heather Cross

    Excellent dim sum options for seafood lovers, as this is their specialty. At Oriental Garden, dim sum is prepared to order in a more traditional way, which ensures higher quality offerings. 14 Elizabeth St

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    Ping's Seafood

    Ping's Seafood Restaurant Chinatown
    ••• Ping's Seafood Restaurant. Heather Cross

    You'd be hard-pressed to find fresher seafood than at Ping's. This restaurant is well-known for its fresh-killed fish dishes plucked directly from one of the fish tanks on display. 22 Mott St.

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    Red Egg

    Red Egg
    ••• Red Egg. Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

    One of New York City's newest dim sum restaurants, Red Egg serves traditional food in a modern, lounge-like setting. Visitors will appreciate the cleanliness, and that everything is made to order. Red Egg has dim sum menus for both daytime and evening, and it's a popular pick for families with kids. 22 Centre Street

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    Vegetarian Dim Sum House

    Vegetarian Dim Sum Restaurant
    ••• Vegetarian Dim Sum Restaurant. Heather Cross

    Vegetarian Dim Sum House is a great option if you have vegetarians in your group, or you're looking for a very delicious meatless meal. This dim sum house offers a variety of creative interpretations of common dim sum featuring mock chicken, mock pork and mock beef. Selections are diverse enough to satisfy even meat-eaters in the group, and they may not even believe that the meal was 100% meatless. 24 Pell Street

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    88 Palace Restaurant

    88 Palace
    ••• 88 Palace. Heather Cross

    This large, bustling restaurant serves dim sum Hong Kong-style. 88 Palace is located inside of a shopping mall in Chinatown, so there are lots of interesting things to look at when you head inside, and you may even be sat with strangers, so be aware of this advance. 88 E Broadway