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. Dim sum is typically served starting around 8 am until 2 pm, or sometimes later.
There are lots of great options to enjoy this cuisine in New York City's Chinatown neighborhoods. 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 suit you better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 percent meatless.
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.