Nom Wah Tea Parlor, New York

“I wanna wake up in a city that never sleeps…”

It’s happening right now, I’m in New York, one of my favourite cities. I feel alive here, energetic, weirdly safe, ecstatic and at home. Working here many years ago and being a frequent visitor since makes it much easier to slide back into local life.

I never get tired of seeing the landmarks, of not even trying to contain my excitement at the steam coming out from the grids in the street and of being on a constant search for the latest restaurant to try.

Which leads me to my latest find thanks to my lust and a constant yearning for Chinese cuisine. Let me introduce you to Chinatown’s first Dim Sum parlour since the 1920s.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Not much of the decor has changed, I’m talking mosaic tiles, vintage posters, and seating. The vibe is awesome. You rock up and wait for a table, there are no reservations. We only waited five minutes but if you had to wait longer, it is well worth it!





The menu is extensive and offers something for everyone with each dish averaging around the $5 mark.



A word of advice, you need to go here hungry and I mean almost salivating hungry!


Pan-fried noodle in superior soy sauce


Chinese greens in oyster sauce


House special roast pork bun


Shanghainese soup dumplings and Sui Mai


Spring rolls


Fried crab claw and fried sesame balls with lotus paste

The food is to die for, tasty isn’t the word, neither is divine or heavenly. Each item is de-lish!

The service is awesome, quick and timely. The staff are friendly and you feel part of the vibe. I couldn’t recommend this restaurant enough. It proudly boasts pictures of celebrities who have visited, it is an all-rounder of excellent food, service, location, decor and I love the fact that the owner Mr. Wally Tang has been cooking here since he was 16 in the 1950’s. How awesome.


This gives my favourite Singapore restaurant Din Tai Fung a run for its money, sorry guys!

An amazing New York find, one to add to your list!

N x

So hey you, yes you…I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.






  1. October 11, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    I’m going to have to stop at this place next time I get to NYC. This sounds like the place I’ve been looking for all my life. OMG Thank you

    • niccimcshane
      October 11, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      You’re welcome! I hope you love it as much as I did!

  2. October 16, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    I live here and I’ve got to check this place out!

    • niccimcshane
      October 16, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Oh definitely! It’s fabulous!! Such tasty food!

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