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The 14 best dim sum spots in NYC

Published On 08/11/2014 Published On 08/11/2014
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1. Nom Wah Tea Parlor 13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013 (Chinatown)

Located in the heart of Chinatown, Nom Wah has been around in some form since 1920. It's been a bakery, kitchen, and now it's a dim sum specialist and tea house. Today, it still maintains its vintage looks and if you want to taste their claim to fame, order the fried sesame balls with lotus paste and the almond cookie.

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2. Jing Fong Restaurant 20 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013 (Chinatown)

As one of New York's largest traditional Cantonese restaurants (it has more than 120 tables), Jing Fong has offered upwards of 100 varieties of dim sum and other traditional Chinese dishes for more than 30 years. Grab a number, count to a million (there's gonna be a wait), then prepare to ascend the magical escalators to weekend dim sum glory in a sprawling dining room.

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3. Dim Sum Go Go 5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038 (Chinatown)

Join the global crowds digging into the huge list of dumplings that trend on the eclectic side (think fillings like bamboo) and other creative snacks like Go Go Hamburgers in steamed buns at this Chinatown spot. They also feature lots of veggie options for those averse to meat.

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4. Vegetarian Dim Sum House 24 Pell St, New York, NY 10013 (Chinatown)

If you need some pork in your bun, don’t even think about coming to this Chinatown spot. But if you’re not into eating animals, this is your new dim sum home. It may look like meat, smell like meat, or even taste (almost) like meat, but trust us, that “mock duck” is probably tempeh, tofu, or wheat gluten.

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5. Red Egg 202 Centre St, New York, NY 10013 (Chinatown)

From a dude whose Father's been opening up notable NYC Asian ventures for more than 30 years (including Shun Lee Palace), this one-time Peruvian/Chinese joint's been re-conceptualized as an upscale dim sum-ery by day and "sleek lounge-like hideaway" by night.

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6. RedFarm 529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

This brick-walled West Village eatery serves up modern iterations on dim sum in a lively and trendy rustic setting. Snag a seat at a communal table and snack on quirky comestibles like egg rolls made with Katz's pastrami and shrimp-stuffed jalapeño poppers. Mains are hearty and run the gamut from cold noodles to fried rice dishes. For the most part, seasonal ingredients set the course of the menu, which changes regularly.

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7. Diverse Dim Sum 133-31 39th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354 (Flushing)

This Asian food court has one of the only dim sum joints where you order at the counter -- not a cart. The menu is short and sweet (ironic name?), but take note that the soup dumplings are the go to here.

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8. Genting Palace 11000 Rockaway Blvd, South Ozone Park, NY 11420 (Queens)

This dim sum is inside Resorts World Casino in Queens is the perfect place to eat rice noodle rolls while watching horse races.

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9. Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant 13330 39th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354 (Queens)

There are countless great options for dim sum in Chinatown, but the absolute best dim sum will always been in Queens -- particularly at Asian Jewels, which consistently offers authentic, fresh food and ridiculously fast cart service. Classic dim sum favorites are all here -- har gau, pork buns, spare ribs, and chicken feet -- alongside larger mains (beef, chicken, seafood, and noodle dishes). Saturday and Sundays attract the masses, so come as early as possible.

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10. Golden Unicorn 18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002 (Chinatown)

Golden Unicorn is a bustling two-storied Cantonese mainstay offering dim sum via attentive, fast-moving cart service. The uniformed service and dragon/phoenix decor add to the old-fashioned dim sum dining experience. You'd be remiss not to try the Darien pastry -- it’s uncommon in Americanized spots, and GU does it very well.

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11. 88 Palace 88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002 (Chinatown)

This Chinatown dim sum-ery might be tough to find, but after you uncover it under the Manhattan Bridge on the second floor of a small mall, you’re ready for either a chill dim sum meal, a dance party with one of the hottest DJs around, or... both!

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12. Hakkasan New York 311 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036 (Midtown West)

Dim sum takes a turn for the swanky at this clubby Chinese in Hell's Kitchen whose flagship is in London. Hakkasan has several locations worldwide and no wonder -- the modern Cantonese fare is pretty amazing. The dim sum rocks and since it's not of the rolling cart variety, there's no need to beat the weekend brunch rush to get the freshest picks.

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13. Lychee House 141 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown West)

Finding a dim sum spot that'll serve you at night is a challenge. Luckily, Lychee House in Midtown will hook you up with their menu as late as 10:30pm, every night of the week.

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14. East Harbor Seafood Palace 714 65th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 (Sunset Park)

Sunset Park is booming with dim sum joints, but East Harbor Seafood is probably the best. The gigantic spot offers destination-worthy Cantonese dim sum like flour dumplings stuffed with pork, peanuts, and mushrooms, and fried bean curd vegetable rolls. The place is typically packed on weekends at peak brunch time, and though a 30-minute wait is almost guaranteed, the thrill of making a game-time decision when the carts speed by is worth the wait.

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