Food & Drink

The World's Cheapest Michelin-Starred Restaurant Opened in NYC On Friday

Published On 12/14/2016 Published On 12/14/2016
Tim Ho Wan USA
Peter Garritano

If you’re looking for a place to impress your relatives coming into town this holiday season without going broke, look no further than Tim Ho Wan, the Hong Kong-based dim sum restaurant that also happens to be the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world. The East Village location is set to soft open this Friday, December 16th at 11am with an official grand opening in January. Although Tim Ho Wan has multiple locations across Asia and Australia, this is the chain’s first US location.

Because of the Michelin stars, lines at the Hong Kong locations of Tim Ho Wan are often hours-long and wrap around the block, so prepare to arrive early or stand in the cold for a while for signature dim sum options like prawn dumplings and baked buns stuffed with barbecue pork, all for under $5. New York-exclusive dishes include custard-filled French toast and deep-fried vegetable spring rolls. Operating hours for the soft opening period will be 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm daily.

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Ciera Velarde is an editorial production assistant at Thrillist who believes in the healing power of great (and cheap) dim sum. Follow her on Instagram.

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1. Tim Ho Wan 85 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

When Hong Kong-based Tim Ho Wan won a Michelin star in 2009, it was the cheapest restaurant in the world to have done so. After expanding across Southeast Asia and into Australia, it finally arrived in New York in 2016. You can expect dim sum that's as flavorful as it is inexpensive at this East Village outpost, like translucent prawn dumplings and baked pork buns. Location-specific items are available too, including custard-filled French toast and deep-fried vegetable spring rolls -- because New Yorkers are special and we deserve to be treated as such.

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