Nom Wah Tea Parlor’s Dim Sum, Our Cheap Eat of the Day


Dim sum from Nom Wah Tea Parlor (13 Doyers Street, 212-962-6047), $2.50-$9.95

This Chinatown mainstay’s dim sum is a worthy weekend feast.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor has been through many incarnations throughout its nearly 100-year history (it started as a bakery in 1920, and then moved down the street to its dim sum-mongering digs in 1968), and it’s firmly cemented itself as an iconic New York City restaurant, which should be on your list if you spend any significant time in this city. Especially because it’s upped its game in the kitchen in recent years, and it offers a good meal for cheap. So grab a booth (especially if you’re nursing a hangover), and order from the dim sum menu; if you have a large group, you’ll have no trouble feasting on shu mai, scallion pancakes, and xiao long bao until you’re about to burst while barely making a dent in your wallet. Another economically prudent way to go — particularly if you’re flying solo — is the $9.95 eight-piece dim sum sampler, of which there is a steamed and fried version. This is also a good time to try chicken feet if you’re curious: An order will run you just $3.50.

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Restaurants open at a dizzying pace in New York City, and keeping up with what’s hot takes some serious cash. If you — like us — need the occasional reprieve from a food-forward spending spree, you’re likely always on the lookout for cheap eats of high quality. In this space each day, we’ll highlight a tasty dish that rings in for less than $10, spotlighting places worth checking out when you’d like to get full while giving your wallet a break. Know of a great affordable bite? Email us.