The 8 Best Dim Sum Restaurants In New York City

Pacificana, Dim Sum, Dumplings, Chinese Food


New York is home to the most authentic Chinese restaurants outside of China, many of which serve dim sum.New Yorkers love their dim sum — the morning smorgasbord of dumplings, buns, and other small plates served on pushcarts— and love to argue over their favourite dim sum spots.

Fortunately, the editors at Zagat settled the argument for us. They put together a list of the eight best dim sum restaurants in New York City, and we’ve got them here for you.

#8 Ping's Seafood

22 Mott St.

Food: 21

Decor: 13

Service: 15

Cost: $31

Ping's is a Chinatown institution that serves authentic and flavorful dim sum, with a focus on seafood.

Be prepared to wait for a table on Sundays, when the place is packed.

#7 Golden Unicorn

18 East Broadway

Food: 21

Decor: 14

Service: 15

Cost: $27

This Cantonese-style dim sum restaurant is mobbed on weekends with families and large groups.

They serve an endless array of dim sum dishes that change with the seasons.

#6 Nom Wah Tea Parlor

13 Doyers St.

Food: 22

Decor: 13

Service: 18

Cost: $22

Opened in 1920, Nom Wah was the first dim sum restaurant in New York City.

It retains its original neighbourhood charm while operating with a more modern kitchen and an updated-yet-traditional menu.

#5 Oriental Garden

14 Elizabeth St.

Food: 23

Decor: 13

Service: 15

Cost: $35

Oriental Garden is frequented by world-renowned chefs who come for the restaurant's tasty, bite-sized morsels and fresh seafood straight from the tank.

#4 Excellent Dumpling

111 Lafayette St.

Food: 23

Decor: 8

Service: 14

Cost: $18

Excellent Dumpling House is known for exactly what its name advertises: the excellent dumplings.

There's not much atmosphere at this hole-in-the-wall establishment, but the food is delicious and reasonably priced.

#3 Lychee House

141 East 55th St.

Food: 23

Decor: 18

Service: 21

Cost: $39

Lychee House is known for its fresh and modern Chinese cuisine.

They mix sweet and savory with creative dishes like pomegranate dumplings.

#2 Pacificana

813 55th St., Brooklyn

Food: 24

Decor: 17

Service: 19

Cost: $28

A grand dim sum hall in the middle of Brooklyn, Pacifican serves authentic Chinese dishes like crackling pork and baked custard buns.

This place is very popular, but the food is well worth the wait.

#1 RedFarm

529 Hudson St.

Food: 26

Decor: 18

Service: 22

Cost: $54

RedFarm brings you innovative Chinese dishes presented in a whimsical, playful manner.

Check out, for example, the Pac-Man ghost dumplings with the sesame seed eyes.

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