I was SHOCKED to realize I never posted about Nom Wah Tea Parlor. I finally crossed this off the bucket list on November 22, 2019 and then…??? I suppose Thanksgiving must have gotten in the way, but I neglected to post about this iconic restaurant. And “iconic” is no understatement here. Opened in 1920, Nom Wah is Chinatown’s oldest restaurant. They serve dim sum, but it’s traditional table service and not a huge banquet hall where you pull plates off a passing cart. So here I go, finally writing about a meal I had over a year ago, but I promise, it’s worth it.
On my parents’ last visit to NYC I really wanted them to see my office because I’m oh-so-proud of where I work. I took a half day so after showing them around we decided to head to a late lunch. My office is right at the border of Chinatown so it would have been a shame not to take advantage of the locale. Since it was a random time of day I knew it would be a good opportunity to hit up Nom Wah, which is usually packed. We walked right in and I finally got to try one of NYC’s most famous restaurants.
I love the vibe in here. It’s all old school diner in here. From the mosaic floors to the red vinyl chairs to the formica tables with metal sides.
We ordered a pork bun, steamed spare ribs, chicken siu mai, and an egg roll. The texture of the spare ribs wasn’t my thing but the sauce was great. Overall, everything tasted really really good, but if you take one thing from this review, it’s that you must get the eggroll. It is the largest egg roll I’ve ever seen and absolutely delicious. Get. That. Eggroll.