Craving dim sum? Sample any of Luxury Attaché’s Top 5 Dim Sum Restaurants for a delectable brunch full of vibrant flavors and tradition.
1 Nom Wah Tea Parlor
The first Chinese tea parlor in New York City, Nom Wah Tea Parlor has been serving tea and dim sum since 1920. This tiny Chinatown spot is low-key, but the Choy family does not mess around with its incomparable homemade lotus paste and red bean filling for moon cake during the Chinese autumn festival or their delectable almond cookie. Its vintage and mid-century feel and decor married with the insane prices for a pot of tea or Tsingtao beer and dim sum and dumplings keep families coming back to Nom Wah Tea Parlor year after year.
Started by Ed Levine in homage to the classic Chinese dishes New Yorkers have loved for generations, RedFarm delivers dim sum with a twist, serving crispy duck & crab dumplings or pan-fried pork buns in a spicy sauce that elevates them beyond the food of your childhood memories. Buzzing at all hours, from a 3pm post-school crowd of kids to a late-night cocktail-fueled scene, it’s one no-reservations spot that’s worth the wait, and a new location on the Upper West Side this coming year promises to replicate that success.
3 Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant
Asian Jewels Seafood is a classic dim sum experience with a bundle of steaming carts pushed between slightly-difficult-to-maneuver oblong and circular tables in the heart of Flushing. A bit fancier than the casual and loud dim sum joint, Asian Jewels is decorated all in red and gold for good luck and good fortune. With patience, test out each of the beef, pork, shrimp, tofu, and sweets that pass by; they sincerely are as tempting and tasty as you imagine.
4 Shun Lee West
The restaurant is a neighborhood staple for upscale Chinese food, but its proximity to Lincoln Center means its a favorite place to stop for visitors from all over. In the black laquer and gold environs of the restaurant, and in the more casual next-door Shun Lee Cafe, upscale Chinese entrees are eclipsed only by the capacious and delicious dim sum menu, served cart-style and perfect for a quick pre-theater bite.
If you’ve ever wished there was a dim sum joint appropriate for an expense-account meal, look no further than right here in Hell’s Kitchen--Hakkasan satisfies your need for a scene as well as it does your need for dumplings. The London import is best at lunch or brunch to truly savor the finely constructed dim sum and small plates, while during the traditional dinner hour, the restaurant’s 11,000 elegant square feet is packed with partiers. It’s a gorgeous monument to the excesses of nouveau Asia, with a solid grounding in dim sum basics.