According to a sign on its windows, Nom Wah Tea Parlor is NYC Chinatown’s first dimsum parlor. With such a title, I had been wanting to try it for quite a while. The first time I stopped by, an estimated 15 minute wait turned out to be 30+, so I left. The second time I went there was no wait – excellent!
The first thing you’ll notice is the decor – much preserved from its early days. My eating buddy and I were seated with 2 menus and a checklist presented on a red-checked tablecloth: