Chinatown pork bun quest. On that quest, Lawman-in-law and I paid a visit to Nom Wah, one of Chinatown's oldest dim sum restaurants. We had high hopes, but alas when we got inside all that we found was a large table of elderly Chinese men playing mah jong, a case full of stale looking almond tea cookies. We waited several minutes to see if anyone would notice us and take our order, but it was clear they were either closed for the evening or not interested in our business. Flash forward 3 years and Nom Wah has reopened and this time we got to eat the food!
Wilson Tang, nephew of long time owner, Wally Tang, has taken over the joint and is restoring the place to it's former glory. The restaurant wasn't overly crowded when Lawman and I went for a late lunch the other day. They serve dim sum to order, a big plus if you can't deal with the weekend Chinatown dim sum scene.
The Har Cheung (shrimp in rice noodles) was very pleasant and the fried turnip cake with XO sauce was worth a return trip. The interior of the renovated shop is quite charming. It's a pleasant place to nibble tea cookies and shumai and while away the afternoon with a pot of tea. I'm looking forward to try some of the other menu items.
13 Doyers Street
New York, NY 10013
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