Best brunch in Chinatown: The weekend starts here

The best brunch in Chinatown means dim sum, but which places are worth getting out of bed for? Check out our favorites for a late-morning weekend meal.

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Start your perfect Saturday or Sunday in leisurely fashion with our recommendations for the best brunch spots in Chinatown, whether you prefer an opulent dim sum palace or a charming old-school tea parlor. Afterward, hit the neighborhood’s shops, nearby galleries or the Museum of Chinese in America.


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Dim Sum Go Go

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A red-and-white color scheme spruces up this Chinatown dim sum joint, where dumplings (more than 24 types) are the focus. A neophyte-friendly menu is divided into categories like “fried,” “baked” and “steamed”; to avoid tough decisions, order the dim sum platter, whose artful array of ten items includes juicy steamed duck and mushroom dumplings and the offbeat, slightly sweet panfried dumplings filled with pumpkin. Prices are a bit higher than at your average dim sum

  1. 5 East Broadway, (between Catherine and Oliver Sts), 10038-10
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Jing Fong

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For some, Jing Fong might be intimidating: It’s marked by giant escalators, a vast dining room and walkie-talkie–toting waiters marshalling diners. But it has remarkable dim sum. The shrimp shumai with glass noodles is exceptional, as is the ground pork and shrimp wrapped in a big black mushroom. The freshness and originality of its most mundane offerings keep people coming back for more.

  1. 20 Elizabeth St, (between Bayard and Canal St), 10013
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Nom Wah Tea Parlor

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New York's first dim sum house opened in 1920 at a crook in Doyers Street known at the time as "the bloody angle." That Chinatown passage bore witness to the grisly havoc of the Tong gang wars—shootings and hatchet murders—but the bakery and tea shop had a sweeter reputation: Its almond cookies and moon cakes were legendary. For more than three decades, the Choy family ran Nom Wah, but in 1974, Ed and May Choy sold the operation to longtime manager Wally Tang, who started

  1. 13 Doyers St, (between Bowery and Pell St), 10013
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Vegetarian Dim Sum House

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After ambling past Chinatown shop windows displaying glistening ducks and flopping fish, vegetarians will be relieved to step into this meat-free haven—even if the dark-green carpeting and pale-green walls call to mind a corporate office. The menu offers excellent and convincing mock-meat dishes, including delicate “shrimp” dumplings (made with rice flour, yams and tofu), crispy, slightly sweet sesame “chicken” (deep-fried bean curd skin) and Peking

  1. 24 Pell St, (between Bowery and Mott St), 10013
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