This traditional, cart-style dim sum spot has a long wait, but if you’d like to eat faster, they may offer to let you share a table with strangers—and doesn’t that sound fun? You and your tablemates can look out for trundling carts full of silky egg custard, red rice noodles and sweet black sesame rolls. The service is no-nonsense and, on busy weekend mornings, the carts may be a little slow, but that just gives you plenty of time to swap stories (and bites of steamed buns) with your new best friends.
New York City’s dim sum scene has spread far from Manhattan’s Chinatown. While Mott Street is where you can still find some of New York’s very best Chinese restaurants, the Chinatowns in Flushing and Sunset Park–and beyond–offer some of the very best dim sum in the city. Whether you’re meeting up with a big group of friends or taking family out to see the sights, sipping tea and gorging on an endless array of dim sum is one of the best ways to spend a weekend morning or afternoon in NYC.
Some dim sum restaurants use the iconic rolling carts to serve all those jiggling dumplings, pork buns and turnip cakes through chandeliered halls, while others offer counter service and even delivery for a little dim sum in bed on a Sunday morning. With spots including a hundred-year-old restaurant on Doyers and the world’s most inexpensive Michelin-starred restaurant, we’ve rounded up the very best dim sum in NYC to try right now.
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