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The most delicious dim sum in NYC

Gather a hungry crew to feast on dumplings, egg rolls and more at the best restaurants for dim sum in NYC

By Bao Ong and Time Out New York contributors
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A by-product of traditional Chinese yum cha, or afternoon tea, New York’s best dim sum isn’t just a midday Chinese snack—it’s some of the best Chinese food in the city. From old-school Chinatown restaurants doling out soup dumplings to modern Chinese spots serving pastrami egg rolls, here are the best places to go dumpling-crazy for dim sum in NYC.

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Best dim sum in NYC

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11. Buddha Bodai

Restaurants Vegan Chinatown

If you're meat-free, then head to this kosher and vegetarian Chinese restaurant with plant-based dim sum, like a vegetarian meat bun, sweet and sticky rice sesame balls and vegetarian shrimp dumplings.

Dim Sum VIP
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Melissa L.

12. Dim Sum VIP

Restaurants Chinese Chinatown

This modern dim sum spot in Chinatown has more than 30 options, including the noteworthy crystal shrimp dumpling in soup and really freakin' cute custard buns. 

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13. Golden Unicorn Restaurant

Restaurants Chinese Chinatown

There’s no weekend lull at the office tower housing this ’90s-era dim sum standby. Hostesses marshal brunchers, via elevators, to one of two distinctly extravagant floors: the first, displaying classic Chinese pomp with bold reds and golds; the second, all recessed lighting and damask drapes. On both levels, bilingual cart handlers gregariously promote their steamers above the din of gossipy catch-up sessions. The selection sticks to a tried-and-true set of standard bearers.

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