8. Nom Wah Tea Parlor (est. 1920)
Established on Doyers Street on Chinatown’s Bloody Angle, Nom Wah originally opened as a tea parlor and bakery specializing in moon cakes. Wally Tang purchased it in 1974 and began serving dim sum in the ’80s. After a period of decline, it was taken over by Wally’s nephew Wilson Tang, who spruced it up while keeping the old-timey atmosphere and got rid of the old dim sum carts in favor of a made-to-order menu.
These days, Nom Wah is a go-to spot for dim sum and claims the title of New York City’s first dim sum establishment. It’s also the oldest continually running restaurant in Chinatown.