Best Dim Sum in Philadelphia

You dim sum, you lose some
September 20, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

These Philly Chinese spots fill you up with dumplings, buns and other classic stick-to-your-ribs dishes.

Dim Sum Garden
Chinese · Chinatown · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

The "divine" soup dumplings steal the show at this cash-only Chinese BYO in Chinatown; “reasonable” prices and “courteous” service are further reasons it’s often “crowded.”
Sampan
Washington Square West · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

"Imaginative" Pan-Asian small plates draw "large, chatty crowds" of "young professionals" to this "classy" , "modern" Washington Square West bistro, partly because they're so "affordable" (especially off the "well-priced" tasting menu); happy-hour "fun" abounds at the Graffiti Bar, and the open kitchen's a "great seat" too, but some caution the "fast pace" and suggest "if you want to talk, go by 6 PM."
Ocean Harbor
Chinatown · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

Go ahead, "get out of your comfort zone and order the chicken feet" at this Chinatown dim sum specialist, a "popular" , "low-cost" standby that's just the spot to "give your taste buds one heck of a ride" ; naturally it gets "super loud and busy" on weekend mornings, but that's just part of the "fun."
Bing Bing Dim Sum
Chinese · East Passyunk Crossing · $$

From the Cheu Noodle Bar crew, this "vibrant" , mural-bedecked spot in Passyunk Square presents a "fun reinterpretation" of Chinese dim sum – including "unreal" dumplings – washed down with "tasty" cocktails that boost the "awesome vibe" ; "accommodating" service, an "amazing" happy hour and appealing outdoor tables help keep it "busy.
Nom Wah Philadelphia
Dim Sum · Chinatown · $

NYC's circa-1920 dim sum landmark plants an offshoot on an out-of-the-way Chinatown strip, serving classics like fried shrimp balls and pan-fried dumplings – but don't expect to see carts roaming the dining room since the small bites come out to order. The setting is cozy, decorated with antique furnishings, lantern lights and wood tables.