Best Dim Sum in NYC

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October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants for dim sum in New York City.

Pacificana
Chinese · Sunset Park · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Authentic and delicious” dim sum draws “throngs” to this huge, “you're-in–Hong Kong” Sunset Park banquet hall, where a well-priced Cantonese menu backs up what's on the “rolling carts” ; on weekends it's a “madhouse” packed with “big, multigenerational parties” , but “be patient” – it's “worth the wait.”
RedFarm
Chinese · West 70s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Intense” flavors and “innovative” preparations make for “unbelievably good” Chinese plates and “contemporary” dim sum (a “strong suit” ) at these “lively” hangs from Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng; “long waits” (no reservations) and “elbow-to-elbow” seating are the downsides, but “incredible” cocktails help ensure “everyone leaves happy.”
RedFarm
Chinese · West Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Intense” flavors and “innovative” preparations make for “unbelievably good” Chinese plates and “contemporary” dim sum (a “strong suit” ) at these “lively” hangs from Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng; “long waits” (no reservations) and “elbow-to-elbow” seating are the downsides, but “incredible” cocktails help ensure “everyone leaves happy.”
Hakkasan New York
Chinese · West 40s · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

“Spectacular” Shanghai-chic surrounds “transport you” away from the Theater District at this “massive” branch of the London-born chain, where the “modern” Cantonese-inspired fare and “epic” dim sum also “impress” ; “fabulously expensive” prices are part of the “high-end” package, but after a few “fancy” cocktails you might “not mind.”
Má Pêche
West 50s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

It’s “all about sharing” at David Chang’s “innovative” New American in Midtown’s Chambers Hotel, where “flavor-packed” plates for the table join “clever” “twists on dim sum” (just “flag down a trolley” ); “blah” decor may detract, but “the food more than makes up for it.”
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Chinese · Chinatown · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.5

You may “need Google Maps” to find it, but it's worth seeking out this “time-warp” Chinatown vet (around since 1920) for “surprisingly good” , “real-deal” dim sum at “bargain” rates; despite a “nondescript ambiance” and “no-frills” service, it's still a “favorite” “go early or really late” to avoid a wait.
Jing Fong
Dim Sum · Chinatown · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.2

These “bustling” Cantonese roll out “delectable” dim sum “à la Hong Kong” on “quickly moving carts” at the Chinatown original with its “football field–sized” hall, while a 10-seat chef’s counter at the Upper West Side offshoot offers diners a peek at the kitchen action; though “crowded at peak hours,” they’re “affordable” all the time.
Golden Unicorn
Brunch · Chinatown · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.4

“Mobbed and noisy” is a given at this “huge” C-town Cantonese featuring “endless carts” stocked with “heavenly” dim sum; “hurried” service and “basic Chinatown wedding party decor” are forgiven since it's a lot “cheaper than flying to Hong Kong.”