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The 10 Best Dim Sum Spots In New York City

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Updated: 22 October 2016
New York City’s multicultural environment means it is home to some seriously delicious, authentic cuisine. With that in mind, there’s no shortage of Chinese fare, including dim sum. Here are the 10 best.

 Golden Unicorn

Notably elegant with a rich red and gold interior, Golden Unicorn is one of the city’s best restaurants for dim sum. Established in 1989, Golden Unicorn was named one of the Five Best Restaurants In New York City by Food and Wine Magazine. It is the only Chinese restaurant to receive such an accolade. This is a must-try spot if you’re in the market for a more formal meal.

Golden Unicorn, 18 East Broadway, New York, NY, USA +1 212 941 0911


MMmmmm | © Kai Chan Vong/Flickr

MMmmmm | © Kai Chan Vong/Flickr

Jing Fong

Jing Fong is the place to be for dim sum on the weekends, as crowds gather here for a taste of everything on their cart. Founded in 1978, Jing Fong recently moved from its original location in Chinatown to a larger space on Elizabeth Street, which can accommodate up to 800 people. Jing Fong provides a quick culinary escape to Hong Kong, but you don’t even have to leave NYC.

Jing Fong, 20 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 964 5256

Red Egg

Offering dim sum all day, Red Egg is a contemporary venue with a warm and elegant atmosphere. Customers consistently rave about their tasty dishes, which are reflective of China’s and Taiwan’s true flavors. Come between 4pm and 7pm for Happy Hour, during which they offer a special discount menu.

Red Egg, 202 Centre Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 966 1123

Sticky stuff | © Kai Chan Vong/Flickr

Sticky stuff | © Kai Chan Vong/Flickr

East Harbor Seafood

East Harbor Seafood tends to get crowded, so we recommend coming here for lunch. This spot serves fresh, delicious dim sum, and the decor is characterized by cozy red and wooden accents.

East Harbor Seafood, 714 65th Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 765 0098

Oriental Garden

Oriental Garden is a Cantonese staple specializing in dim sum and seafood dishes. Loyal customers flock here time and time again for the delicious food and excellent service. The venue’s peaceful ambiance doesn’t hurt.

Oriental Garden, 14 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 619 0085

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Image Courtesy of Oriental Garden

Dim Sum Bar

Not your typical dim sum spot, Dim Sum Bar combines the cultural and culinary tradition of dim sum with contemporary elements of New York City’s food trends. The venue is both elegant and modern, creating a special environment in which to enjoy delicious food.

Dim Sum Bar, 167 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 388 8988


Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao

Feeling lazy? Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao is the perfect solution. This Queens-based venue offers takeout and delivery to surrounding neighborhoods. Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao is known for their modern interpretation of traditional dim sum and offers a slight twist on the classics.

Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao, 59-16 Main Street, Flushing, NY, USA +1 718 661 2882

Some Dim Sum | © Hisakazu Watanabe/Flickr

Some Dim Sum | © Hisakazu Watanabe/Flickr

Dim Sum Go Go

Dim Sum Go Go is a vegetarian-friendly dim sum spot in downtown Manhattan. Choose from a wide selection of dim sum dishes from their menu (rather than the traditional cart). Or, opt for a sampler platter if you can’t make up your mind.

Dim Sum Go Go, 5 East Broadway, New York, NY, USA +1 212 732 0797

Lychee House

Lychee House offers dim sum alongside other Chinese and Malaysian dishes. Pair their great food with attentive, friendly staff and a welcoming, relaxed environment, and you’ve got a memorable meal out.

Lychee House, 141 East 55th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 753 3900

Xiao Long Bao | © Charles Haynes/Flickr

Xiao Long Bao | © Charles Haynes/Flickr

Buddha Bodai

Established in 2004, Buddha Bodai is one of the few vegetarian dim sum restaurants in New York City. Chef Dong has been serving vegetarian meals for more than 45 years. This chef has perfected the high standards of quality and freshness that you will find at this restaurant.

Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant, 5 Mott Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 566 8388