Nom Wah Tea Parlor proprietor Wilson Tang emailed us last night with news of a little get-together at his newly renovated Doyers Street restaurant. Everyone’s invited to stop by July 27th for a “Summer Get Down in Chinatown,” co-sponsored by Wilson and Craig Nelson, the creator of the new Chinatown Chowdown iphone/ipad App. You can check out the Facebook events page for more info. In other tea parlor news, the restaurant will be staying open later on Fridays and Saturdays (until 10 p.m.) to satisfy your late night dim sun cravings.
He waited… and waited… and waited. Finally at 2:30 a.m. – eight hours after arriving at Community Board 3’s liquor licensing hearing last week – Wilson Tang won the committee’s approval for a beer and wine license. Last Friday, I stopped by the historic Nom Wah Tea Parlor (est. 1920) to check in with Tang, who recently reopened the restaurant after completing a major restoration of the Chinatown institution.
Was the wait worth it? Wilson says “yes,” although it will probably be a couple of months before the State Liquor Authority signs off on his application. Nom Wah is not following in the footsteps of its naughty neighbor, Apotheke. Some customers have simply been requesting a beer or a glass of wine with their dim sum — and Tang wanted to accommodate them.
On Friday, the “New York Times Effect” was readily apparent. Following last week’s “$25 and Under” column, every table was filled throughout the lunch hour. The clientele was mixed: some Chinatown regulars, some tourists, a few uptown visitors.
Cusine: Chinese/Dim Sum
Address: 13 Doyers St./map
Nom Wah Tea Parlor, 13 Doyers Street.
Hours: Daily 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
The first dim sum parlor in Chinatown, Nom Wah Tea Parlor opened on Doyers Street more than 90 years ago. Wally Tang operated the popular restaurant and gathering spot for four decades before his nephew, Wilson Tang, took over in 2010. Following a major face lift — a faithful restoration of the dining area and modernization of the kitchen — Nom Wah reopened and is busier than ever. The restaurant now serves beer and liquor and is available for special events and parties. One thing has not changed: Nom Wah Tea Parlor still offers some of the freshest dim sum in Chinatown. Don’t miss the fried crab claw and the shrimp wrapped in bacon.
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