Nom Wah Tea Parlor NYC

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So this is a bit embarrassing. I was at Nom Wah Tea Parlor for dim sum with a group and we ordered a ton of stuff because we wanted to try everything and also wanted to take home leftovers so we didn’t have to cook for the rest of the day and the waitress cut us off. She canceled part of our order and said that we were ordering too much food. It was a bit disheartening, but I’m sure that she had her reasons…though, not really sure what they were since you would assume a restaurant would want you to spend more money. However, although we were sad, I will say that it wouldn’t deter me from going back to Nom Wah.

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Nom Wah has a vintage soda parlor look to it. And instead of ordering dim sum from a cart, you check off items that you want from a menu and everything gets brought out to you.

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While it doesn’t give off that lively dim sum experience, the high note is that you don’t have to wait around for your favorite dish to be brought around. Plus, their food is absolutely delicious. I’ve never been disappointed in Nom Wah’s food, hence why I always want to order everything on the menu.

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Just looking at the pictures of the spare ribs and black beans, to steamed pork buns is making me incredibly hungry. I guess I’ll have to make a trip back very soon!

-Joyce Huang

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  • Hi Joyce,

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed the food!

    Regarding your recent experience about ordering, although we love to have people try everything, it has been our experience that most people eat with their eyes and tend to over order and end up not taking it or they are embarrassed that they ordered a lot. As much as we like to generate sales, seeing food wasted is not a good feeling. another thing is that we try to offer good value so each item is a big portion, especially the chef specials!

    Understandably, there are patrons that love to order for home (like you!) so we also instruct our waitstaff to tell people if they feel their orders are too large and that they can order more later if they like. Sometimes, there is a bit of a miscommunication, since a lot of our waiters’ first language isn’t English.

    Apologies for the inconvenience!

  • Haha, no problem, love your restaurant. My family lives in the outer boroughs and I want to take them there soon for a meal. I’ll be sure to let the staff know ahead of time next time we are there that we will be taking leftovers home (hate wasting food as well), and will let the rest of the in the group know what you said, so that they know to give a heads up as well. The waitress spoke to one of the non-Chinese speakers (unfortunately) in the group, but basically said that we ordered too much and that she was canceling part of the order and walked away, so we were a bit confused as to which dishes we were getting still and which we weren’t. But def didn’t deter us from wanting to go back. Happy holidays!!

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