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Best Dim Sum in New York City

6 Restaurants
New York has nearly every type of Chinese cuisine, from spicy Sichuan and Hunan fare to hearty Western Asian dishes common in the Xinjiang province, and Cantonese food is no exception. At these five restaurants, tuck into the delicious small plates that make up dim sum—xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) bursting with broth, smooth rice rolls, and steamed buns filled with fragrant barbecued pork.

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Updated on 23 April 2024
Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen
811 Eighth Ave., 10019 New York
$ · Chinese

With its lineup of traditional Chinese comfort food, including the best soup dumplings in town, this steamy joint kicks its competitors to the curb. Hand-pulled and hand-cut noodles are stir-fried with mouthwatering accompaniments, while the dumpling variety is so great it’s almost impossible to pick. Herb-spiked pork and shrimp wonton soup is well worth the 20-minute wait, allowing diners plenty of time to devour pan-fried Peking duck bundles, scallion pancakes stuffed with sliced beef or even steamed buns full of mushroom.

Little Alley
550 Third Ave., 10016 New York
$$ · Chinese

This cooking is accomplished, serious and high quality, but one could still make a very enjoyable meal by just focusing on appetizers and dumplings alone. Signatures, and fittingly so, include toothsome slices of pig’s ear seasoned with chili oil, peppercorns and cilantro for freshness. Also explore dim sum, featuring pork- and crab-soup dumplings or caramelized, juicy and puffy pork buns. The Chinese sausage fried rice is a fragrant and wholly delicious treat. The attractive interior is festooned with wood furniture, dark walls, cozy lighting and a small bar up front. 

Dim Sum Go Go
5 E. Broadway, 10038 New York
$$ · Chinese

This wildly popular joint is still packed to the gills most days, and for good reason: the Cantonese fare and dim sum served here is as good as the food you’ll find in those authentic places in far-flung Queens. If the price seems a bit higher than its competitors, you’ll find it’s worth it for dishes like sweet shrimp, rolled in rice paper and laced with dark soy sauce. Plump snow pea leaf dumplings are spiked with vibrant ginger and garlic and may be tailed by rich duck dumplings or an irresistibly flaky roast pork pie.

East Harbor Seafood Palace
714-726 65th St., 11220 New York
$$ · Chinese

There's a reason why crowds flock to this hidden gem tucked away in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn on the weekends. As guests patiently wait outside for their number to be called, steaming carts roll by stocked with authentic bites and a mouthwatering aroma. Some Inspector favorites include siu mai, rice noodles wrapped around shrimp, and black bean spare ribs. 

Asian Jewels
133-30 39th Ave., 11354 New York
$$ · Chinese
Most visitors don't require a menu when visiting this Flushing mainstay. Before you've even had a chance to sit down, a host of carts filled with delicious plates will approach you, some of which include Inspector-approved fare like pork and shrimp shumai, spareribs and black beans, chicken and ham wrapped in yuba, and poached jellyfish with scallions and sesame. 
Golden Unicorn
18 East Broadway, 10002 New York
$$ · Chinese
This East Broadway staple spans multiple floors in an unassuming office building, but don't make the mistake of assuming there are always available seats. A regular buzz permeates with locals and visitors alike clamoring for soft roast pork buns, pork siu mai, and rice rolls stuffed with shrimp that will have you asking for seconds.