Tim Ho Wan, East Village, NYC

///Tim Ho Wan, East Village, NYC

Tim Ho Wan, East Village, NYC

I’d been hearing a lot about Tim Ho Wan, the dim sum restaurant on 4th Avenue in the East Village that’s been called “the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant.” Tim Ho Wan is the first US location of the Hong Kong-based restaurant chain. One with legendary waits.

I decided to venture there at opening time (10 am) midweek and wait, while reading my next book group book, that is if the lines were reasonable. I was so lucky as there were no lines; I was seated immediately.

It took me a few minutes to realize I needed to mark my selections on the paper menu’s check-off grid. I got some help in those selections looking at the color food photos on my placemat.

I started with a hearty portion of steamed rice with four large pieces of boneless chicken, topped with a shiitake mushroom ($4.75). A waiter poured over some house-made soy sauce. Next, in a steamer basket, I got four siu mai — steamed pork dumplings with shrimp ($4.50).

While I was enjoying these morsels, the couple to my left offered me one of their plump steamed shrimp dumplings ($4.50 Har Gow) with a more gelatinous, yet delicate, dough. I liked it even more than my siu mai!  Following suit, Allison — the woman to my right (a business school grad student at NYU) — offered me one of her pork buns, char siu bao. Instead of the classic steamed doughy versions, these crunchy buns come filled with rich pork barbecue and baked! (Three for $4.95). Don’t miss.

She also offered me one of her steamed rice rolls stuffed with minced beef  (three rolls for $5.25), the only dish not to my liking as it had too much gummy dough and not enough meat. Or, maybe I was just stuffed from all my fortuitous dishes!

My final dish was one of their greaseless deep-fried options: an eggplant slice topped with fried shrimp.

Delicious cheap eats for sure. Make a special trip to sample these dim sum — but be prepared to wait — unless you are lucky like I was.

– bonnie



Tim Ho Wan
East Village
85 4th Avenue
New York, NY
Tim Ho Wan USA Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

By | 2017-08-20T13:01:06+00:00 June 21st, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

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