Tim Ho Wan
85 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003
Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant arrives in NYC.
Why did we dine here? – Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong is known as the cheapest restaurant with one Michelin star. In late 2016, they opened an outpost in New York City. We had dined at their Mong Kok location in Hong Kong in the past, and wanted to give them a try in NYC. The focus is on traditional dim sum without many of the modern dishes present elsewhere.
There was a long line before they opened, but nearly everyone did get seated. Is this place overhyped? Yes. Are the signature Baked BBQ buns good? Yes. Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, we can say they there are places superior to this one. The food is fine, but not top notch.
Insider Tip – Line up before it opens or come in the middle of the afternoon
Cuisine – Cantonese Chinese Dim Sum
Location – New York City
Opened – 2016
Service – Tim Ho Wan had decent service that tailed off as the place filled up. The servers did help us navigate the menu well.
Verdict – Tim Ho Wan is a very good dim sum restaurant but definitely not amazing. It may be slightly better than the places in New York’s Chinatown, but definitely not as good as the better places in the San Francisco Area, like Koi Palace.
Fellow Tourists: This restaurant is a couple blocks from the Strand Bookstore. We could spend all day there!
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? No.
Tim Ho Wan Signature Dishes – Baked BBQ Pork Buns
Tim Ho Wan’s Menu is pretty short and concise, surprising for a dim sum place! No rolling carts here, they make (or reheat!) the dim sum when you order them.
Tim Ho Wan Food Picks:
Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow) ($4.50) consisted of 4 small dumplings. Good flavor, with the high quality shrimp and thin wrapper.
Baked BBQ Pork Buns (3 Pieces) ($4.95) are the signature dish and must order here. Hot and crisp with a nice balanced char siu filling.
Deep Fried Dumplings With Pork And Shrimp ($4.50) are hot out of the fryer. These 3 small ones are greasy but still manage to hit the spot.
Sweet Osmanthus Jelly With Goji Berries ($4.25) does not look like their picture, but manager to be acceptable.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Jasmine Pearl Tea ($4.75) was just ok, nothing special.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Steamed Rice Roll With Bbq Pork ($5.50) was bland.
Sweet Pumpkin Cream With Sago (Cold) ($4.25) had a powdery finish to it. You can also order it hot.
Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?