Tim Ho Wan, New York City

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Tim Ho Wan

85 4th Ave

New York, NY 10003


Tim Ho Wan Website

Tim Ho Wan New York exterior decor

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.

Tim Ho Wan New York interior decor

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.

Website Tim Ho Wan Menu

Tim Ho Wan Food Picks:

Tim Ho Wan New York har gow shrimp dumplings

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow) ($4.50) consisted of 4 small dumplings. Good flavor, with the high quality shrimp and thin wrapper.

Tim Ho Wan New York Baked BBQ Pork Buns

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.

Tim Ho Wan New York Deep Fried Dumplings

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.

Tim Ho Wan New York Sweet Osmanthus Jelly

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.

Tim Ho Wan New York Sweet Pumpkin Cream

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?

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Tim Ho Wan Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Excellent)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine

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