21. Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Neighborhood: Chinatown, Manhattan
Address: 13 Doyers St.
When people talk about classic New York restaurants, the same names tend to come up: Keens. Peter Luger. Delmonico's. But if you like dim sum, this is the O.G. spot—it's been on Doyers Street in Chinatown since 1920, when the block was known as the “bloody triangle” because of the Tong gang wars that raged there. For the past few decades, there was really no reason to go there, but then Wilson Tang inherited the restaurant from his uncle and completely revamped the kitchen. The dining room still evokes another era, but the food—like huge roasted-pork buns and fried crêpe egg rolls—is now a serious draw. The key upgrade is that they now make all the dim sum dishes to order, so you don't have to worry about eating limp, greasy items that have been sitting on a trolley for hours.—CS