Nomad Tea Parlor Adds Cantonese Cuisine To Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue

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A new dim sum destination is opening in the shadow of Manhattan’s Flatiron building.

Nomad Tea Parlor will open at 244 5th Avenue on Friday, June 7, adding modern Cantonese cuisine to the neighborhood with a touch of nostalgic charm.

“The restaurant is meant to be a celebration of Chinese American food,” says owner Jae Yang, who is co-owners with Mandy Zhang. “We were inspired by American Chinatown and Hong Kong dining, which is incorporated into the visual elements of the restaurant. We want to bring Chinese American cuisine, specifically Cantonese food and dim sum, to the forefront of Chinese American dining with a modern twist, while respecting the history of the cuisine and dining experience.”

Executive Chef Wu, originally from Guangzhou, China, will run the kitchen. Zhang will also bring her experience growing up in the restaurant industry to infuse the menu with classic Chinese American fare. Dishes will include dim sum plus Coca Cola chicken wings, plum sauce roast Duck, lobster spring rolls, Xo rice rolls, and soft shell crab. Food can be paired with tea or cocktails, like a rum-spiked Hong Kong milk tea or lychee martinis.

“There are no Chinese restaurants on Fifth Avenue or really in the vicinity of where we are in Nomad,” says Yang. “Opening in Nomad was very appealing because it is a part of the city where uptown and downtown merge to create a cool, casual vibe but still has high energy.”

Inside Nomad Tea Parlor, Diners can watch dumplings being filled and folded in the open kitchen or eye roast duck before it is served. “We designed the space to be theatrical and immersive, where diners will feel as if they’ve been plucked out of NYC and transported to the streets of Hong Kong,” says Yang. “The space is adorned with a variety of vintage lightbox street signs, striped awnings throughout. The bi-level space has capacity for over 100 people, plus a 14-seat bar.

“We hope that Nomad Tea Parlour evokes nostalgia for diners and celebrates the joy that Chinese American food brings to so many,” says Yang. “It will offer a playful, fun atmosphere with a wholesome dining experience.”

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