New York City has no shortage of Michelin-starred dining options – but good luck finding one where every dish on the menu costs less than a Subway sandwich. So though dim sum darling Tim Ho Wan has come a long way since 2009 when its original Hong Kong location became, at the time, the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world, New Yorkers still have reason to be excited that the global chain’s 45th location opened in Manhattan today.
True to the dim sum joint’s reputation, the brand’s first American outpost doesn’t have anything on its 28-item menu priced over $5.50, and in general, Eater describes the cuisine as “largely similar” to what you’ll find at the original location halfway around the globe: standards like barbecue pork buns, turnip cakes and sticky rice in a lotus leaf. “We don’t have fusion things,” said Mak Kwai Pui, one of the two chefs behind the growing chain. However, despite these dishes being available at other NYC dim sum restaurants, Pui told Eater that freshness sets Tim Ho Wan apart: “We make it today, we serve it today. This is our biggest thing. This is our biggest difference.” Still, two menu items are exclusive to this new Manhattan location: a veggie spring roll and French toast with custard filling.