Courtesy of Tim Ho Wan
Talia Avakian
December 19, 2016

Tim Ho Wan, the world's cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant, is opening its first North America location in New York City. 

The restaurant had its soft opening on Friday at the East Village before its grand opening, which will take place January 18. 

Courtesy of Tim Ho Wan

Originally started in Hong Kong by chefs Mak Kwai Pui and Leung Fai Keung, the one-starred Michelin eatery specializes in dim sum and dishes that are each made by hand with daily ingredients, including delectable prawn dumplings, steamed egg cakes, and fried turnip cakes. 

It will also have specialties available in New York that include a deep fried vegetable spring roll and French toast with custard filling. 

Courtesy of Tim Ho Wan

Customers can get Michelin-quality dishes that are all priced at $5.50 or lower and a choice between six different premium teas starting at just $1. The restaurant will also serve alcohol, which is unique to its New York location.  

Inside, you'll find a chic space outfitted with wooden tables, red leather couches, and walls adorned in decor ranging from dragons to flowers. The restaurant will also be having a dragon dance performance at 3 p.m. on the day of its grand opening. 

Courtesy of Tim Ho Wan

Customers who want to try the restaurant's ultra-popular dishes, ranging from prawn dumplings to BBQ pork buns and a steamed rice roll stuffed with bbq pork, can still do so during the soft opening during limited hours. Up until January 17, the space will be open for lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

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