New China Pearl (Woburn)

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kid-friendly restaurant
Spork Rating: 4

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Beyond Boston/Woburn
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price: Cheap Eats
  • Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-10pm, Thurs-Fri 10am-12am, Sat 9am-12am, Sun 9am-10pm; Dim Sum served Mon-Fri 10am-3pm, Weekends & Holidays 9am-3pm
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Recommended For Dining With: Infant, Toddlers, Kids

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Overview:

For many families, Dim Sum is often reserved for a special weekend or holiday excursion into Chinatown at one of the many popular dim sum parlors such as KidNosh-approved Hei La Moon. There are a few restaurants in the ‘burbs that offer family-friendly dim sum, including New China Pearl in Woburn.

Unlike some other Chinese restaurants outside of Chinatown that offer limited dim sum dishes off a menu, New China Pearl is the real deal. Inside the multi-level dining rooms, a parade of steaming carts roll by. Although the quality of dim sum is superior in Chinatown, New China Pearl is a solid option for families north of Boston who want to avoid the hassle of traveling into the city.

family-friendly restaurant tip New China Pearl is a popular destination for kid-friendly dim sum outside of Boston’s Chinatown. While tables turn over fairly quickly, best to arrive before 11am to avoid waiting for a table.

family-friendly restaurant tip Check in at the host stand for a table. If there is a wait, you’ll be given a number. You can wait in the newchinapearl_corridorbamboo corridor until your number is called.

KidTude:

Great. Families can be found throughout the cavernous dining rooms for kid-friendly dim sum. Wait staff will gladly fetch high chairs, forks or spoons for little ones.

family-friendly restaurant tip Waiting for your number to be called? Kids love to check out the optical illusion of the mirrored bamboo forest, or getting a close-up look at the fish tanks just behind the host stand.

Main Menu:

New China Pearl offers kid-friendly Dim Sum daily and on the weekends. They also offer a lunch and dinner menu. Like the dim sum parlors in Chinatown, wait staff push carts of dim sum delicacies tableside. Dishes range from $3-7, depending on the category (steamed, bigger plates, fried, specials, etc.). New China Pearl serves up all the traditional dim sum dishes, plus more adventurous dishes on the weekends.

family-friendly restaurant tip Wait staff will announce what they have to offer (sometimes in broken English, identifying dishes by a main ingredient). Just point to what you want and the staff will put a stamp on your tab.

Favorites include:newchinapearl_kid friendly dim sum

  • Shrimp Hargow
  • Pork Shiu Mai
  • Chau Sui Bao (BBQ pork buns, steamed or baked)
  • Baked Egg Custard Tart
  • Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf

Kid’s Menu:

New China Pearl does not have a kid’s menu. But like Spanish tapas and small plates, dim sum is sized perfectly for kids. Dim sum is served immediately, so hungry tots will be happy not having to wait for food. Shui Mai, Chau Sui Bao and Sticky Rice are kid favorites.

family-friendly restaurant tip New China Pearl drinks are served in large pint glasses. Be prepared to help little kids get a sip of water to avoid a catastrophe.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Lazercraze
  • Stone Zoo (Stoneham)
  • Middlesex Fells Reservation (Medford)

Amenities:

  • Stroller parking
  • Stroller access
  • Highchairs

family-friendly restaurant tip There is a low counter in the bathroom that can work as a changing table in the women’s bathroom.

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Getting There:

Parking lot behind the building