Wilson Tang is not quite ready to open the dining room of Chinatown's Nom Wah Tea Parlor to the public.

But the kitchen is ready, he says.

At lunchtime Wednesday, March 4, Nom Wah will begin taking orders for delivery exclusively through Caviar, the upmarket delivery service that already works with such joints as Amada, Cuba Libre and Davio's.

I've heard of dim sum carts, but never cars.

The delivery menu will be similar to the one in place at Nom Wah's flagship in New York; no beer and wine will be  delivered in Philadelphia, though. (See the menu here.)

Delivery area is here.

No takeout orders or walk-ins will be accepted in the early going. Tang said he hopes to open to the public within a week. The address is 218 N. 13th St., just below Vine Street.

Cool idea, though like any restaurateur allowing delivery, Tang puts his food in outsiders' hands and hopes that the quality is maintained.

Tang explains that he is delighted with Caviar, which he uses for delivery in New York.

Nom Wah is regarded as New York's oldest dim sum restaurant.