Chinatown in NYC: A guide to Gotham's Chinese food and culture

Your definitive guide to Chinatown in NYC—downtown Manhattan, Flushing and Sunset Park—with throwdown dim sum feasts, wallet-friendly snacks and life-affirming noodles.



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Chinatown in NYC

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From its beginnings in the 19th century, Manhattan's Chinatown evolved into a thriving hub for Chinese food and culture. The population—and cuisine—skewed heavily Cantonese until the 1980s, when an influx of immigrants arrived from provinces like Fujian and Henan. As the downtown community overflowed, Chinatowns blossomed in other New York City neighborhoods—Flushing, Sunset Park and most recently Elmhurst—and the offerings have diversified. Across the boroughs, you’ll find restaurants serving mouth-numbing Szechuan, cumin-spiced Dongbei and smoky Hunan specialties, along with budget salons and artisanal tea shops. Here's the ultimate guide to Chinatown in NYC.

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Gotham's original Chinatown

Food adventurer Robert Sietsema takes a look back at the historic ’hood.

Chinese noodle explainer

Use our primer to brush up on six types found around New York City.

Best Chinatown bakeries

Egg tarts, sponge cakes and more delectable Chinese pastries.

Regional Chinese restaurants

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Essential Chinatown

Neighborhood maps of the basics in Manhattan, Flushing and Sunset Park.

Best dim sum spots

Gather a crew to feast on a midday Chinese meal at one of these 12 joints.

Review: Lao Dong Bei

Restaurant critic Daniel S. Meyer weighs in on the Flushing newcomer.

The new Chinatown

Elmhurst joins Manhattan, Flushing and Sunset Park as an East Asian bastion.

"The Chinese-Americans"

Photographer An Rong Xu documents Chinese-American life.

Shopping: Style passport China

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Event: Chinatown History

Take a walking tour starting at the Museum of Chinese in America.

Food porn from Chinatown

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