Walk through the area south of Broome and east of Lafayette Streets—that’s Chinatown, NYC—and it might feel like you’ve transported to another continent. Mott and Grand Street are chock-full of stands selling exoitc foods such as live eels, square watermelons and hairy rambutans while Canal Street draws you in with some of the best shops for jewelry and gifts. As a major party of NYC’s food culture, you’ll find excellent restaurants in Chinatown representing the cuisine of virtually every province of mainland China and Hong Kong, plus Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese eateries. As Chinatown—also notable as NYC's largest Asian community—continues to grow, it merges with neighboring Little Italy and the Lower East Side.
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The best Chinatown restaurants in NYC
New York’s best Chinatown restaurants are more than dim sum and Peking duck—although, the downtown neighborhood is rife with fantastic options for both. No, the food possibilities expand well beyond some of the city’s best Chinese restaurants to include creative Mexican restaurants, ramen dens and Cali-coolcafes. Whether you’re looking for traditional soup dumplings or French-Malaysian fare, these Chinatown restaurants have something for you. RECOMMENDED: Full neighborhood guide to Chinatown NYC