Chinatown, NYC neighborhood guide

Chinatown, NYC is not only a major foodie destination but also a cool place to shop and discover hidden speakeasies

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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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Nom Wah Tea Parlor

One of New York's first dim sum houses. 

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3 out of 5 stars
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“Avocado-free zone.” 

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4 out of 5 stars
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It's housed inside an old two-story opera house.

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3 out of 5 stars
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At this SoCal-inspired café, the lineup can change weekly. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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This unmarked boîte is the sort of contrived hideout.

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4 out of 5 stars
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A blue neon sign points karaoke-lovers to this basement lounge.

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The bar offers two DIY drinking options.

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Comments

5 comments
Ray C

Some people think that Chinatown is known as noisy and dirty; but if that's your case, think again. 

Comparing to East Village, Chinatown actually has much less complaints in noise and garbage. Check out the article about Chinatown's environment from RentHop, a nationwide apartment rental website, by clicking the following link. 

https://www.renthop.com/study/new-york-city-ny/chinatown-article.html

Robert B

Some times I wonder why I left New York !

Mark F

"Nabe"? Really, trying too hard to be hip, are we?

Lena

WHERE TO find to BUY QUAIL EGGS IN CHINA TOWN??????????????? LENA