Who doesn’t Love Chinatown?!
Walking through New York City’s Chinatown kind of feels like you’ve been transported half way across the world into Asia (No passports needed)! You will hear a variety of dialects being spoken…. Street vendors, and local groceries with exotic foods. You’ll notice that everything is practically in Chinese and street vendors selling unique and exciting food choices. Here you’ll find some of the best restaurants in New York City representing the cuisine of virtually every province of mainland China. Chinatown
So whether you’re a tourist or local, this is a fun place to check out for an adventure: cheap eats, great food, and tons of culture.
- Start your morning off right by grabbing some delicious Dim Sum at Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Nom Wah Tea Parlor is the oldest dim sum joint! Nom Wah Tea Parlor opened its doors in 1920… open on the quiet and crooked little Doyers Street in Chinatown for almost a century, contains a lot of the familiar challenges and changes as its other old time brethren, and in this case there’s a very recent fortunate twist. New York history buffs will recall that the nickname for the street in the early 1900’s was the “Bloody Angle,” due to the sharp curve in the street (it connects Pell St. to Chatham Square) and its location as a popular fighting spot between the Tong Gangs of Chinatown. Criminals would hide in the curve of the street right across from where Nom Wah eventually opened and cut down rivals with hatchets as they turned the corner. Then they would flee through secret passageways or escape into nearby theaters. The block was so bloody, in fact, that law enforcement officials have said more people died violently at Doyers Street than at any other street intersection in the United States.
2. After brunch and a full stomach, start exploring!
Chinatown isn’t that big, so you can wander aimlessly, weaving between locals while checking out souvenir shops is enough plan. Pearl River Mart is a great place to find the perfect souvenir from Chinatown.
3. After you’re done walking… it’s obviously time for a snack!
New York’s Chinatown is packed with amazing dim sum restaurants, fun-loving karaoke bars and top-notch Chinese bakeries offering a dizzying array of pastries. Most are known for one exceptional item, however, whether thats a buttery egg tart, a fluffy sponge cake. My favorite desserts in Chinatown are bubble tea and egg tarts. Chinese desserts are not as sweet as traditional American desserts. Its a perfect fit for me because I do not have a sweet tooth.I recommend stopping by Tai Pan Bakery. Tai Pan Bakery is located on 194 Canal Street, Chinatown, N.Y.