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Chinese immigrants have brought their traditions and culture to this neighborhood in New York City's Lower East Side.
As featured in First Time in the City
Canal Street to Bayard Street, New York City, NY
Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
+1 212-346-9288
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Fun! If you like cheap souvenir shops. Which I do on occasion. But San Francisco & Los Angeles have better Chinatown (s). But either way it was a fun place to visit!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Backpacker_0905
Reviewed 1 week ago

china town has its own culture. cheap prices on alot and has its own vibe. day 1 got lost and ended up in china town but was worth getting lost. ate at some pizzeria which idk the name since so many restaurants in nyc. china...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must neighborhood in New York City. Just walk around and immerse yourself in the culture. I found a better Chinese restaurant in LES though,

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Nikos T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very busy, crowded place with lots of shops and stalls and people. It was great! You could literally spend hours just walking around and browsing in and out of shops. And of course, there is no shortage of Chinese restaurants. We did not eat a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank HikerEllie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very busy with people everywhere, stalls selling everything you could imagine. Everything did seem a little bit run down but I think it is because there are so many people in a small area. It felt very authentic. Wished we stopped for some food but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hhound
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Chinatown in NYC was fantastic. It very real, very authentic. We had some very good food and found some great shopping bargains. Chinatown is like stepping back in time. It is very busy area, so you must pay attention to what is going on. I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

Firstly parts do have a bit of a rundown feel but not in an unsafe way. It felt authentic as well with a large Chinese community going about there day to day lives and all the shops selling Asian produce and live fish to dried...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ferg28
Reviewed October 22, 2018

Chinatown is a quarter of New York City that has over the years become very much a way of life in this city. Lots of Chinese shops selling a variety of things like souvenirs, clothes, fresh vegetable produce, and fresh sea food. Lots of cafes...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Mazmannan
Reviewed October 22, 2018

I enjoyed walking around and seeing all the fish markets and produce vendors. I didn't think this area of NYC was dirtier than any other as some reviews stated. In fact, some streets were cleaner and I did not see any homeless people here. No...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sandy817
Reviewed October 21, 2018

It's not glitzy, but it has a real gritty original feeling about it. It is, in a way, similar to walking through parts of China (the parts that are not pretty-upped for tourists). Chinatown is more for the local Chinese than it is for the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Bursting with an amazing array of sights, sounds, and
smells on every block, a visit to Chinatown feels like
entering a different world. It’s a colorful spectacle
that gets even more crowded on weekends, when families
stream in to enjoy huge dim sum feasts and to stock up
at the markets on Mott Street. To take a break from
the buzz, grab something sweet from one of the many
bakeries in the area and head to Columbus Park, where
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June 26, 2018|
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Response from Justin W | Reviewed this property |
You best bet is to take the A,E,C, N, or R subways to Canal Street. From Canal Street, walk down to Mott Street which is the traditional heart of Chinatown. Some good restaurants for a first timer to the city are 4-5-6... More
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May 22, 2018|
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Response from Justin W | Reviewed this property |
The two I enjoy going to are 456 Restaurant on Mott Street and Wonton Noodle Garden also on Mott Street. The good thing about Wonton Noodle Garden is that if you have a cold, their Cantonese Wonton Soup with Roast Pork will... More
October 4, 2017|
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Response from Justin W | Reviewed this property |
The best place that I go to is right across the street from Joe's Shanghai restaurant which is Foot Heaven at16 Pell Street. I go there when I pull my back out or need a good foot massage. They are very reasonable too.