Chinatown

Chinatown, New York City: Address, Chinatown Reviews: 3.5/5

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Chinese immigrants have brought their traditions and culture to this neighborhood in New York City's Lower East Side.
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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 many Chinatown residents exercise, play games, and chat the day away.
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  • Canal St • 5 min walk
  • Canal St • 6 min walk
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Grayson5
Opelika, AL261 contributions
Wanted to show my grandson this area for NYC. Food was good, people were very nice. We also managed to buy a great purse while there.
Written July 22, 2022
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yasemin2k
Florida183 contributions
Friends
Have no idea what is the reason to visit. Took my sister there because she wanted to see and even she was disappointed. Little Italy (which is around the same area, had a hard time to find it though) was some what better. But after this trip, no need to go back to either areas at all. Being there done that
Written July 4, 2022
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MilkChocChip
Edinburgh, United Kingdom568 contributions
Couples
Worth a visit just for Nom Wah for some dim sum. Search for a self guided walking tour, visit a Chinese bakery, check out the fresh produce in the wet market and buy some souvenirs. There is a lot going on here. A huge sprawling Chinatown, worth a visit to experience a very different culture and neighbourhood in NY.
Written June 30, 2022
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Ildiko T
Budajeno, Hungary520 contributions
Couples
Apart from its local inhabitants and some terrible China-made souvenirs the neighbourhood has not much to offer. Food is average and you cannot find anything authentic in the district.
Written June 15, 2022
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LOVEDOGS1
New York City, NY11 contributions
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Chinatown is an old filthy dump that exists only so businesses there can make money. Nothing about it is for your enjoyment. You are there as the idiot tourist fooled in to believing Chinatown has something worth seeing. It doesn't.
The food is worse than canned chicken ala king. There is nothing "Chinese" about it.
When you return home you will have to clean your shoes to remove the horrible stench of rotten fish that is on every sidewalk.
Chinatowns in the US might have been interesting 50, 60 years ago but Chinatown in nyc has absolutely nothing to offer.

Take the Staten Island Ferry instead.
Walk the Highline.
Go to Brooklyn Heights for a spectacular view of Manhattan.
There are wonderful experiences to be experienced in ny. Chinatown isn't one of them.
Written June 4, 2022
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Kelly M
Waterdown, Canada5 contributions
Dont go!!! Not safe- dirty. Female vendors are pushy and aggressive - watch for when the police change their shifts!
Written May 1, 2022
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Deb W
Reno, NV2,198 contributions
This area is a bit rundown. It seems many businesses didn't make it through the pandemic. There is some nice street art. The shops are fun
Written April 22, 2022
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GrandmaJackie1964
Netanya, Israel124 contributions
We did a self-guided walking tour of Chinatown and I'm glad we'd taken the time to research it and print this out as we found some really nice hidden gems. We spent a good couple of hours just walking around, following the route and soaking up the atmosphere.
Written April 8, 2022
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Sandra
Cincinnati, OH315 contributions
Chinatown is a busy and iively neighborhood. Lots of small shops and lots of restaurants. We were constantly approached by ladies trying to sell use fake Louis Vuitton purses; just ignore them.
Restaurants and shops are mostly cash only so make sure to bring enough cash.
It is a totally safe place and a stroll through the neighborhood should not be missed while in the city. Great place to get some boba or soup dumplings.
Chinatown rolls straight into Little Italy, so you could do both in an afternoon.
Written March 27, 2022
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY2,780 contributions
Couples
Our first visit in a few but the soup dumplings from Joe’s Shanghai were calling. It’s a little more subdued in winters but still a fun experience to see this neighborhood. I can’t remember ever getting a bad meal in any restaurant in NYC Chinatown. Be aware of all the people trying to sell you jewelry on the street, There seems to be several on each block. Just ignore them. That being said some restaurants are cash only but let’s face it the meals here are cheaper than what you get elsewhere in New York. They give you a lot of food to boot.
Written December 19, 2021
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