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Chinatown in New York: The Insider Guide

150,000 people with Chinese roots live in New York's Chinatown. In total there are around 300,000 Chinese in the Big Apple, of whom btoday only about 50% is the English language dominate

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Chinatown in New York includes the area around Canal Street, Mott Street, Pell Street and Doyers Street on the southern edge of the Lower East Side. A visit to this part of Manhattan is a must for tourists because it is the largest Chinatown in the USA and the cultural and political center of the Chinese in New York.

The way to Chinatown

The easiest way to get to Chinatown is by subway: The ACE6NRQJZ lines will take you to Canal Street.


A stroll through Chinatown

The story of Chinatown in New York

It is no longer possible to determine when the first Chinese arrived in New York. But one is convinced that it must have been Chinese sailors who entered the New York Bay around 1847. This was followed by Chinese migrant workers from California who worked there on the railroad construction. Historically, the Chinese are a very closed people who always settle where other Chinese have lived. At that time, this was already today's Chinatown, near the financial district in Lower Manhattan.

Chinatown was bursting at the seams, at the latest when the immigration conditions to the USA were eased for Asians in 1965. The immigrants wanted to preserve their cultural heritage and they created their own China on the Hudson. The district is characterized by an internal self-organization - and that in cultural, political and socio-political terms. It's not a prejudice that New York's Chinatown is a world of its own. Many of the local Chinese neither speak English, nor have they ever left New York.


Travel to China for $ 2.75

For New Yorkers, Chinatown is a popular place to eat Chinese cheaply. For residents from China, the Chinatown in New York is used to supply everyday objects and groceries, because here you can actually find everything that you could buy in an Asian supermarket on another continent. For tourists, Chinatown is a strange world that can be traveled with a subway ticket.

Chinatown attracts visitors with its unobtrusive restaurants, odor-intensive open-air fish markets and exotic souvenir shops. Many of the neighborhood's centuries-old tenement-style houses are the reason for the crowded and noisy atmosphere in Chinatown. The world there is bright, colorful and especially lively.

Anyone vacationing in New York is used to full sidewalks. In the Asian quarter of Manhattan, however, you should be prepared for even more crowded streets.


Street signs become a guessing game

A visit to Chinatown is a trip to Asia - convenient for Americans, who leave their country far less often than Europeans do in Europe. Countless exotic shops in narrow streets, small stalls with indefinable fruits and vegetables, lively fish, crabs and mussels that are draped in the shop windows and red-stained ducks hung in the showcases of the restaurants - that's Chinatown.

The street signs have been mounted with Chinese characters, even the telephone booths are designed as pagodas, as is known from China. Large dragons, colorful fans, glittering lanterns and figures bring an additional Asian flair to Lower Manhattan. When walking through this part of the city, you really have to think about which continent you have just landed on.


On the trail of Buddhism

The beliefs of the Asians are also strongly lived out in Chinatown: there are more than ten Buddhist temples in this area. The Mahayana Buddhist Temple (64 Mott Street) - Eastern States Buddhist Temple of America - is the oldest Chinese temple on the east coast of America and the place of worship of the city's Asian residents. At the latest after visiting the temple, you could really think that you are on the Asian continent. Public services are held on the weekends.

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Chinese flair in Columbus Park

A mini Central Park in Chinatown: Columbus Park is the meeting place for the Chinese locals. In the morning you meet for Tai Chi and recharge your batteries for the day, in the afternoon you will mainly find fortune tellers and people who play cards. Known as the only undeveloped area in Chinatown, the park named after Christopher Columbus is a popular place to escape from the turbulent Chinatown, especially in the warm months of the year. Make sure that the men and women play separately. Crazy, right?


Culture at the Museum of Chinese in America

The Museum of Chinese in America (215 Center Street), which opened in 1980 in Chinatown, is dedicated to American-Chinese history and the contact and exchange between the two cultures from 1850 to the present day. This is shown very interestingly through pictures, photographs and videos. The visitor gets a very good overview of all aspects of the life of the Chinese in America with background information through exciting biographies of individual Chinese immigrants in New York.


Restaurants and bars

The gastronomy in ChinatownFor many, it is one of the most popular Asian cuisines in town. Nowhere does it taste so authentic and in no other part of the city is Chinese food so cheap. There are tons of restaurants and bars that are really worthwhile. I have filtered out my personal top 5 for you.

1. Big Wing Wong

(Address: 102 Mott Street, New York)

Cantonese cuisine and the masters of "Dim Sum" - small, often deep-fried delicacies.

2. Great Taste Restaurant

(Address: 26 Eldridge Street, New York)

For around $ 5 you can eat the most delicious noodle dishes in all of Chinatown.

3. Prosperity dumpling

(Address: 46 Eldridge Street, New York I http://prosperitydumpling.com)

Simple food but very delicious and unbeatable cheap.

4. Xi's an Famous Food

(Address: 67 Bayard Street, New York I http://xianfoods.com/locations/chinatown/)

A great place to take a short break from sightseeing. Those who like to eat spicy will get their money's worth here.

5. Ping's

(Address: 22 Mott Street, New York I https://www.eatatpings.com/)

“More expensive” than all of the above, but still cheap. Ping’s is known for its good fish and dim sum.

Food tours in Chinatown

With so many different authentic restaurants in Chinatown, it's definitely worth trying some of the best food tours New York City has to offer.

Chinatown Dumpling Tour

On this food tour you will be able to try the best dumplings that Chinatown is known for. While you enjoy three different types of dumplings, you will learn more about Chinese cuisine and the interesting culture.

The dumpling tour takes about 90 minutes.

Book a dumpling tour

Chinatown and Little Italy: Food Fest Tour

The Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest Tour lives up to its name, as a true feast for the taste buds awaits you. On this tour you will not only discover the flavors and cooking traditions in New York's Chinatown, but also in Little Italy. Definitely comes on an empty stomach!

From homemade mozzarella to an authentic Chinese meal, you can try all kinds of things on the Food Fest Tour.

The Food Fest Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

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Shopping in Chinatown

As already mentioned at the beginning, Chinatown lives from its colorful, lively shops that offer designer fashion in addition to self-made everyday goods. Absolute caution is only required here, because, as we all know, the Chinese are particularly good at one thing: making plagiarism - so: the Louis Vuitton bag for $ 100 is definitely fake and you shouldn't try to get the Rolex through customs bring.

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The very minimalist store Project No. 8 Men´s & Women´s has a great selection of local designer fashions. The two shops are separate; the women's store is just around the corner from the men's store.

Anyone who has always wanted to have their own personal chopsticks for the next sushi can buy their own personalized chopsticks in the Yunhong Chopsticks Shop.

Otherwise you should just keep your eyes open around Canal Street and Mott Street. Dare to go into the side streets that branch off from both streets and feel like you are in China's street markets. The small stalls and shops sell great memories of the district and your visit there - trading is absolutely encouraged!


And otherwise?

In summer you should definitely try an ice cream at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (address: 65 Bayard Street). There are crazy varieties from Chinese cuisine here. Chinese bakeries are particularly recommended in the morning, as they usually only bake fresh once a day (in the morning). My favorites are: Tai Pan and Fay Da.

If you haven't got enough after visiting Chinatown, you have the opportunity to visit another Chinatown in Queens. Many say it's more authentic than Manhattan - but it's a matter of taste.

Neighborhood near Chinatown

From Chinatown you can also walk to some of the other great parts of New York. If you want to learn more about the exciting area around Chinatown, there is also a great walking tour through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Make sure to check them out!

We wish you a lot of fun in Chinatown, and would be happy to tell us your highlights!

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