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Chinatown — NYC
New York City's Chinatown is one of the largest ethnic Chinese communities outside of Asia and one of the largest Chinatown's in the nation — second only to San Francisco's Chinatown. Flushing Chinatown (in Queens) is the second largest Chinatown in New York City.
Chinatown covers over two square miles on the Lower East Side of Manhattan — Canal Street to the North (bordering Little Italy), The Bowery / Allen Street (bordering the Lower East Side), East and Worth Streets
to the South and Baxter Street (Broadway)
to the West.
Bustling Chinatown is packed with Chinese restaurants, little Dim Sum parlors, tea houses, fruit and fish markets, specialty stores, herb shops and tiny stalls. Get an early start because the streets get very crowded as the day goes on.
Food & Walking Tour
One of the best ways to really explore the area, learn about its history and get a feel and "taste" of Chinatown, is to take a Guided Food & Walking Tour.
We like walking around Mott, Doyers and Pell Streets — it's a FUN place to explore, eat, shop, people-watch... and take interesting pictures (like the one below)!
Historic Doyers Street
Once famous for its bars, opium dens, gambling houses, brothels, and massage parlors, Chinatown's Doyers Street (pictured below) was also known as "The Bloody Angle" for its violent history — many gang wars occurred on this narrow "angled" street which also housed a network of tunnels.
Today, Doyers Street has tamed down quite a bit. It is home to the first... and oldest Dim Sum Parlor in Chinatown — The Nam Wah Tea Parlor opened in 1920. Peek inside the nearby Gold Flower Restaurant — it still looks like an opium den inside. It's a fun place for an evening drink. And if you're in the mood for some fantastic Indonesian and Malaysian food, check out Sanur Restaurant, Chinatown's little hole in the wall gem.
of Historic Places
In 2010, Chinatown and Little Italy were listed in a single historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.
Voted Best Ice Cream in NYC
In the mood for ice-cream... and who isn't on a hot summer's day! Stop by the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, located on Bayard Street — they're famous for their delicious Gourmet Ice Cream and Sorbets. Yum!
Chinatown Tea House
Experience the fine art of enjoying Chinese Tea in Chinatown's Ten Ren Tea.
The nation's oldest Jewish cemetery (First Shearith Israel Graveyard) is located at St. James's Place, just off Chatham Square in Chinatown, near Kimlau Square. It dates back to 1683.
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