Chinatown NYC is a small, but very densely packed area of shops and restaurants. It is really fun to walk around, enjoy the culture, pick up some souvenirs, and most definitely, eat some delicious and affordable Dim Sum, dumplings, pork buns and other amazing Chinese cuisines.

You can check out Pell Street – known as “Hair Alley,” which has the most affordable hair services in Manhattan. The Chinese/Lunar New Year, every January or February is a local favorite event and Chinatown NYC Hotels are some of the best bargains in NYC.

Chinatown NYC Things to Do

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) – 215 Center St at Grand, $12 adult. MOCA Free First Thursdays: 11am – 9pm, Free gallery admission first Thursday of each month except on major holidays. Closed on Mondays. "MOCA has celebrated the living history of the Chinese experience in America by preserving and presenting the 200-year history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of American communities of Chinese descent."

Mahayana Buddhist Temple (133 Canal St) – a peaceful and beautiful house of worship (please dress and act respectfully), with the largest buddha in NYC and a small gift shop. The temple depicts the history of the Buddha with a lovely series of panels.

Our Bridges – NYC Insider Tip – there are three bridges that run along the southeast tip of Manhattan. Everyone knows the Brooklyn Bridge, but the other two are the Williamsburg Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. From South to North, you can remember them by "BMW" – Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg.

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Chinese New Years Day NYC

New York City celebrates the Chinese New Year with a Firecracker Ceremony, Cultural Festival and a New Year Parade followed by another Festival. Kids and adults alike love seeing all the floats, costumes, eating the authentic food, getting their faces painted and much more. Check either the January or February Events Calendars for more details on this year’s Chinese New Year.

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Ahoy New York Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest Tours

Ahoy New York Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest Tours

Ahoy New York Food Tours takes locals and visitors alike on a cultural walk of Chinatown and Little Italy. Taste delicious foods, while learning about the culture and history of these unique New York City neighborhoods. Eat ethnic foods, like homemade fresh mozzarella and authentic Chinese dumplings, while seeing some of New York City's hidden gems and historical landmarks.

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Chinatown NYC Recommended Restaurants

Peking Duck House (22 Mott St, Mosco/Pell St) – one of the area’s “nicer” restaurants and the Peking Duck, of course, is great.

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (65 Bayard St) – exotic flavors such as zen butter, lychee and Chinese almond cookie.

Wo Hop (17 Mott St, Mosco & Chatham Sq) – old school Cantonese, cheap, a favorite of NYPD and FDNY, as well as anyone hungry at 4am. Wo Hop is a NYC institution. PS – you want to eat downstairs, trust me!

Dim Sum Go Go (5 E Broadway) – fresh, made-to-order Dim Sum

Golden Unicorn (18 E Broadway) – Dim Sum served cart-style

Joe’s Shanghai (46 Bowery) – legendary for their soup dumplings and dim sum, almost always a line out the door. Previously located on Pell Street and they also have a location in Flushing, Queens. ANY chinese restaurant that lasts in Flushing is pure gold – you have to be the BEST to make it there.

Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles Inc (1 Doyers St) – with at least 10 kinds of noodles, dumplings and seafood, pork and veggie soups, Tasty Noodles is affordable stuff-your-face comfort food at it’s best.

Pho Grand (277C Grand St), Vietnamese, Pho is noodle soup made with rice noodles and thinly sliced rare beef.

Fried Dumpling – 106 Mosco St., 5 Dumplings for $1.00

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Coming Soon: Guide to Flushing, Queens (NYC’s better Chinatown).

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Check out the local markets, with ducks and pigs hanging in the windows, Chinese herbs, authentic teas, lucky bamboo, lots of knick-knacks.

Pearl River Mart – another beloved NYC institution and the world’s first Chinese American department store, which we hope will re-open in 2021. You can still shop online for kitchen wares, chopsticks, placemats, Buddha statuettessnacks and toys. In the meantime, check out the Pearl River Mart Foods outpost at Chelsea Market.

Ten Ren (75 Mott St) – one of our largest and most exotic tea selections

Pell Street – known as “Hair Alley,” dozens of hair salons and barber shops, cheapest in the City.

Note – fake designer goods not covered intentionally. They are illegal, believed to support terrorism and child labor, and most definitely not fashionable.

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Chinatown NYC Hotels

Chinatown is a such a small area, there are not many hotels. Here we list a few, but to stay near here, you’ll find a much better selection of hotels nearby on Lower East Side, in SoHo and Tribeca.

Hotel 50 Bowery

50 Bowery, opened in 2017, is a 229-room boutique hotel with incredible views of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and the World Trade Center from many of their rooms, as well as for all guests from their 21st floor Rooftop, The Crown. Situated right in the heart of Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side, 50 Bowery puts you within 5-10 minutes of at least 400 restaurants (I’m underestimating) from every ethnicity and for every price range you can imagine. Within the hotel, you’ll find luxury linens, flat screen TVs, complimentary WiFi and most pets are welcomed!

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The Wyndham Garden Chinatown is a bargain hunters dream hotel. The real allure are the rooms and suites with floor to ceiling windows with stunning views of the city. Enjoy the The Bowery Beer Garden (street level) and Rooftop 93 (18th Floor) with indoor/outdoor seating and sweeping skyline views. Be in the heart of everything, easily walk anywhere south of 14th St in NYC, spend your time around real New Yorkers and pay half of what the "Times Square" crowd does!

Wyndham Garden Chinatown

The Leon Hotel offers small, clean and basic rooms to NYC visitors. In particular, guests love the views of the Manhattan Bridge from the rooms and the services. Most guests consider The Leon a value for the price, but some had higher expectations – like the quality of the toiletries and bedding. If you need a place to sleep 6 hours a night in Manhattan, it’s a steal. If you expect more from a hotel costing less than $200/night, move on to a higher tier establishment.

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  • General Address: 217 Park Row, New York, NY 10038, chinatown.nyc

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Chinatown NYC

Chinatown NYC is a small, but very densely packed area of shops and restaurants. It is really fun to walk around, enjoy the culture, pick up some souvenirs, and most definitely, eat some delicious and affordable Dim Sum, dumplings, pork buns and other amazing Chinese cuisines.

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  • To Do: Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), Mahayana Buddhist Temple, Dim Sum & Dumplings

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