Chinatown
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In the heart of Lower Manhattan is this large Chinese enclave that is New York City's Chinatown. Here, you'll find a melting pot of Asian cultures—traditional dim sum, grocery stores, noodle houses, souvenir stalls, and bubble tea shops, plus modern concepts like cool speakeasies and bars. You can also head to Columbus Park to see locals practicing tai chi, playing chess, and going about their days. Take a guided tour of the area to learn more about Chinatown’s rich history, which often includes other nearby iconic districts like Little Italy and SoHo. – Tripadvisor
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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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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,036 contributions
    Community center for Asian people
    New York's Chinatown is a thriving neighborhood on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Chinatown is a community center for Asian people, it attracts many new immigrants. Chinatown has many authentic Chinese restaurants, we had lunch with some friends who live nearby, it was a great meal, and the bill was modest.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 2, 2023
  • GuiWong
    Aurora, Canada4,512 contributions
    Authentic Chinatown Experience
    Wow. Overwhelming sights, sounds and smells. So much to see. It’s great to see the authenticity has remained while some shops and restaurants have been updated. Enjoyed a pork bun and bubble tea while meandering around the streets. A must do!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 22, 2023
  • Catherine C
    Singapore, Singapore28 contributions
    friendly neighbourhood
    people in chinatown in friendly. many eateries around, especially the bakery shops. authentic cantonese bread and pastries. very fresh and good deals in fruits along the streets. fresher than in supermarket. love the whole are and vibe is asesome.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Julia s
    Phoenix, Arizona2 contributions
    Dim sum.
    Nee hao ma Kyae kyaes'. I have been writing a lot lately; and my happiness is always Thinking of you. That; I ended up in Phoenix; Arizona since last June. Was cooking; washing Chinaware; and Cleaning. but; I checked back in at Cass. For the reason; any of you could kind to Contribute; a room; or a basement; or a Garage would be kindly appreciated. please write me back once you receive my message. shae shae nee thaw kai shaut. Was shopping in Denver; Colorado for about five years at; Pacific ocean marketplace. And; I found Fry's in Downtown; here in Phoenix. Fried Dumplings; Chicken lo mein; and Tariyaki Chicken.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • lucycan
    San Diego, California3,505 contributions
    Nice area
    This was my first time to this area. Quite close to City Hall and downtown. Seems like there are some good restaurants here and most cater towards locals. Lots of shops selling cheap crap too. And some nice markets but also lots of people selling fakes. Worth the time to walk through.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 20, 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,704 contributions
    A Brief Visit
    Chinatown in New York City is very much like Chinatown in London or Toronto. There are plenty of restaurants to get something to eat as well as shops to buy Chinese souvenirs or quirky gifts. It's nice to get an idea of how different cultures live and what's on offer.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 10, 2023
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Bea
703 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
I really adored the Chinese-style buildings, the narrow bustling streets, many little shops and fantastic restaurants. Absolutely a must to vist/
Written December 12, 2023
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,704 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Chinatown in New York City is very much like Chinatown in London or Toronto. There are plenty of restaurants to get something to eat as well as shops to buy Chinese souvenirs or quirky gifts.

It's nice to get an idea of how different cultures live and what's on offer.
Written December 10, 2023
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lucycan
San Diego, CA3,505 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
This was my first time to this area. Quite close to City Hall and downtown. Seems like there are some good restaurants here and most cater towards locals. Lots of shops selling cheap crap too. And some nice markets but also lots of people selling fakes. Worth the time to walk through.
Written October 20, 2023
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Betty J
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Couples
Sucked we ate at a Chinese restaurant the waitress was rude basically threw our food on the table. And stood on the other side snd watched us eat… Then we get the check with two one with the price and a hand written price with the cost of food and what they wanted for a tip.
Written October 3, 2023
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Julia s
Phoenix, AZ2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Nee hao ma Kyae kyaes'. I have been writing a lot lately; and my happiness is always Thinking of you.

That; I ended up in Phoenix; Arizona since last June. Was cooking; washing Chinaware; and Cleaning. but; I checked back in at Cass. For the reason; any of you could kind to Contribute; a room; or a basement; or a Garage would be kindly appreciated. please write me back once you receive my message.

shae shae nee thaw kai shaut.

Was shopping in Denver; Colorado for about five years at; Pacific ocean marketplace. And; I found Fry's in Downtown; here in Phoenix. Fried Dumplings; Chicken lo mein; and Tariyaki Chicken.
Written October 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA6,624 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Lots of shops and eateries. All are very authentic and you can find almost anything here.

We were treated to an impromptu Chinese parade.

A great day.
Written September 30, 2023
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Catherine C
Singapore, Singapore28 contributions
Jun 2023
people in chinatown in friendly. many eateries around, especially the bakery shops. authentic cantonese bread and pastries. very fresh and good deals in fruits along the streets. fresher than in supermarket. love the whole are and vibe is asesome.
Written June 18, 2023
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TWB
Cincinnati, OH2,464 contributions
Sept 2022
I've been to a handful of places in Asia and this is the real deal downtown NYC. Easy to get to. Walking around window shopping is amazing alone, but the food is fantastic. Fresh fruit & veggie markets look mouthwatering. Not to miss.
Written June 9, 2023
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CoisDeZweed
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands855 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Strolling through the streets you see a lot of different Asian restaurants, shops and small markets. Just like in Asia there is fresh fish laying on a table waiting to be bought. The typical smells are also there of course.
Written April 28, 2023
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Travel Bug
Halifax, Canada105 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
If you can handle insane sales tactics to get that GREAT deal...its a must.

Best place to pick up souvenirs. IE NYC Shirt for dog, $15. In Times Square - $34. BTW...on the street is cash only. Ask for a deal regardless.

Overlaps w Little Italy and SOHO.

Have at least 3 - 4 hours to go through.
Written April 27, 2023
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