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Chinatown New York City is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Manhattan. Chinese immigrants settled in the area in the 1800's. Chinatown offers a unique historical and cultural experience not found anywhere else in the world.


"What Is That?"

David EngIf you've walked the streets of New York's Chinatown, and you're like us, you've found yourself standing and staring at something and wondering, "What is that?" Hey, Chinese tourists must wonder the same when confronted with apple-bobbing, luxury pet hotels and Hot Pockets+AK4-.

Fortunately, Explore Chinatown can lead us off the beaten path.  After you...

Lin Sister Herbs

Munchie's Paradise
Bubble Tea
Lucky Bamboo
Intriguing Ingredients
Decoding the Storefront

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Eating in Translation


  Chinatown New York photo gallery! 


 Explore a timeline of Chinatown's history

chinatown's history & culture

Streets of Chinatown NYC Explore the Streets of Chinatown
Each of the streets in Chinatown possesses its own distinctive personality. Whether characterized by their stores and restaurants or their unique size and shape, the streets of Chinatown provide a fascinating cultural experience.

 Mott Street & Canal Street
 Grand Street & Mott Street
 Doyers Street
 Baxter Street
 East Broadway

History of Chinatown NYC

Explore the History of Chinatown
Often overlooked, Chinatown is the site of a rich history that not only tells the story of the Chinese-American experience, but also that of early Irish, Jewish and Italian immigrants. Today, remnants of the neighborhood's European-American ancestry stand side-by-side with more recent Asian-inspired landmarks.

 Chatham Square
 Columbus Park
 Five Points
 Museum of Chinese in America
 Church of the Transfiguration
 Mahayana Buddhist temple
 First Shearith Israel Cemetery
 Edward Mooney House



chinatown food & etiquette
What is Dim Sum?
Generally considered a breakfast, brunch or lunch meal, the dim sum experience is as much about how the food is served as about the food itself.
All the Tea in China
Since ancient times, tea has been one of China's most important exports to the world.
Chinese Bakeries
Most of the bakeries in Chinatown carry classic Chinese baked goods, but several offer exceptional creations and specialty items not found anywhere else in the city.