14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Your Sweetheart in Chinatown

From Ten Ren's Tea Time

1.  Warm up with some hot Green or Oolong Tea, and have some tasty snacks including Spring Rolls and Chicken Strips, at the new Ten Ren's Tea Time (73 Mott Street). The new space now comes with more seating and an even larger menu selection. Like what you drank? Head next door to their tea shop to purchase a few leaves to brew at home.  

2.  Take a virtual trip to the streets of Hong Kong at Cha Chan Tang (45 Mott Street). Order from a modern menu at this "tea restaurant" reminiscent of those found in Asia, and be drawn into the video that plays along the wall of the busy streets of Hong Kong teeming with nighttime activity.  Whether you order a Baked Pork Chop Rice or Seafood Spaghetti, don't forget to try the Special Cold Hong Kong Style Tea which comes in its own bottle and ice bucket. 


3.  Chinese meets Japanese meets Italian at Cutting Board (53 Bayard Street). From delicious starters like their CB Mussels and Shake Shake Fries, to large and incredibly priced entrees like the Pork Katsu Rice and Seafood Fra Diavolo Pasta, Cutting Board has your non-traditional Chinatown menu cravings covered. 


4.  Enjoy some sweet desserts with your sweetheart at InDessert (1 East Broadway). Try classic Tong Sui ("Sweet Water") flavors including Red Ben Paste and Black Sesame, or have a light bite with a Mango or Durian Wrap. After eating, sit outside at Kimlau Square and watch the sunset on East Broadway.



5.  Craving ice cream, even though it's cold out? Get your cup, cone or even cake at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory(65 Bayard Street) or Haagen Daz (53 Mott Street). From exotic flavors like Green Tea and Durian, to more traditional ones like Strawberry and Vanilla, both long-time Chinatown shops have your delicate . Remember the sprinkles!


6.  Your love is unique and deserves a gift that shows your sweetheart that they're one of a kind. Uniqulee (36 Mott Street) offers unique fine gifts specially selected by the store's owner from around the world and locally made in Brooklyn. From quirky greeting cards, hand bags, and messages in a bottle, you won't find anything at this store elsewhere.


7.  Thinking of popping the question or just want to brighten up their neckline?

Chinatown, home of the original Jewelry District, has numerous jewelry shops along Canal Street, Elizabeth Street, and the Bowery, including Golden-Jade Jewelry (189 Canal Street), Edcora Fine Jewelry (53A Elizabeth Street), NY Jewelers Exchange (72 Bowery). Luxuriously affordable rings and necklaces, you can't go wrong since "diamonds are a girl's best friend."



8.  Got that ring in your coat pocket? Take a surprise stroll to the often unknown Wedding Garden at Foley Square, across the street from the Marriage Bureau (141 Worth Street). A great place to propose or snap photos after tying the Knot.



9.  Relax and be pampered at Water Lily Spa (355 Broome Street). Enjoy a one-stop  spa  experience  including hot  stone therapy and Swedish or  Deep  Tissue massage. After a long day of walking around Chinatown, relax with a foot reflexology, the  ancient healing technique for tired legs and promoting  blood circulation. Enjoy massages in their duet room with your significant other.


10.  What's more romantic than Paris itself? The food. Enjoy a French meal with your amour at Parigot (155 Grand Street). Featuring art work by Guenter Knopp and other French artists, contrasted by vibrant colors and wooden molding, the setting is perfect for intimate meetings of two in a romantic atmosphere. Menu includes Garlic Butter Soaked Escargot, Steak Frites in Shallot Sauce, Croque Monsieurs and Salmon Ratatouille.


11.  Want to spice up the evening? Visit Old Sichuan Cuisine (65 Bayard Street) whose past patrons include former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Spicy menu recommendations include Sauteed Crab with Spicy Sauce, Double Cooked Pork, and Lamb with Cumin Flavor.



12.  What if French and Malaysian cuisine had a romantic rendezvous in Chinatown? You'd  have Aux Epices (121 Baxter Street). Small and quaint, the perfect place for staring into your sweetheart's eyes as they open wide to the amazing dishes offered including Redang Chicken, Seafood Laksa, and Pineapple Salmon. 



13.  Can't contain the love you're feeling inside and just want to sing it to the world? Stop by K-One Karaoke Bar (97 Bowery), offering 12 private rooms equipped with the latest hit songs for you to express yourself, from Madonna to Taylor Swift, to your sweetheart and all your friends.



14.  Conclude your romantic evening with a toast of vino from Puro Wine (161 Grand Street).  Puro offers affordable and hard-to-find wines from Chile, including Red, White, Rose, Sparkling or Pisco.



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Uniqulee Makes Chinese Newspaper Headlines:
"Lee Chan's unique "Uniqulee" Shop Making Chinatown More Interesting!"

General Chinatown News and Events

Hidden Spaces and (kind of) Creepy Places

When the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue was restored, not everything was painted, polished, and repaired.  As Preservation Detectives will discover, mysterious clues to the building's past were purposely left behind!  This month, explore hidden spaces and (kind of) creepy places, and discover the intriguing stories only a 127 year old building can tell.  Make an art project and win a prize too! For children ages 4-11. Reservations recommended.  

$15 per family


To RSVP click HERE.

New Martial Arts Class!
Learn Chinese kungfu basics at NYCCC! Fundamentals taught by our instructor from the Praying Mantis school will give students a strong foundation which can be applied to more specific styles of Chinese martial arts in the future. The class will improve the student's coordination and stamina as well as develop reflexes, mental concentration, and self esteem. Open to students of all ages. 

To register click HERE.

Ancient Chinese Arts Today: Martial Arts
Sun, February 8th, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - $15 (members $10)

According to legend, it was Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor, who first taught martial arts to the Chinese people during the Xia Dynasty nearly 4,000 years ago. Today, there are hundreds of different Chinese martial arts styles being practiced by people all around the world. In this workshop, families will be introduced to Shaolin kung fu by an instructor from the New York Chinese Cultural Center.

This program is a part of Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, an exhibit which examines the history of trade and immigration between China and the United States. Please visit the New-York Historical Society website to purchase tickets.

To purchase tickets click HERE

Introduction to the Chinese Almanac

Sun, Feb 8, 2015 from 2:30pm - 4pm

Admission: $20/Adults; $18/Students & Seniors; $8/MOCA Members

What does the Year of the Sheep hold in store? Joanna C. Leeand Ken Smith (co-authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac) return to decode the almanac's predictions for 2015 and share a range of New Year's traditions designed to protect your household. Each participant will receive a free copy of the Pocket Chinese Almanac (valued at $7).

To register click HERE.

Pianist Jiaxin Tian celebrates the Chinese New Year with a mix of classics and the world premiere of a contemporary Chinese work, Chinese Dream, in her second Carnegie Hall performance. Born into a musical family in Beijing, Jiaxin Tian was recently named as a Steinway Artist. She has given several concerts in New York over the last two years, and in February 2014 performed a Chinese New Year celebration recital at Alice Tully Hall.

To buy tickets click HERE.
MOCACREATE: Museum Makeover!

Sat, Feb 21, 2015 from 1pm - 4pm

Stop by MOCA for an inter-generational Lunar New Year decorating bonanza! Help us ring in the New Year by crafting your own handmade decorations to adorn the Museum.  Use an assortment of supplies to transform our space with colorful creations, which will be on display in our Cultural Programs Center through our Lunar New Year Family Festival!

To find out more click HERE.

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