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CHINATOWN GUIDE

Essential guide to manhattan's chinatown

Manhattan's Chinatown, is second best to the mecca of authentic eats you'll find over in Flushing, Queens. Its accessible NYC location provides a full cultural immersion just steps from the buzzing streets of nearby TriBeCa and SoHo neighborhoods. Here you'll find plenty of noodle shops, dim sum halls, tea parlors, knick-knack shops and more. Its vibrant streets and downtown allure have started to attract more upscale and trendy spots to move in- offering a mix of world-class cuisines and contemporary options. The best of frozen-in-time dives, cash-only gems, and nostalgic charm still remains...

...and (in our opinion) Chinatown is only getting better.

RESTAURANTS

Cruise-ship like decor, dated chandeliers, bamboo steamers toppled high onto whizzing carts as far as the eye can see. No one does old-school dim sum on a more absurdly grand scale than Jing Fong. The food itself is appealing in a greasy sort of way, and lots of carts mean you'll fill your table up quickly.

LOCATION

20 Elizabeth St.

New York, NY, 10013

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The OG Chinatown dim sum parlor (since 1920). This spot is a true institution, that recently underwent a contemporary update, adding more locations and offerings, while maintaining its nostalgic charm. With fill-in-yourself sheets, it's dim sum on demand all day long.

 

LOCATION

13 Doyers St.

New York, NY, 10013

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A (comparable to most in Chinatown) upscale Dim Sum experience with an extensive menu of traditional dishes and fresh-out-the-tank seafood specialties. 

 

LOCATION
22 Mott St
New York, NY 10013
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Authentic Cantonese dim sum parlor with retro feels spread over multiple floors of a Chinatown office. Order on the sheet or try something different with a wide variety of classic dishes via fast-moving carts.

LOCATION
18 E Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Authentic Shanghainese Chinese round table restaurant with family-style seating and dishes. They're most famous for their soup dumplings (Xiao Long Bao), which lives up to expectations.

 

LOCATIONS

9 Pell Street

New York, NY 10013

 

24 W 56 Street

New York, NY 10019 

 

136-21 37th Avenue

Flushing, NY 11354

 

 

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A no-frills Chinatown classic serving up traditional Shanghai style eats so expect things like soup dumps (with black truffles) & gloriously shiny Shanghai stir-fried noodles with vegetables.

LOCATION
21 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013

Wo Hop

Longtime restaurant serving Chinese eats in bright, no-frills digs amid customer photos. Open late.

LOCATION
17 Mott St
New York, NY 10013

Peking Duck House

With duck prepared just as beautifully as it is delicious, this contemporary Chinese restaurant in the heart of Chinatown always remains a favorite for those seeking out tableside-carved peking duck and other traditional Chinese staples.

 

LOCATIONS

28 Mott Street

New York, NY 10013

236 E 53rd St

New York, NY 10022

 
 

NOODLES & DUMPLINGS

Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles

Hole-in-the-wall noodle shop located on Chinatown's famed Doyers St, serving up namesake noodles, authentic dumplings and sides.

LOCATION

1 Doyers St

New York, NY

Great NY Noodletown

No frills noodle shop serving up thin noodles, duck and cantonese dishes like salt-baked seafood. 

LOCATION

28 Bowery

New York, NY

88 Lan Zhou Handmade Noodles

Classic no-frills Chinatown nondescript shop serving up hand-pulled noodles, steamed and fried dumplings. They’re not only some of Chinatowns best, but with a platter of 10 for $3 they’re some of the cheapest.

LOCATION

40 Bowery

New York, NY, 10013

Xi'an Famous Foods

What started as a small food stall in Flushing, Queens, Xi’an Famous Foods has expanded to locations all over the city and has become the go-to spot for bowls of spicy noodles, soups and dumplings. 

LOCATIONS

West Village, East Village, Nolita, Chinatown, Flatiron, Midtown, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Greenpoint, Flushing

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Spicy Village

No-frills spot in serving up large portions of hand-pulled noodles (some of NYC's best), and dishes from Henan-province Chinese food.

LOCATION

68B Forsyth St
New York, NY 10003

Vanessa's Dumplings

Home of the legendary sesame pancake sandwich, Vanessa's also serves up some of the best pan-fried & steamed dumplings in the city, at incredibly low prices.

LOCATIONS

118A Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

220 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003 

70 Pine Street
New York, NY 10005

Joe's Steam Rice Roll

By far one of our favorite Flushing imports, Joe's Steamed Rolls are a must try!  Made-to-order sheets of rice noodle batter are steamed into thin noodle sheets and rolled up with any of their incredible fillings: including beef, shrimp, pork, egg, char siu, and more. 

 

 

LOCATIONS

(Canal Street Market)

261 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013

 

 

 

 

BAKERIES

Mei Li Wah Bakery

No-frills dim sum restaurant/ bakery serving up traditional steamed and baked buns, congee and rice noodle rolls.

LOCATION

64 Bayard St.
New York, NY 10003

Tai Pan Bakery

Pristine & vibrant Chinatown bakery with colorful fruit tartlets, mochis, cakes, and other Hong Kong-style sweet baked treats.

LOCATIONS

194 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013

37-25 Main Street

Flushing, NY 11354

Lung Moon Bakery

Classic Chinese bakery featuring sweet and savory specialties like moon cakes, egg custards, steamed pork buns, and many more traditional baked goods like macarons and cookies.

LOCATIONS

194 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013

37-25 Main Street

Flushing, NY 11354

Keki Modern Cakes

Small bakery specializing in bouncy, Japanese-style souffle cheesecakes, Taiwanese-style castella sponge cakes, and other delicate tarts sourced from fresh and local ingredients.

LOCATIONS

79 Mott St
New York, NY 10013

315 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016

 

ICE CREAM

Unmatched by any newcomers to the scene, this Chinatown shop is a favorite for NYC locals & tourists for its ingenious flavors.

 

LOCATION

64 Bayard St.
New York, NY 10003

A Japanese ice cream shop serving inventive flavors in a fish-shaped waffle cone.

 

LOCATIONS

119 Baxter Street
New York, NY 10013

294 Bedford Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11249

Thai-style rolled ice cream, with both dairy and vegan options plus unlimited toppings.​

 

LOCATION

184 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

 

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