Chinatown

Manhattan

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Manhattan’s Chinatown is a thriving ethnic district, home to many generations of Chinese and Chinese American families as well as plenty of residents without Chinese heritage, but an appreciation for the neighborhood. While Chinatown is bustling in the daytime, most neighborhood establishments close by 9 p.m., fairly early by New York standards, making it a quiet residential area. Chinatown, a warren of little, winding streets, is bounded by Broadway on the West, Rutgers and Essex Streets on the East, Madison and Worth Streets on the South and Broome, Grand and Canal Streets on the North. Canal Street is known as the main thoroughfare in Chinatown, crowded with vendors selling infamous knock-off bags, jewelry and electronic accessories. Other shopping in the neighborhood consists of neighborhood supply stores, a great place to find cheap kitchen accessories and specialty grocery stores that sell everything from durian to vegan lobster. Of course, dining in Chinatown is essential. $5—in cash, of course – can easily buy you a tasty plate of dumplings at locations like C & C Prosperity Dumpling or Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle. Doyers Street, known as “Murder Alley” or “Bloody Angle” thanks to some activity in the early 20th Century, is now home to plenty of popular eateries, like the oldest dim sum parlor in New York, Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Trendy speakeasy Apotheke and Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles, which always has a line out the door are also on the ominous block. Chinatown is popular with tourists, especially on weekends when out of town guests (usually not from China) are eager to get a bite of Peking duck and try their luck at a real-looking Louis Vuitton bag. It’s also a popular lunch spot for those serving on Jury Duty. Many subway lines run through Chinatown. The #6 Lexington line, the Indepent line’s N, R, Q, W trains stop at Canal Street. The B and D stop at Grand Street and the J, M, Z make stops at Canal/Centre and Chambers Flushing in Queens and Sunset Park in Brooklyn are also homes to Chinatowns, with Queens’ Chinatown being one of the biggest in the country. By Melissa Kravitz

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

6
B
D
N
Q
J
Z
5

Buses:

M9
M22
M103

Rental Prices:

$2,500 ― $7,100

Sales Prices:

$597,000 ― $1,700,000

Landmarks:

Chinatown

School Districts:

2

Police Precincts:

5

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Reviews

  • merbear
    February 2nd 2015
    169 bar for divey good times!
  • dikar
    January 14th 2015
    The best walkable neighborhood, with its winding streets. After a cheapo delicious lunch, I head to one of the many fish or vegetable markets and bring home fresh crabs and boo choy at wonderfully inexpensive prices.
  • Kelly
    October 7th 2014
    Much better prices then SoHo but definitely a tourist spot.
  • Jamie
    September 8th 2014
    great place to shop, allows you to embrace the Chinese culture.
  • Justina_victoria
    May 28th 2014
    I have been to Chinatown before and it is great for tourist cites. It makes you feel like you are in China and have to adapt to their culture. They have great stores there too where you can dive into shopping.
  • Eric
    April 28th 2014
    Great for tourist bargains. Very crowded neighborhood, but good if you want to be in the middle of the action.
  • bradym
    March 5th 2014
    Big tourist spot, but best prices on every thing. Bags, clothes, jewelry, you name it, they got it, for a great price.

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