Chinatown - What Your Guidebook Won't Tell You

Chinatown - What Your Guidebook Won't Tell You

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New York, NY / Culture / Dining

Experience the food and culture of the largest Chinese community on America's east coast.

1. Yuen Yuen Restaurant

Yuen Yuen Restaurant

61 Bayard St New York, NY, 10013

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I rarely see any tourists here, but Yuen Yuen might be one of the most authentic Cantonese delis in Chinatown. If you are looking for a truly Cantonese food experience, the most authentic choices are the items that do not have translations. Try their dessert and sweet rice ball if you prefer safer options.
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2. Tasty hand-pulled noodles Inc.

Tasty hand-pulled noodles Inc.

1 Doyers St New York, NY, 10038

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The characters on this restaurant's sign read "Lanzou", like almost every other hand-pulled noodle eatery in China.

The Mandarin name is typical but the food here is not. This particular Lanzou serves the best water-boiled dumplings in the neighborhood. I can also highly recommend their duck noodle.
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3. Excellent Pork Chop House

Excellent Pork Chop House

3 Doyers St New York, NY, 10038

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"Excellent Pork Chop House" is right next to "Tasty hand-pulled noodles Inc". The name tells you everything that you need to know about this restaurant! The pork chops here are, in fact, excellent. Also, they serve food in a style that is very authentically 1980s Taipei street food.
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4. Hong Kong Cakes

Hong Kong Cake

28 Bowery New York, NY, 10013

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Now it's snack time - Hong Kong style! Stop by Hong Kong Cake for a few egg puffs aka eggettes (or “gai daan jai“ in Catonese).

Egg puffs are a treat that brings back fond childhood memories for most Cantonese people.
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5. Columbus Park

Columbus Park

53 Mulberry St New York, NY, 10013

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Walking through Columbus Park can feel like wandering through a park in China. There, you will find elders playing the erhu (a traditional two-stringed musical instrument), speaking Cantonese and playing card games.

A sculpture of Dr. Sun Yat-sun is located at the center of the park. Who is he? A pioneer who helped to establish the Republic of China, the first democratic country in Asia. He lived in Chinatown for a while during his revolutionary career.
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6. Foot massage

Foot Massage place

21 Pell St New York, NY, 10038

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There are many establishments offering reflexology services on Pell street. This street is famous of tons of barber shops as well. Getting a foot massage is a perfect way to end up your Chinatown trip!
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