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LES / Chinatown

Chinatown has been and remains a neighborhood of strong ethnic history. Over time this neighborhood has experienced a heavy flux of Chinese immigration thus having a large impact on the surrounding neighborhoods of Little Italy, Tribeca, Soho and Lower East Side. Because of its cultural diversity and over growth of unique boutiques Chinatown and surrounding areas have become high demand housing to the social elite and nouveau-riche. Young and old flock here to taste culinary delights from all over the globe. From cheap duds to decadent one-of-a-kinds this downtown neighborhood has become a shopping Mecca.

You'll have the convenience of a heavy mix of Asian restaurants where crowds flock into town for weekend dim sum before afternoon shopping. You'll eat at restaurants that live in dining infamy such as Aqua Grill and Mercer Kitchen. Boutiques that house hard to find luxury duds like Togs, Betsey Johnson and Cynthia Rowley.

Chinatown has been and remains a neighborhood of strong ethnic history. It, in fact, houses one of the largest Chinese populations outside of China itself. Over time this neighborhood has experienced a heavy flux of Chinese immigration thus having a large impact on the surrounding neighborhoods of Little Italy, Tribeca, Soho and Lower East Side. Because of its cultural diversity and growth of unique boutiques, Chinatown and surrounding areas have become high demand housing to the social elite and nouveau-riche. Young and old flock here to taste culinary delights from all over the globe. From cheap duds to decadent one-of-a-kinds this downtown neighborhood has become a shopping Mecca.

You'll have the convenience of a heavy mix of Asian restaurants where crowds flock into town for weekend dim sum before afternoon shopping. You'll eat at restaurants that live in dining infamy such as Aqua Grill and Mercer Kitchen, and boutiques that house hard to find luxury duds like Togs, Betsey Johnson and Cynthia Rowley.

Most of Chinatown is composed of typical New York City walk-up buildings, and yet it has a vibe different than anywhere else in the city. On many streets, all the signs are written in Chinese, and it is this authenticity, as well as the delicious, authentic food, that brings visitors to the area.

Some other excellent restaurants in the area are Evergreen Shanghai, Fried Dumpling, Joe’s Shanghai, Peking Duck House, Pho Bang, Ten Ren’s Teatime, and the oddly-placed Les Enfants Terribles, a Franco-African restaurant. There are also some delicious Asian bakeries, such as Lung Moon, Maria’s Bakery, and Tai Pan Bakery. Although Chinatown businesses close relatively early, by Manhattan standards, there are a few clubs and bars, such as Mehanata 416 BC and Yello, a bar that features a comedy night and karaoke and attracts people of all walks of life.

Chinatown also offers a wide variety of shopping, such as Canal Hi-Fi, Honk Keung Market, Hung Chun Imports, Kam Man, Pearl River Mart, and others.

In February every year, Chinatown also celebrates the Chinese New Year with celebrations such as dragon parades, festivals, and more, making it a very exciting time to visit this bustling area.


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