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Chinatown, NY
New York

Chinatown featuring street scenes and a city

One of the largest Chinatown’s in the USA features every kind of Chinese cuisine, grocery store and herbalist, and a history rich in Asian, as well as European, heritage.

New York City’s Chinatown is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. The sights and smells of herbal shops, grocers and noodle cafés selling fare from every province in China make this part of Manhattan a sensory feast. With a history that stretches back to the first Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants, Chinatown-Manhattan is also one of the oldest neighborhoods in New York City.

In the 1840s this area was home to Irish, Jewish, German and Italian immigrants. While Chinese immigrants began coming to the Lower East Side in the 1870s, it was not until the late 1960s that the community began to establish itself.

Chinatown is best explored on foot. Stroll along the streets and enjoy the atmosphere. On Mott, Canal and Grand streets are Chinese groceries that display mountains of dried fish, beans, spices, fruits and vegetables. Visit the herbal pharmacies with their long wooden drawers filled with Chinese medicines made from recipes that date back thousands of years.

Follow your nose to discover some of New York's most inexpensive and tastiest meals. The small shops, street carts and hole-in-the-wall cafés offer the best choices with their noodle and dumplings specialties. Pick up a plate of steamed rice rolls, steamed pork buns or a bowel of noodle soup. For dessert, sample the flakey egg custard tarts.

Walk down historic Pell Street and see the Church of the Transfiguration, established in 1801 for Lutheran immigrants. Visit Edward Mooney House, the oldest townhouse in Manhattan, and the oldest Jewish cemetery in New York, the Shearith Israel Cemetery, built in 1683. View the golden Buddha at the Mahayana Buddhist temple, explore the archives of the Museum of Chinese in America and see the first tenements at Five Points, made famous by the Martin Scorsese film Gangs of New York. Many of the streets in Chinatown lead in to Chatham Square where the Kim Lau Memorial Arch stands. When your feet need a break, relax in Columbus Park where you can watch locals practicing tai chi or playing a game of checkers.

Located in Lower Manhattan, Chinatown’s closest subways are Canal, Grand and East Broadway.


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Hotel Mulberry
Hotel Mulberry
3 out of 5
52 Mulberry St, New York, NY
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $109 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wall Street, National September 11 Memorial, and Brooklyn Bridge. One World Trade Center and New York ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"Excellent little and affordable hotel in china town. We would stay here again."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Hotel Mulberry
Hotel 50 Bowery, part of JdV by Hyatt
Hotel 50 Bowery, part of JdV by Hyatt
4.5 out of 5
50 Bowery, East Village, New York, NY
Free Cancellation
The price is $169 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York University, and New York Stock Exchange. Brooklyn ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,200 reviews)
"Excellent facility and staff! Very clean!"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Hotel 50 Bowery, part of JdV by Hyatt
Wyndham Garden Chinatown
Wyndham Garden Chinatown
4 out of 5
93 Bowery, New York, NY
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $139 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Chinese in Americas, Bowery Ballroom, and Lower East Side Tenement Museum. New Museum ...
4.1/5Very Good! (961 reviews)
"Hotel to staý was good, Multiple restaurant choices nearby, do not have to know language other than English.."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Wyndham Garden Chinatown
Walker Hotel Tribeca
Walker Hotel Tribeca
3.5 out of 5
77 Walker Street, New York, NY
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $169 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of One World Trade Center and Brooklyn Bridge. Empire State Building and Ellis Island are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (114 reviews)
"Efficient. Clean. Modern"

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Walker Hotel Tribeca
Leon Hotel LES
Leon Hotel LES
3.5 out of 5
125 Canal Street, New York, NY
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $135 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge, and New York University. National September 11 Memorial and 5th Avenue ...
4.2/5Excellent! (809 reviews)
"We stayed in Leon Hotel for 6 nights and had a pleasant experience. We had an incredibly quiet room thanks to the great noise-reduction window used. For long duration stay, one has to inform the cleaner to clean the room daily if needed, it is not automatically cleaned daily. Our room (406) did have ..."

Reviewed on May 29, 2021

Leon Hotel LES
Manhattan Bowery Lodge
Manhattan Bowery Lodge
2 out of 5
81 Bowery, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
Located in Chinatown, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wall Street, New York University, and Brooklyn Bridge. National September 11 Memorial and 5th Avenue ...
2.5/5 (60 reviews)
"It was a tiny room no TVs,and they offered towels no rags. Worst ever they have bedbugs!! If it wasn’t freezing I wouldn’t check in. I was disappointed never again!"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Manhattan Bowery Lodge
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