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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Dining, Shopping and Walking

Top Hotels in Chinatown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Canal Loft Hotel
2.5 out of 5
94 Canal Street, New York
$99/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
3.6/5Good! (273 reviews)

"Very nice and very clean hostel. Well located and staff very friendly"…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

Canal Loft Hotel
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The Hotel 91
3 out of 5
91 E Broadway, New York
$136/night
Jul 21 - Jul 22
3.7/5Good! (1,992 reviews)

"The rooms are clean & sufficient for the price. I understand this is NYC but keep in mind that the rooms are extremely small. This hotel is in the heart of Chinatown. Parking is available at nearby garages (not affiliated with the hotel) for a price of about $30 for every 24 hours, no in-and-out ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

The Hotel 91
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Hotel 50 Bowery NYC
4.5 out of 5
50 Bowery, East Village, New York
$142/night
Jul 21 - Jul 22
4.6/5Exceptional! (999 reviews)

"Great decor, room was a good size, free coffee in the morning"…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Hotel 50 Bowery NYC
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Soho Garden Hotel
2.5 out of 5
276 Canal Street, New York
$99/night
Jul 21 - Jul 22
3.7/5Good! (1,563 reviews)

"I liked the views from the room, the size was perfect for one person, the room was very private and the location was excellent, since next to it there was a subway station."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Soho Garden Hotel
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Hotel Mulberry
3 out of 5
52 Mulberry St, New York
$169/night
Jul 19 - Jul 20
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,153 reviews)

"Not a morden hotel, but very clean and spaces. Staffs are nice and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Hotel Mulberry
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Leon Hotel
3.5 out of 5
125 Canal Street, New York
$117/night
Aug 11 - Aug 12
4.2/5Excellent! (704 reviews)

"Good hotel. Location is good as well. Chinatown and Little Italy close by."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Leon Hotel

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New York City Explorer Pass: 80+ Tours & Attractions
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New York City Explorer Pass: 80+ Tours & Attractions

$64

Choose your favorite New York sights and activities and save on admission. Climb to the top of the iconic Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock Observatory. Jump aboard the Hop-on Hop-Off Big Bus Tour or board the ferry to Ellis Island and meet Lady Liberty herself.

Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options
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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

$44

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is the World’s Most Famous Building.

9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line
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9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line

$28

Pay your reverent respects to the victims of 9/11 at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Reflect before the quiet fountains where the Twin Towers once stood, and learn about the heroes, sacrifices, and ongoing impact of the tragic 2001 attacks.

One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket
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One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket

$37

Located on the World Trade Center Campus, skip the long ticket line to enjoy the observatory of this shimmering skyscraper – the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. Step into the glass-enclosed Sky Pod to be whisked up 102 floors in 47 seconds.

American Museum of Natural History Tickets
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American Museum of Natural History Tickets

$20

A sculpted showdown—cast from real dinosaur fossils—between a Barosaurus and an Allosaurus greets you beneath the soaring ceilings of the museum's rotunda as you enter, setting the scene for the dramatic and lifelike exhibits to come.

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour with Pedestal Access
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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour with Pedestal Access

$57

Discover the majesty of the Statue of Liberty and the history of Ellis Island on this engaging walking tour. With convenient priority boarding on the ferry, enjoy quick access to the Statue of Liberty and take an informative stroll around these historic sites with your expert guide.

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