Perhaps the most well-known of New York’s many ethnic enclaves, Chinatown stands out as an area where Chinese and American cultures merge to form something entirely unique. Home to everything from traditional fish markets to dive karaoke bars, old and new ways of life meet in this world-famous neighborhood. Here, we’ve rounded up 11 reasons to get lost in New York City’s Chinatown.
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or simply an open-minded eater hungry for a meat-free meal, Chinatown is a premier destination for plant-based dining. At foodie-favorites Vegetarian Dim Sum House and The Original Buddha Bodai, locals and tourists alike devour preserved Cantonese cabbage buns, barbecue “pork” fried rice, pan-fried dumplings, and much more.
Vegetarian Dim Sum House, 24 Pell St #1, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 577 7176
The Original Buddha Bodai, 5 Mott St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 566 8388
Exotic fruits and vegetables
One feature of Manhattan that may surprise out-of-towners is the borough’s abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, available for purchase from the city’s many sidewalk stands. In Chinatown, these ordinary outfits transform into something excitingly unfamiliar: spindly rambutans, mangosteens, and super-sized soursops are just a sampling of the exotic natural treats that the area offers.
Various locations in New York, NY, USA
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