The streets of New York City’s Chinatown are teeming with bakeries, restaurants, boutiques, snack shops, herbal pharmacies, temples, and bars and nightclubs, which retain Shanghai flair, making visitors feel as if they have just stepped foot in a foreign land across the globe. For history enthusiasts, the gorgeous galleries, informative museums, and landmarks within the community capture the Chinese-American experience and tell the story of the immigrants’ history, growth, and successes within our nation.
New York City is a haven for fashion lovers and style enthusiasts, offering a seemingly endless selection of chic boutiques and trendy clothing steals. However, for those who think they have seen it all, Chinatown’s Canal Street offers an exciting new shopping experience, with its open-air-bazaar feel, vendors willing to bargain and haggle, and an impossibly wide assortment of goods for sale. This overwhelmingly long strip of stalls and shops is known for its gray-market vendors selling knockoff designer purses (they have it all: Louis Vuitton, Prada, Coach, Gucci, Chanel, Michael Kors, and more!) alongside bootleg DVDs and unique jewelry pieces at ridiculously low prices. New Kam Man, a two-level marketplace located on the strip, sells knick-knacks, kitchenware, beauty products, home décor, cheap New York City souvenirs, specially displayed for tourist eyes, and cuisine from around the globe.
The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (CICF) is a family-owned business that adds a unique twist to one of America’s favorite desserts by introducing new Chinese-influenced flavors. Existing for over three decades and unfailingly satisfying customers’ sweet teeth and taste for foreign treats, CICF mixes together typical flavors with one-of-a-kind options to create an irresistible menu that will appeal to any dessert lover! Almond cookie, made with Chinese almond cookies from the Fung Wong Bakery soaked and blended into a delicious ice cream, black sesame, coconut, ginger, green tea, durian, coconut fudge, taro, and Zen butter (peanut butter ice cream with toasted sesame seeds) are a few crowd favorites. The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory also creates customized ice cream cakes within a day’s notice, alongside the Neapolitan and signature Chinese ice cream cakes, which both contain three layers of premium homemade ice cream.