Chinatown

New York
Chinatown

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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £80 per night from 3 Jan to 3 Jan
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Pace University, New York University and Wall Street. One World Trade Center and Brooklyn Bridge ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (963 reviews)
"Great location! If you are visiting lower Manhattan this is the place to go. Walking distance to 911 Museum, One World Observatory, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty etc. The room was clean, updated with comfy beds."

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2021

Hotel Mulberry
Walker Hotel Tribeca
Walker Hotel Tribeca
3.5 out of 5
77 Walker Street, New York, NY
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £149 per night from 3 Jan to 3 Jan
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of One World Trade Center and Brooklyn Bridge. Empire State Building and Grand Central Terminal are also ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (188 reviews)
"This review is going to be specific for an ADA Room. Check-in was fine. Check-out was fast. Room overall was clean. Bed, sheets, furniture all clean and in good condition. Bathroom and shower worked well. Please note that if you book an ADA Room, although more spacious than other rooms, it is still ..."

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2021

Walker Hotel Tribeca
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
The price is £192 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New York University, Federal Reserve Bank of New York and New York Stock Exchange. Brooklyn ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,160 reviews)
"Very clean rooms and fairly new property. Staff at front desk was super friendly. Would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2021

Hotel 50 Bowery, part of JdV by Hyatt
Wyndham Garden Chinatown
Wyndham Garden Chinatown
4 out of 5
93 Bowery, New York, NY
The price is £123 per night from 2 Jan to 2 Jan
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (971 reviews)
"The location is excellent! The hotel is very clean, updated and has courteous staff. We are very pleased with our whole experience and had a view of the New York City skyline from our room. Experiencing New York doesn’t get better than this!"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2021

Wyndham Garden Chinatown
Leon Hotel LES
Leon Hotel LES
3.5 out of 5
125 Canal Street, New York, NY
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £104 per night from 3 Jan to 3 Jan
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Pace University, New York University and Wall Street. 5th Avenue and South Street Seaport are also ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (863 reviews)
"😻😻"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 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 miles (3 km) of Pace University, New York University and Wall Street. 5th Avenue and One World Trade Center are ...
2.5/5 (61 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2021

Manhattan Bowery Lodge
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