Chinatown, New York City
We got from NYC's Chinatown to the one in Flushing in something like 20 minutes, about half the time it would take on even the best train connection in town and this was at rush hour!
They dropped us off and immediately we started wondering how we were going to find another one back to The City so kept ourselves constrained to the small sketchy map I had printed out from the Internet in hopes of finding the food treasures we had read about. We headed right for the soup dumplings at Na Shian Dumpling House on Prince Street and readied ourselves for the initiation into the soup dumpling culture we had only read about. Watching the other entirely Chinese clientele bite off the top of the Hersey Kiss-shaped dumplings and suck out the tasty broth was worth the trip in itself but it was only after doing it ourselves when we realized what all the fuss was about: it was one tasty broth! We had a couple bamboo baskets of them and if we were to do it all over again, we would have ordered something else if we could have sorted out what to choose but off we went in search of other culinary delights.
We headed to the Flushing Mall nearby in search of steamed dumplings swimming in red pepper oil and minced garlic only to find it closing for the night. My eyes begged special treatment but the tired looking owner was having no part of my ploy for sympathy. Disappointed but not entirely dejected we sped over to a street vendor we had spotted en route and ordered a couple lamb kebabs from a northern province of China. Delicious at only a dollar a stick and much needed for the freezing walk to the next stop. We descended into the foreboding Golden Mall in search of a cold noodle dish called liang pi but even after numerous trips to Southeast Asia, this grubby mall-in-the-wall was a bit too daunting for us and besides, it was freezing out and looking for cold noodles at this point seemed senseless. (concluded below in Fondest Memory)
So much to see, so much to do but let's get talking: SO much to eat. You name it they got it and they got it good.
Fondest memory: Okay, this is where I went a bit overboard with my obsession with food. My wife could understand my wanting to find the best pizza, the best bagel, and even the best deli in NYC but the best Chinese food? And not even IN The City but in perhaps North America, possibly outside China. Well, maybe that's taking it a bit far but as strange as this sounds, this entire trip to New York City had its inception in an article in our local Sunday paper about how you could find more types of Chinese cuisine in a small neighborhood in Flushing, NY than anywhere outside of China. It sounded not only incredibly good but such an adventure that not only I but my wife was dying to go there. Of course, once we got to New York City and only had two days there, she started to ease up a bit on “having to go.” It was out-of-the-way, it was going to be time-consuming and we most certainly could not go during the day and waste valuable site-seeing time. No, we'd have to go at night and maybe miss out on some of the foodie treasures and we'd have to brave NYC winter temperatures in doing it.
Taking the train sounded daunting and would take too much time so we opted on going on one of the Chinatown Shuttles we had read about. Sure, they sounded possibly a bit hair raising in NYC traffic with a crazed Chinese driver but it was quicker and much cheaper. As it turned out, it was easier to do than it sounded. You just had to wander around NYC's Chinatown looking for small white vans heralding many destinations. As it turns out, this mostly for Chinese American shuttle network shuffles people from one US Chinatown to another rather efficiently and largely unbeknownst to the population at large. And we are not talking taking a slow boat to China either, baby. No, they move you about as quickly as is legally and even illegally possible. (continued below in Fondest Memory)
chine town is very exciting. chinese people are benevolent.
Fondest memory: at the moment, i walking in the chinetown. three gangster said "give me all your money!". I said "Kiaaaaaaa!" same to Karate kid. The gangsters're run away.
Chinatown rocks for awesome food. We just walked around drunk and naked and found places at random to eat at. Tones of good food. Can be a bit slow sometimes.
WOO! Wonton soup and french fries #1!
Fondest memory: Getting drunk with a beaver.
If its your first time to NY then you have to visit the empire state building. It costs about £10 for a ticket which with given you access inside the building where you take an elevator right to the top (102 floors). The panoramic view of the city is amazing! especially at night when all the lights are visible, one tip thought-dont buy anything from the gifts shop because the same souvenirs are alot cheaper on the high street.
Fondest memory: I have alot of great memories about New York. If your looking for bargains and designer immitation jewellery, clothing etc then you need to visit Canal Street in China town - the street is packed with market stalls and its difficult to tell the different between the copy designer goods and genuine designers...we spent an entire day shopping around this area.
Ice-skating in central park was also amazing - we went one evening when its a bit quieter and took a horse and cart tour around the park.
Travel to China without leaving Manhattan!! Eat real chinese food (don't ask what are you eating, is better that way), buy 'real' Rolex®' watches, read fortune's cookies, practice Tai-Chi (early in the morning)...
You can start at Canal Street, just below 'Little Italy'.
One of the best things about New York City is its Diversity. It has various ethnic areas such as China -Town an Little Italy. And there is also diversity in its people. NYC is a major melting pot with folks from around the world.
Fondest memory: NYC is also the artistic capital of the United States. Here there are more museums then in any other part of the country. A delight to the conneissuer.
Starting on Canal Street , Chinatown businesses come outside the storefronts and set up on the sidewalks. There are many rare and unusual foods and remedies to be bought.
There are around 300 restaurants along the crowded streets of Chinatown.
Fondest memory: Confucious Plaza comes complete with a statue of Confucious.
There is also a Buddhist Temple to visit. And gift shops galore.
Favorite thing: New York City’s Chinatown, the largest Chinatown in the United States—and the site of the largest concentration of Chinese in the western hemisphere—is located on the lower east side of Manhattan. Its two square miles are loosely bounded by Kenmore and Delancey streets on the north, East and Worth streets on the south, Allen street on the east, and Broadway on the west. With a population estimated between 70,000 and 150,000, Chinatown is the favored destination point for Chinese immigrants, though in recent years the neighborhood has also become home to Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Burmese, Vietnamese, and Filipinos among others.
I know it's where all the tourists go, but if you really want to see the city, go to the Empire State Building -- it's a great view of the city and even the surrounding areas.
Fondest memory: Looking for the Buddhist Temple! On our map it showed a little pic indicating there was a Buddhist Temple in China Town. We searched for HOURS but couldn't find it - the people on the streets didn't even know one existed there! After a while we gave up, and ended up running into one on our way to Battery Park. It was great, the people in there were really nice and let us go inside.
just walk around and discover the places urself!
Don't miss China town and bargain hard!
I must say we felt home in Soho/Village ;)
Anybody wants to rent a cheap flat 4 us ??
Fondest memory: We took a walk from West Village through SoHo to China Town, Canal Street, and Litle Italy. There are so many great eateries along the way it was so hard to settle for just one. We chose Dim Sum this paticular day...and boy was it good!
China TownFor a taste of Asia without leaving New York, visit the world-renowned Chinatown that dates back to 1858, when the first Chinese resident moved into the area. After facing the prejudice of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, many mining & railroad workers moved to larger cities including New York, making it the largest Chinese community in the West. They brought their rich culture & customs, and by the 1960's, other ethnicities such as Vietnamese, Korean, Malaysian, Cambodian & Thai made it their home as well. Today it is considered an important tourist stop, because of its constant movement, curio shops, fresh vegetable stands & great restaurants. But if you take time to walk the streets, alleys & parks, you'll be able to find much more than that: many generations that have managed to maintain their cultural expressions intact while making it in the big city.
Chinatown is a very neat place to go. Also Soho and little Italy. The murals on the buildings are exquisite!
Fondest memory: My best memory of New York is the energy. It is palpable in the city- all the hustle and bustle. Everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere, or at least pretending they are. It truly is the city that never sleeps.
Walking through Chinatown is a great experience. The shops and restaurants selling odd fish, meats, and trinkets provide constant entertainment.
Fondest memory: I'd have to go with the bucket of frogs