Steamed Dumplings, Gang Wars & the Pursuit of the American Dream in Chinatown NYC

New York, NY

  • The view up Pell St.
  • The staff behind the counter.
  • Black Milk Tea with Tapioca Pearls.
  • Mulberry St in 1890. The buildings to the left are where Columbus Park stands now.  From the Museum of the City of New York.
  • Two men play Chinese Chess.
  • Inside these jars are the cures to all of life's ailments.
  • This goddess statue greets you on the way into the store.
  • Ornate chopsticks carved from mahogany and other precious woods.
  • The Quong Yuen Shing store in 1917 (from the National Museum of American History).
  • Samples of Fried Cuttle Fish and Thai's Squid.
  • A view down Doyer Street.
  • The Nom Wah Tea Parlor.
  • The Pelham Cafe.
  • Mock Duck.
  • Durian fruit hanging outside. Most places ban it because it "tastes like heaven, smells like hell."
  • The black truffle xiao long bao.
  • The fu lions guarding the entry to the Mahayana Buddhist Temple.
  • A bite from the dan tat reveals layers of crust and a consistent custard.
  • Behind the counter at Tai Pan Bakery.
  • Pick a bag, any bag. Images of knock-off bags for your choosing.  Photograph by Andrea Morales for The New York Times.

1 hour and 30 minutes
0.8 mi
Guided by Jason

Clocking in at over 107,000 residents, dozens of newspapers and hundreds of restaurants, Chinatown is practically its own city within Manhattan. Come discover the best of the hidden alleys, delicious food, exotic markets, cultural shops and sometimes-violent history that has shaped this ever-changing neighborhood.

About Your Guide
I am all about exploring local history, architecture, food and art to learn about how places came to be. You can find me in search of hidden places, the best dim sum, secret speakeasies, skyline vistas and other ingredients to build the perfect day.

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Guide Points
  1. Ten Ren Tea Time
  2. Columbus Park
  3. Sun's Organic Garden
  4. Yunhong Chopsticks Shop
  5. Aji Ichiban
  6. The Bloody Angle of Doyers St
  7. Pell St Vice
  8. Bayard Meat Market
  9. Shanghai Asian Cuisine
  10. Mahayana Buddhist Temple
  11. Tai Pan Bakery
  12. TBD Mysterious Secret Handbag Store on Canal Street

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