Things To Do In Chinatown NYC - Dining
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The largest population of ethnic Chinese citizens outside of Asia resides here in New York City's Chinatown. In fact, the city now has more than one Chinatown. You can find communities by that name in Brooklyn and Queens, but Manhattan's NYC Chinatown still ranks as the city's Chinese historic and cultural center.
Located in Lower Manhattan between Broadway and Seward Park, Chinatown has areas that can feel like they're a world away from the rest of New York. The sidewalk food vendors along Mott or Grand Street offer an unforgettable array of sights, sounds and smells. NYC's Chinatown restaurants range from modest to magnificent and draw foodies from all over the city.
On Canal Street, you can find vendors selling watches, hats, handbags, and knick-knacks of all shapes and sizes. In some cases you might recognize the labels, though it's just possible that a few items may not have been produced by the authorized manufacturer such as the notorious Chinatown NYC handbags.
For a more formal and in-depth look at the culture, visit the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) which uses multimedia displays to tell the story of Chinese immigrants from the 1850s through today, including exhibits from contemporary Chinese-American artists.
There is no better place to experience the Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year than in New York City's Chinatown. Both of these festivals last for several days and include very colorful and traditional parades. The Firecracker Ceremony and Culutural Festival are both highlights of the Chinese New Year celebration. 2014 is the Year of the Horse. 2015 will be the Year of the Sheep.
A visit to Chinatown NYC while you're in New York offers travelers an authentic glimpse into another culture.