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Things to Do Must-See Chinatown
Feast on soup dumplings, sip tea, purchase herbs, learn about the past and enjoy other dining, shopping and cultural opportunities in Manhattan's Chinatown.
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ToursPrivate Soho Chinatown Little Italy Tour
Come explore three unique neighborhoods with rich history and see some of the sites these places have to offer. Soho: Known for its architecture, art, and shopping. Chinatown: A bustling neighborhood with traditional cuisine and some of the best bargains in Manhattan. Little Italy: Famous for its food, festive atmosphere, and heritage. Who knows? You may find your new favorite neighborhood.
ToursNYC Neighborhoods Small-Group Tour
Embark on a small-group, 2-hour walking tour of three unique Manhattan neighborhoods: SoHo, Chinatown, and Little Italy. Get to know these distinct NYC communities, each with its own culture and history. Meander through upscale SoHo, hailed for its architecture, art, and high-end shopping; explore Chinatown, home to traditional foods and some of the city’s best bargains; and then spend time perusing Little Italy, famous for its cuisine, festive atmosphere, and European heritage.
ToursNYC Highlights Private Tour by Foot and Subway
Take this customized private tour of New York City and embark on a truly unique experience. Travel by foot and subway like a real New Yorker, with just you, your group and a private, knowledgeable guide. See New York’s top sightseeing attractions and neighborhoods, all with a licensed NYC tour guide who is passionate about our great city.
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ToursStories from Manhattan's Dark Side with NYPD Guide
Go on the beat with a retired NYPD detective or officer, and learn the shocking truth behind New York’s organized crime rings, white-collar swindlers, and modern scandals. Visit traditional hotbeds of NYC crime like Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and a more recent addition to the list of Manhattan’s most notorious neighborhoods: Wall Street. A perfect 2-5-hour tour for anyone interested in true crime, storytelling, or the turbulent history of this legendary American city.
ToursHudson River Bike Rental
Biking is the perfect way to see lower Manhattan. The area is rich in architectural, historical and cultural beauty. You’ll go from the Lower East Side to Little Italy to Chinatown, the City Hall area and the World Trade Center quickly and easily.
ToursPrivate Motorcycle Sightseeing Tour of Manhattan
Cruise around downtown Manhattan on a private motorcycle tour to see top New York City attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Freedom Tower, Chinatown, Little Italy, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, and City Hall.
ToursSoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown Walking Tour
Known today for popular restaurants, shops and tourism, the Manhattan neighborhoods of SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown boast some of New York City’s richest history. Take a 2-hour walking tour with an expert local guide to discover hidden gems, 19th-century architecture, historical churches, and several locations of the mob and gang violence that plagued these areas of Lower Manhattan for decades. Learn about the hardships that early immigrants faced and how the neighborhoods became what they are today.
ToursFull-Day NYC Small-Group Tour
ToursChinatown and Little Italy Food Fest
Explore the tastes and history of two ethnic NYC neighborhoods, Chinatown and Little Italy. Animated and friendly guides allow their guests to learn these neighborhoods through fascinating historical stories and culinary delights. The delicious food tastings range from homemade mozzarella to a sit-down dim sum dining experience. One leaves this tour fully satisfied, along with a new found confidence in navigating the neighborhoods with a provided recommendation list in hand. This tour is a must if you're a local or visitor looking to get off-the-beaten path and taste amazing foods.
In the Neighborhood
Arts & Culture
Mahayana Buddhist Temple
New York City's largest Buddhist temple, located at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, contains more than just New York City's largest Buddha—though the 16-foot-tall gold statue, seated on a lotus, is certainly reason enough to make the trip.
Outdoors & Recreation
Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center
Tucked between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges (in a micro-neighborhood sometimes known as Knickerbocker Village or Two Bridges), this community recreation center offers year-round facilities like an indoor volleyball court, Ping-Pong tables, a gymnasium, a computer lab and a kitchen; plus, seasonal facilities like a playground, outdoor basketball and handball courts, an artificial turf field and picnic areas.
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Those whose palates crave adventure far beyond what Baskin-Robbins has to offer make pilgrimages to this legendary ice cream shop, where the ever-changing list of flavors favors exotic tastes like lychee, black sesame, wasabi, avocado, ginger, taro, papaya, green tea, red bean and durian, over the standard vanilla and chocolate (though they do serve those traditional flavors, as well).
This relaxed coffee and tea shop in the heart of Chinatown sets itself apart from the rest of the area’s bubble tea emporiums by maintaining a traditional coffee-house atmosphere, with a large seating area and WiFi, while also offering sandwiches and small snacks.