Chinatown and Little Italy

Neighborhood Boundaries: Chinatown – south to Worth and Henry Street; north to Hester and Grand Street; east to Rutgers; west to Broadway; Little Italy – north to Broome Street; south to Canal Street; east to Mott Street and Bowery; west to Lafayette Street

Subways: N, Q, R, W, B, D, J, Z, 6 and F

Architecture: Predominantly low rise, pre-war, tenement style walk-up buildings with new developments along the fringes of the area (especially Chinatown)

What I Like Most About It: Food, glorious food. That’s what you can find so easily in both of these eclectic, vibrant neighborhoods. But don’t be fooled – Italian and Chinese cuisines aren’t the only things on offer (although – yes, you’d be well served to indulge in both). Both Chinatown and Little Italy boast a wide range of bars and restaurants to satisfy any taste buds. While both areas are frequented by tourists, there are still many pockets for locals to enjoy. They both have a solid amount of Mom and Pop shops that have been around for decades – something that’s increasingly disappearing throughout Manhattan. The area is very well served by public transportation, and you’re just a stone’s throw away from neighborhoods like Nolita, Soho, Tribeca and the Lower East Side.

Favorite Places and Spaces