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

Kung Fu Tea

Fay Da Bakery

Apotheke

Lombardi’s

Golden Unicorn

Il Cortile

X’ian Famous Foods

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Meow Parlour

21 Shanghai House

Seamore’s

Hotel 50 Bowery

Joe’s Shanghai

Ferrara Bakery