Discover the gems hidden in Chinatown’s bustling patchwork of narrow, neon-lit streets.
EAT: Pork Buns at Nom Wah
This 98-year-old tea parlor and dim sum joint in the middle of curved Doyers Street is worth the wait. 11-13 Doyers Street (between Pell Street and Bowery)
DESSERT: Black Sesame Scoops at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
They have been making homemade ice cream for more than 40 years, but the folks at the Factory aren’t afraid to keep up with today’s food trends; recent flavors have included green tea Oreo, maple bacon, lychee rose, and honey lavender. 65 Bayard Street (between Mott and Elizabeth Streets)
BROWSE: Ninja Gear at Bok Lei Po Trading Inc.
This no-frills shop is filled with everything you’d need to unleash your inner Bruce Lee: nunchucks, canvas training shoes, sparring equipment, and samurai swords. 63 Mott Street (between Bayard and Canal Streets)
DO: Play One-of-a-Kind Video Games at Chinatown Fair Family Fun Center
A hole-in-the-wall independent arcade that opens up into a mini wonderland of not-found-elsewhere games. 8 Mott Street (between Mosco Street and Chatham Square)